Monday, 28 March 2011

India Vs Pakistan World cup 2011 Semi Finals!!! What,who & why analysis

Difference between Indian Team Vs Pakistan Team!!!

Excitement and pressure will go hand in hand when Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Indians clash with Shahid Afridi's Pakistanis in Wednesday's high-voltage World Cup semifinal in Mohali.

Though Indian team is looking strong in paper, are they still considered to be strong???

Answer is Yes!!! 


1. Most destructive Opening combo:

The best opening combo in any form of cricket  is Sachin Tendulkar & Virendra Sehwag. We should admit the fact he is the most destructive batsman of this era rated ahead of Adam Gilchrist. Sachin what to say about this little master!!! He is the best in Indian cricket or even in the world cricket has produced. If you look at the Indian cricket in 2005-2008,moment Sehwag gets out, Sachin tries to play safe & secured. Thereby our run rate dips for a while, It gradually improves later. But in recent times, If Sehwag gets out, Sachin tries to play more aggressively & keeps the score board ticking, thereby maintaining the pressure back on the bowlers. This is a very good sign for the Opening stand.

2.Evolution of Yuvraj & co:

Indian team have variety in the form of Gautam Gambhir & Virat kohli who can play sensibly according to the situation. Then followed by Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Suresh Raina. They literally replaced great players like Saurav Ganguly,Rahul Dravid,Ajay Jadeja,Mohammed Azharuddin. In this world cup 2011,there are various match winning performances from Gambhir, Kohli & Yuvraj.

3. Zaheer's Brilliance & Ashwin's Smart act:

Even though Indian team are one short of a fast bowler, they try to fill the gaps with Part timers like Yuvraj, Sachin & Raina. Zaheer Khan evolved as the head for Indian Bowling attack followed by Harbhajan Singh. Though Munaf patel's position is debatable, he really helps Indian team with his Economy bowling rate & his tempting line & length deliveries. We can say that the latest sensation to this Indian bowling attack is Ashwin, all the batsman were finding in very difficult to play his arm ball & when to expect that arm ball is a biggest question mark in batsman's head.

4.Sachin's Motivating Factor:

Most important thing in this world cup is how India handled pressure. India haven't lost a match so easily till now & the other way around they haven't won the match convincingly. Indian players are well aware of the pressure situation unlike Pakistan team. That's a good sign for INDIA!!!

Most importantly Sachin as the motivating factor for the Indian Players, Raina expressed his pleasure in sharing the dressing room with Sachin & he got to know his responsibility of playing cricket in pressure situation because of a short conversation with Sachin, All this happened in India Vs Australia match just before Raina came to bat.

Yuvraj Singh who's major contribution leads India to Semi's has something to say about Sachin. Just before the world cup, The selectors had made Yuvraj feel so unwanted... Plus, there was the fitness issue... Injury, illness... Yuvraj seemed to get everything... He spoke to a few people, most notably Sachin, who advised him not to give in so easily. Sachin Tendulkar, one understands, convinced Yuvraj Singh not to quit when the dashing left-hander had been low on confidence earlier this season.


Shahid Afridi factor:

The skipper has been the driving force behind his team's brilliant show in this World Cup. Unleashing his tricky bag of leg-spinners, Afridi has taken 21 wickets in seven games at just 10.71 to be the highest wicket-taker of the tournament so far. On sub-continent wickets, Afridi becomes tremendously dangerous with his variations, which batsmen fall prey too. The 31-year-old hasn't been that successful with the bat as he has been with the ball. The once-explosive batsman has managed just 65 runs in seven games. He has destroyed India before. In a big game, he may just do it again. Captain Afridi has been of immense value too, and in a crunch match, he could inspire his boys as well.

Akmal Brothers:

Kamran and Umar Akmal are the twin "necessary evils" of Pakistan cricket. Kamran can drop catches, and Umar can "feign injury" to save his brother's job, but there is no denying the fact that the Akmal siblings are match-winners in their own right. Kamran has solved the opening problem well, bringing an attacking edge to Pakistan's start. Umar is one of the most supremely talented batsmen in world cricket, and his unbeaten 44-run knock against Australia showed that in a pressure situation, he can steer Pakistan to victory.

Younis Khan:

This middle-order bat has always done well in India, against India and in big games. At No. 4, he can take control of an innings beautifully and bring all his experience into play. His 267 against India at Bangalore in the final Test in 2005 won the match and the series for Pakistan. In 2007, he scored 117 as Pakistan chased 322 to beat India by four wickets at Mohali. The 33-year-old who led the team to a World Cup win - the T20 crown in 2009, will be keen for an encore.

Spin Threat:

Besides the flippers, googlies and the zooters of Afridi, India, who play spin well, will have to watch out for Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal too. Both the offspinners can be dangerous. While Hafeez can be equally effective in his other role as an opener, Ajmal, with his doosras in tow, could be equally dangerous.

Umar Gul:

Has been amongst the best seamers of the event so far. Bowling brilliantly with both the old and the new ball, he has been almost unplayable. In fact, he has become more lethal since he started opening the attack. Gul has taken 14 wickets @14.50 so far, and on the Mohali track, should be able to add more to his tally. With Pakistan losing both Mohd Asif and Mohd Aamer before the tournament and Shoaib Akhtar losing his form and place in the side, Gul's super show has been a boon for Pakistan and it's pace department.

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