The Super Eights are Here

Now is the time to get along with your buddies and paint your faces with the national flag. The time has come to cheer for the Men in Blue to achieve the treble (World Cup 2010 , World Cup –U 19,2012 and the ongoing World Cup T-20)

The recent thrashing of Defending Champions England, single handedly by the Turbanator, shows that even though the build up to the World T-20 was not that great, we do go into “The Super Eight” as strong contenders for the title.

But, it would be a test for our heroes as we are playing in the “Group of Death”. Paired along old foes, Australia, arch rivals Pakistan, and the Solid Proteas, it is surely going to take our best in order to advance to the semi finals.

On September 28th we face the first hurdle, the Aussies, who’re also entering the super eight on the back of a superb victory against the much feared West Indians. In a rain hit match it was Shane Watson who stole the limelight with his 23 ball-41 which included 2 fours and 3 sixes.

We’ve won one and lost one against Australia as far as the history of T-20 cricket goes. The last time India played Australia in this tournament, a magnificent David Warner innings and brilliant pace bowling by Nannes resulted in Australia beating India convincingly.

However, this time India has the upper hand – in-form players. Yuvraj has made an immediate impact, while Harbhajan has found his form due to overseas club cricket, even the top order is not doing a bad job apart from Virendar Sehwag. The choice to play Sehwag or Yuvraj Singh, may be the deciding factor for the Men in Blue.

There have been a few interesting comments made from both sides .The old fashioned Aussie tactic of talking more about the opponents in order to make them think hard, and eventually build mammoth pressure has been well employed by Australian batsman-Michael Hussey who believes that Sehwag can never be “out of form” while also mentioning that Kohli is enjoying a “purple patch” which his team plans to bring to an end.

Dhoni on the other hand has been doing more of a pitch report, and after having a good look at the R. Premedasa Stadium he is sure that he is going to play “5 bowlers“. Whether he plays three pacers or two spinners – depends on the pitch on Match day.

So here’s what you can expect: Australia cannot play spin, India cannot play medium pace, fast bowling or even mind games. Bhajji, who has had a long history of confrontations and controversy with Team Australia would  surely going for some sort of a vindication while Australia would be going all out to prove that rank 7 in the T-20 international ranking isn’t really their true value . Whatever the result may be, one thing is for sure, it’s going to be a cracker!

Laksh Wee

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