Friday, June 25, 2010

India wins Asia Cup after 15 years

They've done it. India, under Dhoni's captaincy,  won the Asia Cup, crushing defending champions Sri Lanka by 81 runs. After 15 years of waiting India would be very pleased to lift the Asia Cup trophy.

Today's match reflected what a team can do when it plays as a team, not as an individual. Every player did his job to perfection. To me, this was the best fastbowling effort by indians in recent times in sub-continent.

PS: I don't like the point of India playing too many matches against Sri Lanka. It has already been so many since 2009. And again we have a series with Sri Lanka in July this year.

What is the point in playing with the same team again and again?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Boom Boom Afridi

Shahid Afridi is known for hitting cricket balls out of the ground with ease. But he has been more of a bowler in recent times and failed miserably with the bat. It wasn't the one we know. And the one we know is back with a bang with 2 superb centuries in Asia Cup. He struck 109 off 76 balls that included 8 fours and 7 sixes, against Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2010. And today he scored another blitzering knock of 124 from just 60 balls against Bangladesh that included 17 fours and 4 sixes. And what's more, it was the sixth fastest ODI century and the quickest one in Asia Cup. I've not seen any of these innings, but I can say that Afridi is back.

Afridi has shown interest in leading his team in international cricket. He got a chance to lead Pakistan in T20 world cup earlier this year in England. And he was made captain for all formats of the game.

Do you think captaincy(responsibility) changed his game? Can Afridi fire against England and Australia?