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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Yuvraj and Sehwag may well hold the key

Ah! Can't wait for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 to begin! Everyone around is talking about it. And everyone says it is a very open competition. And everyone says the West Indian tracks are going to offer a run feast. One thing is for sure: there sure is a lot of excitement to look forward to!

From an Indian perspective, those that could really offer some sizzling shots do make up a decent list: Uthappa, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dhoni & Yuvraj.

These are days when even a score of 400 in 50 overs cannot be safely labelled 'unchaseable'. And with predictions of a high scoring World Cup being rife it becomes all the more clear that the deciding stages of most matches are going to be the powerplay phase and the slog overs. As such it is imperative for every team to prepare for some hard hitting during these phases especially so during the slog overs.  

Getting 130 odd runs in the 20 powerplay overs shouldn't really be a big thing. But scoring at around 10 an over during the last 7-8 overs could make all the difference to a match especially where a lot of runs are involved. 

Indians, traditionally, have not exactly been reknowned to be very good finishers. But here I guess we better start breaking stereotypes. We've got people who can get us off to a flying start. We've got some real good men who can drop anchor in the middle overs. But as for some real 'slog over butchering', going by recent form, we've got only one man : Mahendra Singh Dhoni. And obviously it would be too much to expect that one man to come good, match after match. That is why, for India to do well, a lot will depend on Yuvraj and Sehwag(if he is played low down the order).

I feel these are the men to watch out for and these are the men on whose fate depends the whole team's fate.

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