June 24, 2008

Asia Cup 2008: Will the Indian team sparkle?

Yet another cricket tournament! Yes, the ninth edition of the Asia Cup is about to commence today with two day-night matches. Pakistan will take on Hong Kong in a Group B match while Bangladesh meets United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Group A.

Sri Lanka is featured in the Group A along with Bangladesh and UAE. India is the third team in Group B along with Pakistan and Hong Kong. The three teams will meet each other once in group matches and the top two teams from each group will progress to the next stage. The four teams will again meet each other once, with the top two teams qualifying for the finals to be played on 6th July 2008.

The Indians had so far won the Asia cup four times; Sri Lanka lifted it thrice and Pakistan once. India’s last triumph was 13 years back in the year 1995. The tournament has a history that dates back to 1984 when the first tournament was launched in UAE.

India plays Hong Kong tomorrow in a day-night encounter. Interesting news is that Dhoni will bat up the order. I would prefer Dhoni to come in at No. 5, with Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh occupying the No.3 and No. 4 slots. Gambhir and Sehwag would open the batting. Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Piyush Chawla are certain to be in the bowling line-up. That leaves a slot for a batsman, an all-rounder and a bowler. I would love to have Yusuf Pathan as an all-rounder and Manpreet Gony to fill the bowler slot. The last batsman slot should go either to Robin Uthappa or Suresh Raina. I am happy with the approach of both these batsmen. The only problem is that both these batsmen get good starts, but do not go on to make a big score.

A good performance from Dhoni’s men could light up the tournament, which otherwise looks to be a dull encounter.


  1. Hope the team does well and win the cup

  2. Yes friend,

    I do hope that the Indian team goes on to perform well. Thanks.


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