Cricket fans posing for a photograph. AP
As an ardent cricket lover I am dismayed with the ongoing World Cup. The assumption that the new round-robin format which has teams playing at least nine matches each would have fans glued to their TV sets, is not holding ground (“Warner makes hay to hit WC top score as Tigers fall short,” June 21, Gulf Today).
It’s early day into the World Cup but Pakistan’s humbling of hosts England implies that nothing can be taken for granted (“Pakistan bounce back to stun England in nail-biter,” June 4, Gulf Today).
Rain leads the World Cup Cricket points table with eight points – that’s if we’re permitted to discard the stiff upper lip in Her Majesty’s Great Britain and smile away the cloudy blues. In fact, we should not sulk but sportingly give the rain gods credit for the bashing they are inflicting on some of the top-notch
India is on a roll. At the rate they are going, even if rains plays truant for the rest of the tournament, the Men in Blue should reach Lords comfortably (“Rohit stars as India beat Pakistan to maintain perfect WC record, June 17, Gulf Today). While it was a disciplined show of skill by the Indians, their counterparts failed in almost all departments of the game.
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