25 November, 2020

A Question Of Attitude

As the final nears, it would be beneficial to dwell on the lessons drawn from the league matches

A Question Of Attitude

AS expected, the league phase of the Wills World Cup did not throw up any surprises in terms of the qualifiers for the knock-out phase. As I had mentioned in one of my earlier columns, the minnows—the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and Kenya—were clearly out of their depth among the established sides. Kenya, of course, pulled off a stunning win against the West Indies, whose performance was clearly affected by internal problems. I felt sad for the West Indians who have been such a great influence on cricket and cricketers around the world. Perhaps, this was the jolt they needed to get back on their feet. Like they did against the Australians whom they beat quite convincingly, though the victory was achieved at the very end of the game. At least the Windies showed that they cannot be written off at any stage and I believe that they have too much stuff and class in them to allow anyone to bog them down.

The preliminary league phase also showed that spinners can play a dominant role in modern one-day cricket. Almost all the teams...



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