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Sunday, November 19, 2023

Wishing Men in Blue a Win in Finals of WC 2023

In a couple of hours from now, 100 overs would determine who is the new ICC ODI World Champion ! – our heart is beating for Men in Blue !!  - a rare photo of fab 4 of yesteryears – Anshuman Gaekwad, Gundappa Vishwanath, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar and Sandeep Patil.


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The final day of World Cup 2023 -  Over the last few weeks, this World Cup has been  a furious whirl of irresistible narratives.  Indians have won 10 matches in a row.  King Kohli has broken records running up to his 50th  ODI hundred; most Indians have performed magically. , Glenn Maxwell's fastest World Cup hundred, then that manic 201* against Afghanistan, a timed-out dismissal sparked some controversy. 

Is this the fittest & perfect Team that you could imagine ?  It is a mean bowling unit backed by power batters and good fielders. Twice they've bowled out oppositions for below 80. Of the five times they've batted first, they surpassed 350 on three occasions, and got 326 for 5 on another. Their fielding has been exemplary. Four of their top five have hit hundreds over the course of the campaign, and the other - Shubman Gill - still averages 50 and has struck at 108.02. 

At the start, we banked on Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin to do wonders.  Ash is not a favourite of the coach and has been warming the benches – then something of a turn happened.  An injury to Hardik Pandya made Selectors move away from their dependence on Shardul Thakur and Shami too got a chance.

Mohammed Shami has played only six matches – still has  a tournament-high 23 wickets at 9.13, with an economy rate of 5.01. Three times he's taken five wickets, and once he's taken four.  Will his performance culminate with another wreckage of opponents ! 

India first played their ODI match in 1974 and their first two WC outings in 1975 and 1979 were disastrous.  They first played against Australia in an ODI in Dec 6 1980 – there were 5 debutants (yes half of the side!) – bespectacled 33 old Dilip Doshi alongside, Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, Sandeep Madhusudhan Patil and Thirumalai Echampadi Srinivasan.    India won by 66 runs.   

Put in to bat, Indians were 73 for 5 – Sandeep Patil with 64 off 67 and Kirmani 48 no off 53 balls brought respectability. Australia"s batsmen were stifled by a slow, uneven pitch on which the Indians, particularly Patil at medium pace and Doshi.   Chasing 208, the Australians were given a promising start by Hughes and Dyson, who put on 60 from the first nineteen overs.   Doshi had figures of 10-1-32-3.  Patil was the man of the match. 

India’s next win came in their dream run at 1983 Prudential World cup in the 23rd match of the tournament.   Yashpal Sharma 40, Patil 30, Kapil 28, Krish Srikkanth 24, Roger Binny 21 took India to 247 in 55 overs, a good total those days.  Australians were bowled out for 129 and India won by a handsome margin of 118 runs.  David

Hookes captained Australia and was one of the victims of Binny, who came on in the sixteenth over, swung the ball a little and, with an able partner in Madan Lal, quickly reduced Australia from 46 for one to 78 for seven.  Ken MacLeay  born in England played for Australia and Roger Binny was the Man of the match for taking 4 wickets for just 29. 

On my first day after the ICC World Cup tour in India, I'm proud to say that I will be launching my perfume brand "UNANDUWA" soon! Join hands with me as we launch our very own SRI LANKAN product!  tweeted Lankan  Kumar Dharmasena, who played in the finals of 1996  and  officiated in the finals as  on field umpire twice in 2015 & 2019 

Wishing Men in Blue a Win today !

With regards – S Sampathkumar

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