Part 3/3 – Surprises Anyone? Can Any of the Teams pull of a Surprise Win
Australia, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa are the favorite Semi finalists. Off the remaining teams, England, Pakistan and New Zealand are close behind in the race for the Semi final. England had a poor run against Australia while Pakistan has had a slew of controversies. New Zealand has also had a very dismal run in their last 15 odd games. Hopefully, they can revive their fortunes in the sub continent.
England! England suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Australia immediately after a remarkable Ashes triumph. Graeme Swann is they key. He is one of the world’s best spinners today. Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss have to live up to their expectations if England need to win their first ever world cup. However, Eoin Morgan’s absence will be felt.
Key Players: Andrew Strauss, Graeme Swan, Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood and Chris Tremlett.
Pakistan! Having lost some key players due to the ban or the injuries, the batting line up is still impressive. The bowling unit was affected badly due to the ban on Amir, Asif and the injury to Sohail Tanvir. Still, they have what it takes to make it to semi finals. They could turn out to be the ultimate underdogs.
Key Players: Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akthar, Umar Gul and Mohammad Hafeez.
New Zealand! After back-to-back white washes in the sub continent against Bangladesh and India, they were able to manage a graceful series loss at home against Pakistan. They lost 2-3. At least, they managed to win a couple of games! With some confidence in the luggage compartment and a great coach in John Wright, the team will hope to make a huge impact in this world cup.
Key Players: Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Scott Styris, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Kyle Mills and Martin Guptill.
The beauty of Cricket is that teams like Bangladesh and West Indies cannot be written off either. A quarterfinal spot is a definite probability for these teams if they can play well. With some good players in their lineups, they may be able to pull the rabbit out of the hat. The remaining 5 teams, Ireland, Canada, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Netherlands, will be looking to make at least a ripple of an impact in this edition of the Cricket World Cup. When it comes to cricket, you never know. A few mistakes from one side and anything is possible. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Let Cricket be the ultimate winner.
Nevertheless, this one’s for Team India, Chak De! India!!!!! 🙂