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Same was the situation for Brett Lee when he had the likes of Glenn McGrath to even out the economy rate at the other end. He had been given the license to intimidate and not worry too much about the economy rate, so long as he was successful in his mission. Well same is the role for Shaun Tait. Generate pace and intimidate. Lee has now taken on the coveted role of the lead strike bowler of the team, and his shoes have been filled up by Tait, who is more fitting than Nathan Bracken and Mitchell Johnson ever were.

Moreover there have been expensive bowlers all over the world who are still carried by their teams just because of their knack of taking wickets, such as James Anderson of England, or Sreesanth for India.
I've seen Tait play local (he plays/played for the club I used to play for), state, and international cricket and he's inconsistant across the board. He's not even half the bowler Lee is/was. Australia has so many outstanding fast bowlers to choose from, and they pick the one who's extremely expensive and bowls no balls and wides like they don't matter. I've never been a fan, especially after seeing all the other bowlers who miss out because of him.


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The question is why Australia went to a tournament in the Sub-Continent with only one full-time spinner.

The best thing to come from the defeat was that while Australia doesn't have the best team in the world and doesn't deserve to be champions, they have a history of winning big games in tournaments that they shouldn't win.


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NZ did what they're best at (and so did SA ) But what a victory. I'm so delighted (squeeing constantly, actually) and absolutely in awe of how united, spirited and amazing the team was. Full credit to Dan Vettori's brilliant captaincy and Jacob Oram's amazing all-round performance.

They're the best fielding unit in the WC. And what a victory!


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The question is why Australia went to a tournament in the Sub-Continent with only one full-time spinner.
First of they didn't have many options in the first place, and then they wanted to play to their strength which is good fast bowling.

And yes the chokers choked again. Smith had said one month or so back that its time to get rid of the C word, but guess he needs to hold onto that thought now.


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Old March 26th, 2011, 2:01 pm
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The question is why Australia went to a tournament in the Sub-Continent with only one full-time spinner.
I don't know about their bench strength, but if Jason Krejza is the best spinner Australia have right now, well, that is sad.

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And yes the chokers choked again. Smith had said one month or so back that its time to get rid of the C word, but guess he needs to hold onto that thought now
Yes, SA choked of course. But credit where it is due: NZ bowled with great discipline and fielded spectacularly well.


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First of they didn't have many options in the first place, and then they wanted to play to their strength which is good fast bowling.
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I don't know about their bench strength, but if Jason Krejza is the best spinner Australia have right now, well, that is sad.
Since Shane Warne retired, Australia has called up at least nine spinners but not one has been given the chance to settle in. If the current standards were applied to Warne, he wouldn't have gotten past his first test when he was belted for 150-1.


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Sri Lanka make it to the Finals yet again!!!

So its going to be an all Asian Finals at last. India and Pakistan tried to give that one in 1987 but lost sorely, guess this time one of them will make it to the finals for sure.

So tomorrow is the big day, hopefully it is going to be the best match ever, i.e if the rain holds up. YES its RAINING???@@!!@???!


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And we won. (Best three words ever) I'm so happy I might have teared up a little (okay, a lot). Especially when Sachin hugged the boys and waved to the crowd.

India vs SL won't be easy, but go India! Sachin will play his last ever WC match at his hometown Mumbai in the Wankhede stadium, to get the one trophy he doesn't have: the ICC Cricket World Cup. If that isn't an epic script, I don't know what is.


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Best three words ever
So much more better than the other 3 words.

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Especially when Sachin hugged the boys and waved to the crowd.
It was a magical moment!!! I remember watching Dhoni and Yuvraj patiently take out the camera and microphone out of the middle stump so that they could keep it as a relic of the great battle. For those who don't know and follow much, players tend to keep souvenirs of various great matches they have played and won, and they usually go for the free stumps or the ball but rarely do they take the pain to take the middle stump as it is fitted with the camera and the mic...but this time the delight was such they couldn't resist the alluring offer. After all this has to be the greatest match they will ever play (well obviously next to the final)

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Sachin will play his last ever WC match at his hometown Mumbai in the Wankhede stadium, to get the one trophy he doesn't have: the ICC Cricket World Cup. If that isn't an epic script, I don't know what is.
If Sachin is the God then Wankhede is his ultimate battleground. I remember reading status in FB sporting, the Finals is between RAM and Ravan!! Well Sachin definitely is the mighty God of cricket be it Ram, Laxman or Hanuman.

ETA- And I want this God to take this day up to get to his 100th 100 and go out of the international arena in STYLE!!!


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The perfect script would be Sachin facing Murali on the last ball with India needing a boundary to win.


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The perfect script would be Sachin facing Murali on the last ball with India needing a boundary to win.
I might get a heart-attack


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It's taken 28 years, but we've finally got there. World Champions has a lovely ring to it!

I'm spectacularly proud of the boys and the way they chased an excellent total. Dhoni found the best moment to get back in form, Gauti was a class apart and Kohli was great too. As was Yuvraj. Sachin wouldn't mind not getting a century one bit. He's got the one trophy that eluded him till today: the World Cup. Oh and Zak has been absolutely phenomenal (Remember the 2003 WC final? See how far he's come from that!)

