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ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has finally arrived at the stage where there would be the final clash between some of the best cricket teams of the world and undoubtedly each of the teams would give their level best to win the cup for their nation. The Quarter Finals is just a couple of days away and the co-host nation India would be playing against the mighty defending champion Australia in the knockout match at Motera on 24th March, 2011. Australia still remains the favorite in the game but Indians have a chance too being able to play on the domestic ground among lots local supporters. However, conditions do hardly matter when the players commit to put in their best efforts and in that stand it is obvious that only the teams which would perform well on that day would march forward irrespective of their previous form or statistical data that they share. The Aussies had been almost unstoppable during the group matches until Pakistan beat them by four wickets in the last Group A match held at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Australians were forced to surrender before the great and consistent all-round performance of the Pak players.

On the other hand, India managed to register a 80-run win against West Indies in the last Group B match which was the result of the consistent performance of Yuvraj Singh with both ball and bat. He smashed a brilliant century scoring a convincing 113 runs innings and was also able to clinch two wickets at a very decisive stage of the game. With this win, Indian players would undoubtedly be in a more confident state of mind and would like to keep the momentum going but Aussies though played good cricket throughout the tournament would however be lacking the psychological edge due to their defeat in the recent Group match.

India's performance so far in ICC World Cup 2011


Indian players had been inconsistent in their performance in a general note even though they managed to register some victory in the group matches and thereby getting placed at 2nd spot in Group B. As usual, Indian teams once again failed to show their wits and performance in the field and the bowling department simply gave away all good opportunities without even giving a fight. The fact that the bowlers could not even defend a massive target of 339 runs against under-performing England is just pathetic and one cannot bet a win over Australia in quarter final if this continues.

The batting display of the Indian players was also disappointing and it seemed as if the middle order and lower order batsman were simply performing a ramp walk on the crease with one batsman following the other to and fro failing to support the good job done by top order batsman. The strong batting lineup that India used in this ongoing world cup had simply collapsed after the top order batsman returned to the pavilion thereby not even being able to play the complete overs on most occasions. Key batsman like Sachin, Sehwag, Kohli and Yuvraj did well with the bat but players like Yousuf Pathan could not make any impact in any of the group match so far.


There is nothing special about the bowlers except the consistent performance of part-time bowler Yuvi who managed to grab some crucial wickets on most of the matches which also includes a five wicket haul. Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh had been economical to some extent and also got a few crucial wickets under their belt resulting in India's close escape on some occasions. Almost all other bowlers including Nehra, Munaf Patel and Piyush Chawla had turned out to be very expensive giving away some easy runs to the opponent.


However, the past is gone and India now needs to focus more on their performance in each of the game that follows here from. There are lots to improve which may count on fielding, bowling as well as the middle-order batting that would in turn ensure a solid team to give Australia a tough call. Having won five games by both teams till now, they are on equal balance and would therefore be a great competitive match to look forward.

So, with a great game coming up this Thursday we can put our fingers crossed and hope that Indian team won't disappoint the millions of cricketing fans who have been waiting to see the Team India hold the trophy after a long 28 years since India had won the last world cup on 1983 under the leadership of Kapil Dev.

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