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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Predicting the World Cup Winner: An immature assessment

In spite of the fact that he was talking to Mandira Bedi and Charu Sharma on the sets of Max' s Extraa Innings, Dean Jones made a few very pertinent points:
( immediately after the Newzealand-England match)
1. Initial indications show that pace will rule over spin at this World Cup - 1 for 171 for the spinners today. ( includes Panesar, Vettori and Jeetan Patel)
2. Medium scoring games should be the rule rather than the exception: those old-fashioned 200-250 run games, which i think were far more fun than these 300+ run fests. Of course, we are not talking about those other games, where Gibbs hits six sixes in six balls, and then Boucher hits quite a few more.
3. Middle-order and lower middle order batters will be just as important as the top, if not more. ( ok, this Dino didnt say, i made it up)
I think it's too early to make any generalised assessments, but he may just have a point - and if he has one, it's not the best news for India or Lanka. Even if we pass off our pace attack as decent, surely our late middle-order is no where good enough. SA and NZ - they suddenly look very good. But i just want to wait - there's a difference between Kumble / Harbhajan and Panesar / Vettori. What say? I'm a little worried already.

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