With W.I. beating S.L., India is *OUT* of the World-Cup and
so are Zimbabwe and S.L.
Australia and Pakistan have a chance though I would love to
see W.I. and S.A. make it. England and N.Z. will surely make it to
But 2 things are very obvious- all this B.S. about Shastri is
really B.S. Look at the Indian team w/o Shastri- the only game they
won is against Pakistan. [BTW: Just read a newsreport that in Bombay-
Shastris' home town there is a mini-hate-Shastri campaign going on]
And the true blame is to be laid on the Indian bowling. Indian batting
scored >200 on every outing except against the Windies and Indian bowling
*never* restricted any team to less than 200 - not EVEN the AUSTRALIANS!
[while every half-decent bowling lineup so far has restricted the
Australians to less than 200!] Ofcource, their fielding also has been
a big contributor.
At the onset of Australian tour we knew that Indian bowling is mediocre-
This world cup has proved that.
Yes it looked moderately successful against the
Aussies, but really, Aussie batting is highly suspect- baring Boon and Jones
no one would make it to the Bombay side on their current form.
But inspite of the debacle against W.I. [scoring 81-1 in 11 overs] Indians
persisted with Banerjee and Srinath- likes of which every club-county side
has - It is mind-boggling that they did not try Shastri- His experience
as a bowler itself should have been enough to qualify him over
In retrospect, the India-Aust. tour might have hurt these two a bit.
Australians persisted with out of form batsmen on their mediocre
performance against Indians- I mean anything less than an avg. of 50+
against the Indian bowling is terrible- And Indians thought that they
had found some really talented pace-bowlers and completely forgot
that whenever they have had success it has been their spinners or really
helpful conditions causing a lot of swing.
But all the same- Two myths [at least on R.S.C.] have been exploded
ie Best Team [Australia] and Best batting line-up [India]