WorldT20 favourite moments: The Bowl-Out

With the World Twenty20 fast approaching, we thought it was be nice to do a short series on our favourite moments from the WorldT20s so far.

#1 The bowl-out, India v Pakistan (2007, Durban)

Kingsmead, Durban. Traditional rivals India and Pakistan go head-to-head. With Pakistan having qualified for the super-eights, India have more to lose – a big loss in this game would knock them out in the preliminary rounds of the inaugural WorldT20. After the disaster earlier in the year (in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies), India could ill-afford another early exit. Read More …

Match fixing and spot fixing: Azhar and Amir

We posted the teaser for the film “Azhar” a few days ago on our Facebook page. An interesting question was raised as to whether films like this and Mohd. Amir’s re-selection in the Pakistan team was condoning match fixing and spot fixing.

Let us examine briefly both cases.

First up, Md. Azharuddin. Up-turned collar. Hyderabadi wrists of silken steel. Three consecutive centuries after debuting. A one day hundred in 62 balls. Unforgettable assaults on Lance Klusener. Panther like reflexes in the slips. Captain in three World Cup campaigns and for many of us, indelibly inked in our minds as our first Indian skipper. Read More …

Preview : India v Pakistan

Many say this game will decide the fate of these teams in the World Cup

What to expect from this from crunch game:

1. Sledging : No point to it, yahaan sabko Hindi aati hai! Sadly, no more ‘Speak English’ or ‘Maa-ki’ gate. Expect a relatively tame encounter.

2. Betting: Made famous by my favourite commentator Rameez Raja as an advanced form of batting. No matter which team wins, everyone in this game will be accused of match fixing. Guaranteed.

3. Balling : Self explanatory. Started with Moin Khan’s ‘Balling Saqqi’. India are bad in balling. Pakistan are good.

4. Filding : Who cares about this anyway? We just want to see bowlers ‘ball fast’ (like Shoaib Akhtar, with an American accent) and batsman ‘go get it’ (like Sachin with a baby accent). Asians don’t do Jonty.

Can’t wait, less than 24 hours to go.

GAME ON!