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    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Warrior View Post
    Fitness standards now in cricket are totally different and one of the reasons for Pakistan's decline in LO is how far they are lagging behind.
    Yep spot on.
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    Will be funny to see Pakistan defeat India and see the bhakts rage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    Will be funny to see Pakistan defeat India and see the bhakts rage.
    Nah, it will be funnier to see Pakpassion fume and open a billion threads slating Hafeez. Let's go with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    Will be funny to see Pakistan defeat India and see the bhakts rage.
    This looks unlikely.

    A more likely scenario is sarfaraz getting his first effigy burnt.
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Warrior View Post
    That is different though. War time relations cannot be compared with normal times. But what I am referring to is the hatred and vitriol and alarmingly dangerous pronouncement of 'anti national' and 'treachery' that is seen on various mediums - media/new channels, not to mention FB/Twitter in both countries. Maybe 99 didn't have twitter so it wasn't as loud but the kind of stuff I see on a daily basis on social media today is unbelievable.
    A good example, every time an Indian cricketer or commentator paid tribute to Misbah/Younis on twitter recently, almost all of them got called out for being 'traitors' and 'praising the enemy'

    Last year when Afridi said in a Press conference in India during World T20 how much he was appreciated by the Indian crowd, he got called out in Pakistan for being disloyal. This is Afridi - the single most loved and popular cricketer in Pakistan

    This is unprecedented. I have never seen Indian/Pakistani players/commentators facing that kind of backlash for praising each other. Not even in 1999.
    I really think this is at least in part because of social media though. It used to be only Youtube comments back in the day, now that everyone's online it's appearing on facebook and twitter as well.

    People have always been ****s, now they have a platform.
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    Don't think India will qualify for the semis. There are couple of issues. The batting isn't particularly great. Secondly, and more importantly, India would not have sufficient batting practice time in England to adjust to the conditions compared to other teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    Don't think India will qualify for the semis. There are couple of issues. The batting isn't particularly great. Secondly, and more importantly, India would not have sufficient batting practice time in England to adjust to the conditions compared to other teams.
    Massive call that. Its a lovely group it really is. Pakistan have not won a limited over series of worth since well I don't know (I don't count the West Indies)

    The loss of Sharjeel is absolutely massive, very one paced side. Then Lanka. They are in huge decline also, lost to Scotland the other day


    South Africa? Tough match, but India know how to beat them and as we seen the other day Saffers not exactly invincible.

    Out of curiosity for the Indian posters, 50 over format only, who from Lanka and Pakistan who would you take?

    Out of Pakistan, Khan would have been welcomed, but suspended, then I don't really see anyone who would majorly improve India. None of the bowlers you can point to and say yeah defo better than what India have" I suppose Malik and Wasim would be considered at best.

    Lanka?, Angelo obviously and maybe one of their hitters, but nobody really sticks out bar that.

    I am not happy with how dull the Indian squad is, but its still pretty elite.

    India probably lose all 3 games now
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    India and South Africa have the 7th and 8th ranked teams in their group. If they don't qualify, they have only themselves to blame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Warrior View Post
    India and South Africa have the 7th and 8th ranked teams in their group. If they don't qualify, they have only themselves to blame.
    This, I can't see how India and SA could lose to Pak and SL. Both are absolute shite in this format. Well, i can see SA bottling up a tense situation but India should fancy an easy qualification

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    Niall, currently Sri Lanka looks a far weaker side than Pakistan. It's a tough one though as Sri Lanka has been the better odi side over the past decade.

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    About India's batting.. Dhoni might play as specialist batsman and Karthik keep..

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    DK might have been picked as specialist batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    About India's batting.. Dhoni might play as specialist batsman and Karthik keep..
    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    DK might have been picked as specialist batsman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    Niall, currently Sri Lanka looks a far weaker side than Pakistan. It's a tough one though as Sri Lanka has been the better odi side over the past decade.
    Not entirely true. There are only two teams LO cricket I would consider Pakistan to be comfortably better than - and that's West Indies and Sri Lanka
    Pakistan beat them in Sri Lanka the last time they met. Also have a series win against them in 2013, having lost in 2014.

    Based on results since World Cup 2015, this is how I rate the ODI teams

    Tier 1:
    Australia, India, South Africa

    Tier 2:
    New Zealand, England

    Tier 3
    Bangladesh

    Tier 4
    Pakistan

    Tier 5
    Sri Lanka, West Indies
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    I'd rather have Dhoni play as a specialist keeper to be honest.

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