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Yuvraj, the finisher, keeps India alive

Roar Rookie
25th March, 2011
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Number of matches India has lost when Yuvraj remained not out = 1. Check here. The Indian team looks unbalanced (7 batsmen, 4 bowlers) and also unsettled (one man bowling attack led by Zaheer Khan). But Yuvraj Singh has saved them the blushes and taken them home against Australia.

At one point in his career, every time he scored a fifty, India had won.

The whole of India will be indebted to him if he can repeat the feat in his home-ground in Mohali.

India’s chances of winning this cup depend on more allround performances by the rest of part-timers among his team-mates, Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan.

With Sehwag not in peak fitness, it is most likely India will include both Raina and Pathan in the next match against Pakistan.

The captain Dhoni seems to be mentally fatigued and burned-out and edgy, but the performance of Sachin at the top, Kohli in the middle and Yuvraj at the end has covered his poor performances.

I am afraid he is badly in need of a break after this World Cup is over to refresh his mind cells. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to skip IPL, some or whole of it.

With the entire top six having crossed 50 at least once, except for Dhoni, it is the captain’s turn now to turn it on in Mohali.

He has been a luck captain in his career so far, but he is really pushing it this time. And I hope India can win without Sachin scoring his 100th 100 in this cup.

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It has become too much of a distraction.

I can’t understand how people claim he missed out on a 100, when he was dismissed 98 short. But to Sachin’s credit he has been able to handle the pressure, despite the tendency of all the other batters’ to choke under the weight of the enormous expectations of playing in a home World Cup.

Looks India have (mis)used the home advantage to the limit extent by preparing dry turners, but this strategy is likely to come unstruck against Pakistan, who have capable spinners and also pacers who can reverse the ball.

If India do go on to win the cup, questions will remain on them manipulating the home advantage, compared to other contenders like South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Ironically the teams which don’t have the home advantage look more cool and relaxed compared to the Indian team which is looking edgy.

Will India win the cup?

If they get through to the final I back them to win it, irrespective of the opposition and the toss, because they will be all charged-up and when that happens they are a very dangerous side, especially in most familar home conditions.

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