Everybody knows Chris Gayle is a Champion! – DJ Bravo

Champion – the anthem has summed up the West Indies journey through this World T20 and the folks from the Caribbean will be hoping that the party continues today!

Usually, there is little interest in a final where India is not taking part but that’s the thing about the West Indian team. You cannot help but love them, even if they put your team out of the tournament! Many would have thought that like New Zealand, West Indies may have peaked too early in the tournament. Any such notion was dispelled by a smashing win over India.

Virat played his heart out yet again, showcasing placement, wristwork, running and fitness in his innings of 89* (taking his average to a surreal 136.50 in this WT20). His good innings, though, was undone by two no balls which took wickets. No excuses there, but you have to feel for Virat. So near, yet so far. What a champion! Read More …

Will Kohli win India the World T20 single-handedly?

319 runs at an average of 106.33 and a strike rate of 129.14. Virat Kohli’s batting stats? Correct.  In the WT20? Correct again.

Except that these are Kohli’s stats from 2014.

He took home the Player of the Tournament trophy then, even scoring 77 in the final. But Sri Lanka took home the bigger prize by suffocating Yuvraj Singh.

In 2014, Kohli nearly carried India to a world title in Dhaka by sheer force of will.   Read More …

WT20, India v Bangladesh : Another miracle in Bangalore!

Got your breath back after India’s last ball win against Bangladesh? What a game! The last over reads 144WWW but it really doesn’t tell the whole story, does it?

India had to win this game to stay in control of their destiny in the WT20. After a desperate loss against New Zealand in Nagpur, we reignited our campaign in Eden Gardens by cruising home against Pakistan, courtesy another Kohli special. Coming to Bangalore, Bangladesh was another must win game for India. Read More …

WT20, India v New Zealand: Beware the Ides of March!

 

Beware the Ides of March” – Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19.

India begin their campaign against New Zealand in Nagpur on 15 March, marking the “real” start of the World T20.

Without a doubt, this will be Dhoni’s last World Cup campaign, ending an amazingly successful captaincy career during which he has led India to all three big titles – WT20 in 2007, the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. The big man will want to go out with a big bang. Read More …

World T20 Favourite Moments: Six sixes in one over

#2: Six sixes in an over (Kingsmead, Durban, England v India, 19 September 2007)

Although India qualified for the super-eights after Favourite Moment #1, our campaign was thrown into disarray after a loss in the first super eight game against New Zealand. India had to win this game to have any hope of qualifying for the semi-finals. Again, this was a crunch situation.

India got off to a great start with quickfire fifties from both Gambhir and Sehwag. Out-of-form Yuvraj Singh was slated to come in at number 4, but instead skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of the second wicket.

Yuvraj would have to wait to bat and he was not happy about it. Visibly agitated, he paced up and down in the dug-out. When the third wicket fell with the score at 155 in 16.4 overs, Yuvraj sprinted out to the middle. Read More …