Unbelievable scenes in the stadium and out of it. I was so happy to cry tears of joy! The crackers are still going on, I can hear people dancing and singing 'India India' to celebrate. Another generation will grow up idolising and memorising every bit of this match. I'll never forget this epic victory that I was lucky enough to watch live. Woah, it'll take a lot of time to sink in


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I'm spectacularly proud of the boys and the way they chased an excellent total.
India was destined to win the cup one way or the other. They were the best team out there, and they deserved it. But what Dhoni's innings did today was save him the shame of being the captain who won the world cup all thanks to his great team.

Navjot Singh Siddhu in the after match comments called Dhoni the Greatest Indian Captain ever. Thats a great thing to be said for someone so young and with so much more cricket left in his wake, but it wouldn't have been the same had Dhoni not played the match winning innings. Truly the Greatest Indian Captain Ever .

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Sachin wouldn't mind not getting a century one bit.
You know its the best thing to happen to him that he got to be a great part of the team that won the world cup and the last mountain crossed, but the happiness of winning wouldn't have been as much as hearing his team mates say..."We had to win this world cup for Sachin"...or..."We played for him"....right after the win, Gautam was asked and his comments were..."This was for Sachin"...what more can the great man ask for...a team that gave it all so that he could gather the last milestone.

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Oh and Zak has been absolutely phenomenal (Remember the 2003 WC final? See how far he's come from that!)
Sanjay Manjerekar said that once in the middle when he had figures of 5-3-6-1, but he finished with 10-3-60-2. So he gave 54 runs in the last 5. Which doesn't actually do any difference from 2003. But that is the only snack he has had in this world cup and is with Afridi the leading wicket taker of this world cup and hands down to him for that.

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Unbelievable scenes in the stadium and out of it. I was so happy to cry tears of joy! The crackers are still going on, I can hear people dancing and singing 'India India' to celebrate. Another generation will grow up idolising and memorising every bit of this match. I'll never forget this epic victory that I was lucky enough to watch live. Woah, it'll take a lot of time to sink in
Oh the celebration was awesome...I got out on the street 2 hrs after the match had gotten over, only to find that the party was just beginning....random stranger stopped us time and again and shouted shouts of joy...I was hugged by numerous strangers and the whole atmosphere was of frenzied joy. Its almost 5 in the morning now and I can still hears celebrations going on...

As far as the sinking in is concerned....I was jubilant when we won, then I lost the edge, I got on the street and was all smiles again...got home and was back to normal and now I am peaking again, just writing this post...need I say more???


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Yaaaay! I'm so happy they won What a fantastic game, I'm sad I only saw bits and pieces (darn timezones). It was really the only fitting way for Sachin to go out.


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Sachin World Cup:    


    



I am so happy, I could cry... Wait a minute, I already did that.


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Yay for India! I didn't get to watch the final but it's been an awesome world cup with so many super exciting contests, really a great advertisement for cricket. India definitely deserved this, I'm so happy for them!


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Navjot Singh Siddhu in the after match comments called Dhoni the Greatest Indian Captain ever. Thats a great thing to be said for someone so young and with so much more cricket left in his wake, but it wouldn't have been the same had Dhoni not played the match winning innings. Truly the Greatest Indian Captain Ever .
That man is special. He's unnaturally calm, absolutely cool and a gifted batsman and a good wicket keeper. Definitely one of the greats of Indian cricket. That six that took us to victory, resolute eyes staring at the ball till it landed in the stands, the twirl of the bat after the shot. So much class. It's hard not to love the man

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You know its the best thing to happen to him that he got to be a great part of the team that won the world cup and the last mountain crossed, but the happiness of winning wouldn't have been as much as hearing his team mates say..."We had to win this world cup for Sachin"...or..."We played for him"....right after the win, Gautam was asked and his comments were..."This was for Sachin"...what more can the great man ask for...a team that gave it all so that he could gather the last milestone.
This meant the world to Sachin. You could see that in his eyes when he hugged the boys. Everytime I saw him on the screen, I was a nervous wreck, tears streaming with every hug. They won it for Sachin, oh yes they did. The whole of India wanted the WC as much for Sachin as for themselves.

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Sanjay Manjerekar said that once in the middle when he had figures of 5-3-6-1, but he finished with 10-3-60-2. So he gave 54 runs in the last 5. Which doesn't actually do any difference from 2003. But that is the only snack he has had in this world cup and is with Afridi the leading wicket taker of this world cup and hands down to him for that.
Leading wicker taker was the word I was referring to, actually. Every time we needed a wicket, every time the run rate needed to be stemmed, Zak would do it for us. Brilliant guy. Such a champ

The enormity of the accomplishment is still sinking in. World's No 1 Test team. World's No 1 ODI side. Phew.

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Yaaaay! I'm so happy they won What a fantastic game, I'm sad I only saw bits and pieces (darn timezones). It was really the only fitting way for Sachin to go out.
Absolutely! I'm SO happy for him. I saw him hug his kids and pose with them, WC in hand. It was such a beautiful moment. Anjali Tendulkar was saying today that she'd 'never seen him so happy'. All the personal records didn't mean much to the man as long as the WC eluded him. With that safely in his hand, I think he's pretty much lived a dream

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Yay for India! I didn't get to watch the final but it's been an awesome world cup with so many super exciting contests, really a great advertisement for cricket. India definitely deserved this, I'm so happy for them!
Yay thanks so much To whoever said ODI cricket was over and done with, this WC is the answer!


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So, I am quite late for this thread, but I would still like to add my two cents to the game!
Congrats to India, and Sachin! It was just a fantastic match to watch, not just against Shri Lanka (who BTW played fantastically) but also against Pakistan. It was an exciting week!


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