A World Cup Victory That Settled A Few Accounts...!!!!
April 4, 2011 5:54am CST
Dear All, When India defeated Srilanka in Wankhede Stadium on the 2nd of April, a few accounts were settled along the way. Let us start with the 1996 World Cup semi finals where Srilanka was awarded the match after India were 120 for 8, due to bad crowd behavior. It was a very sad sight, because of way the match had ended. It would have been better if India was all out. This time the Indian team chases a total of 275 runs with minimum of risk and six wickets in hand. The 2003 World Cup saw the Indian team get thrashed in the finals by the Australians. Zaheer Khan's initial spell was a disastrous one. As a matter of fact all the bowlers were taken to the cleaners..!!! This time though, the target set by the Australians were achieved by Team India pretty convincingly and it also meant that Australia will not be in the finals after a lllloooonnnggg time. It was a sweet revenge, which I am sure the victory would have given Saurav "Dada" Ganguly a lot of pleasure. And finally in 2007, India was kicked out of the World cup following a defeat to Bangladesh. India was bowled out for about 195 and Bangladesh chased the target quite comfortably. This time, the account was settled in the very first match of the world cup. India Scored a massive 370 and batted Bangladesh out of the match. This is why cricket is a great sport. It is a leveler. Share your views... Balu
5 Apr 11
Yes you are right on all three counts. Also shutting out Pakistan and defeating them again in a world cup was very pleasing. India has improved beyond recognition and it was evident from what the defeated captains Ponting, Afridi and Sangakkara had to say after their defeats. They seemed bewildered to a certain extent by the quiet and controlled aggression of the Indians. This dominance is very important for India and it should continue to be ruthless in the coming matches. This IPL will dilute the aggession but I hope the Indian team does not lose the taste of success by the lure of money in the organized circus that is T-20.
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4 Apr 11
INDIA had taken every revenge and from all they took revenge from srilanka for that 1996 world cup semifinal from australian for the 2003 worldcup and again from srilanka and bangaladesh for 2007 world cup. They did all in style. Beating Australia show exit door them was agood plasure to world cricket. They end the dominance of those bloody cricketers. One point i want to remind in 2007 INDIA started with lose to bangladesh and end up with lose to Sri lanka but this year in 2011 they start with win over bangaladesh and end with win over Sri lanka. Sarouv ganguli and all other captains who tried for the world cup will be please with this performance of INDIAN team. Dada will be more happy after he lost in final 2003. Well done team INDIA you are proud of Nation