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View Poll Results: Who will win the 2009 T-20 World Cup ?
Australia 6 6.45%
Bangladesh 0 0%
England 1 1.08%
India 66 70.97%
Ireland 0 0%
New Zealand 5 5.38%
Netherlands 1 1.08%
Pakistan 0 0%
Scotland 0 0%
South Africa 12 12.90%
Sri Lanka 1 1.08%
West Indies 1 1.08%
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Old 13th June 2009, 16:59   #106
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Is it that the captaincy pressures and the pressure to win are weighing him down ?
Doubt it is the pressure of captaincy, either :

he has lost motivation, I have heard him say numerous times that he has enough money put away now etc ;

or he is just trying to be too clever for his own good, all this rubbish about needing someone to slow the game down is utter tripe. Whilst it may be ok to slow down the game if you are chasing a small target it does not make sense when you need to set a decent score and your pace bowling is poor.
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Is it that the captaincy pressures and the pressure to win are weighing him down ?
I think its his net worth that is bothering him these days, one of the news channels quoted that his net worth is more then that of Big B.
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Old 13th June 2009, 18:25   #108
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Is that true ? Pretty hard to believe that Dhoni is worth more than Big B. Has he got more endorsements than Tendulkar ? I know years ago Tendulkar was on a minimum of 5million a year through his endorsements.
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In this WC Dhoni has batted at no.3 in all previous matches when India always had good start.
But against WI when India had poor start he sent Raina to go inspite of Raina being never given the chance before.

Raina had batted only once against NZ.Atleast in some matches (BD),he should have sent Raina at no3.Even in IPL he came at no3 many times and dint do much with the bat.He never promoted Morkel up the order and wasted him in all the matches.He is doing the same with Raina and Yusuf here.

IMO he got much more what he actually deserved.Just couple of good innings against Pak/Sri Lanka and there was too much hype about him.He has never repeated those innings even though other hitters like Yuvi,Viru and Yusuf have done it repeatedly but never got that much credit.

Maybe because of this he is now loosing the focus and now he has started having trouble with media.So from now-onwards media may highlites his failures more often not because of his bad form but because of his trouble with media.
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Old 13th June 2009, 20:15   #110
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Totally agree here, he got so much hyped due to couple of matches against SL/ PAK and got so much money pretty early in life.

Media is a funny balancer, it made him popular when he was nothing & is making him unpopular when he's got everything!
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Its getting really boring to see all those Dhoni Ads. Just too many of them.

Coming back to cricket, Dhoni seems to be loosing the plot when it comes to field placement and choosing the bowlers. Rohit did not get a chance to bowl and Yuvraj was under used. And why do we need 6 Bowlers? Yusuf is bowling his full quota in every match. But it was good to see team India fielding well(compared to what we were three years back) and the awesome batting display by Yuvraj.
Richie Benaud : "Captaincy is 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent skill. But don't try it without that 10 per cent". Dhoni seems to be running out of luck too.
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dhoni's performance was terrible yesterday.guess he was playing test match 11 in 23 balls is too much
Even if Dhoni had scored run a ball, in those 12 extra balls at least 20 more runs would have easily come. And the score easily gone up to 175. And what difference 20 runs can make in T -20, doesn't need explanation. (What a coincidence, while I am posting this, SA just wins by 20 runs against WI)

Playing defensively & that too in a pre-determined manner against a part time slow bowler in a shame in T-20 format. While chasing a target, it is ok to understand consolidation as the target is clear but while putting up a target it is unpardonable.

Now, it is tough to qualify, Collingwood has vowed to put up good performance after loss to SA and defeating SA would be a tough task with Dhoni in current frame of mind.
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Just a wild thought .....

What happens when India and WI thrash England and SA looses to India. Then on the net run rate basis India and WI qualify and SA goes out like last T20 world cup .. Hahaha .. Look at the height of imagination .....LOL
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Just a wild thought .....

What happens when India and WI thrash England and SA looses to India. Then on the net run rate basis India and WI qualify and SA goes out like last T20 world cup .. Hahaha .. Look at the height of imagination .....LOL
Theoratically everything is still possible one is that India wins one match and still qualify for semi.but for this to happen India has to win against Eng with big margin,WI loose to Eng and India can still afford to loose against SA with close margin.


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Its getting really boring to see all those Dhoni Ads. Just too many of them.
Coming back to cricket, Dhoni seems to be loosing the plot when it comes to field placement and choosing the bowlers. Rohit did not get a chance to bowl and Yuvraj was under used. And why do we need 6 Bowlers? Yusuf is bowling his full quota in every match. But it was good to see team India fielding well(compared to what we were three years back) and the awesome batting display by Yuvraj.
He has not learnt anything from IPL.Rohit,Yuvi,Raina did very well as part-timers so Dhoni should have played with 4 bowlers and rest of 4 overs should have been shared by these 3 and Yusuf.
infact with Yusuf doing so well at the start on inning, he can afford to play 3 regular bowlers,Yusuf as 4th bowlers and rest of 4 overs being shared by above 3 part-timers.

T-20 is a game of batsmen and with 7-8 batsmen in the side, a team should look to score 175+ even if it has lost 3 quick wickets.Its a very fast game and just 3 overs with either bowl or bat can make or break the team.

11 out of 23 is not even 50% strike rate which in these days is not even acceptable in Test macthes.

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Richie Benaud : "Captaincy is 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent skill. But don't try it without that 10 per cent". Dhoni seems to be running out of luck too.
When Ganguly said that Dhoni has extra bit of luck a captain needs,i thought he might said it out of jealousy but he did have some luck going in his favour which he seems to have run out with.
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D Day for India. They better pull this one off. Would like Gambhir & Ishant to get into better form today. Go India go!
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Now we have two batsmen,Jadeja in addition to Dhoni,who still think T-20 is all about preserving own wickets and let other score.



RP is good choice though.
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D Day for India. They better pull this one off. Would like Gambhir & Ishant to get into better form today. Go India go!
Ishant was totally off color today .. 4 overs went for 36 without any wickets ... He was feeding KP with nice short pitch balls ... Lets c what Gambhir can do !!! Hope he steps out of the crease and plays some shots like the last T-20 WC.
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At least 15 more runs than expected. Especially Harbhajans last ball wides for 4s!
Could have kept it at 140 if we had been tighter on the field!
Let's see what the openers can do.
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India are 2 down now, need to play sensibly from here on cannot afford to loose another wicket soon.

Can somebody convey this to INDIAN team, matches can be won by hitting 4's aswell, not sure why they are playing too many shots in the air.
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They better kick start their strike rates as currently they are doing nothing.
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