Team India Kicks Off World Cup Campaign

With the world cup just a couple of days away,India plays its first warm up match against Holland. This encounter will definately bring back memories from the 2003 World Cup,when the minnows proved to be a big pain in the neck for Sourav and Co. Now coming back to this match,I think it would be an ideal opportunity for a couple of big names in the Indian line up to get themselves into some form. This would thus be a very important game for Virender Sehwag who slowly but surely seems to be coming back into some form. And he would be looking to settle scores with some players from the opposition(as he got out for a duck,the last time he played against Holland) And besides, he is due,if not overdue for a big one! The next few warm-up games will also be very crucial for Irfan Pathan. If Pathan comes good,it just adds another dimension to the team.

It would obviously very difficult to predict who will win the cup but the slow,low pitches would surely favour teams from the sub-continent. Pakistan are a young and very talented side. And are always capable of pulling a rabit out of a hat when least expected, Sri Lanka have a decent squad but if you ask me, I think India,atleast on paper have the most balanced side. If the much wanted batting line up clicks; if the bowlers do what they have been doing off late and if the ”smart”  field positioning works as Rahul intends to….well,  it would be a daunting task for any team to beat India. Will all this really happen? Only time will tell! 

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