India vs England – Images of an Epic encounter

A result the game deserved!

100 overs. 676 runs. 18 wickets. 2 brilliant centuries. 1 five-wicket haul. 4th tie in World Cup history and the 3rd involving India. These are all statistics which will go down in the record books, but they will never be able to convey the intense drama which began with the first ball edge from Sehwag’s blade and ended with a frantical single by Swann and Shahzad off the last ball of the match. In between these two balls, an epic tussle between two top teams took place – both teams trading punches throughout the game, Tendulkar’s masterclass overshadowed by Strauss’ captain’s knock, Bresnan’s brilliant death over bowling matched by Zaheer’s devastating powerplay spell, England’s lower order hitting sixes on demand while the Indian fielding was uncharacteristically sharp in the dying stages of the game. Already, many are calling it as one of the finest ODIs in history, let alone World Cup history. Enough match reports and analysis will be written about in the next couple of days. So I will just stick to images from the classic, which was the perfect advertisement for One Day International cricket. Enjoy!

'The last World Cup match held in Bangalore was a classic between India and Pakistan. Wonder how today is gonna be'

'Hey Stumpy, should I choose to bat or to bowl?'

'Alright..Lets get the party started!'

'47th century. 2nd against England in 9 years...wait..what??'

'This is Jimmy's first wicket in India since 2006; Looks like he is done for the rest of the World Cup, then'

 

'Sorry Raina..you have to wait a bit longer to break into the team, now'

'I hope you picked me in your fantasy XI, Swanny!'

'You gotta be kidding me, KP...you couldn't even wait for Yuvi to come on, could you?''

'Haha...they said that I shouldn't figure in the World Cup..2 matches in, I'm the leading run scorer..who's the muppet now?'

'This is T for terrible...and you wonder why we aren't big fans of the UDRS'

'Alright, lets take the powerplay..whats the worst that could happen, right?'

'I'm back!!!'

'Ah..drat..I should have trusted my patented nudges instead'

'This ain't over till I say it is'

'Watch his hands, Aj...He might just slap you!'

'Don't look now...Sehwag doesn't look pleased!'

Ireland will be the next opponent for both teams; England play them on the 2nd, while India take them on in a week’s time. Still, questions remain over both team’s bowling departments. How soon they can remedy that, will determine how far they will progress in the tournament.

 

 

 

10 comments

  1. Really cool montage, tracer! And what an epic indeed! I had almost walked away from the TV when Zak started his blitz…as you had said before, he is to India’s bowling what Tendulkar was to our batting in the ’90s!

    But you know what’s still irritating me is the inexcusable & idiotic shoddiness of Munaf with the bat! The man ran 1 short…ran out Zak for a non-existent 2(even if his intention was to bring him back on strike)… and left India all out with 1 ball to spare!

    This negligence / carelessness about the little things (remember how often Sehwag doesn’t slide his bat in, or call loudly, while running?) is what I can’t accept from Gary Kirsten and India. India’s fitness, bowling & fielding issues are harder to address…but surely school-boy mistakes can be wiped out easily enough! Sigh!

    I’ve already steeled myself mentally for an exit in the Q/F or S/F…

  2. Munaf will always remain as the typical village cricketer, whose bowling is easy to face if one applies himself, and whose batting and fielding will always be comedic…its scary that he is our 2nd pace bowler….i feel more secure with nehra…hopefully his confidence and form has returned…
    Don’t know how much blame one can put on Kirsten and the coaching staff…there is only so much one can do…finally, it is up to the players to do their stuff…
    personally, i wasn’t too confident about India’s chances before the WC, and the last two games have only confirmed that fear….no team can win the WC with such a poor bowling and fielding unit….unless India has three good consecutive games upon reaching the quarters, a World Cup triumph will remain a dream..

  3. Just looking at your pictures there Tracer, I realised that I had forgot to even mention Sachin’s century in my piece.

    I also agree with both your views on India’s chances, England are simliar. Both sides need to improve dramatically if they are to have any chance.

  4. Hi Tracer,

    first of all – KILLER name. I’ve had the same thing in mind for a while now, and can you believe that 1 banner I was holding out during the Ind vs Eng game at the stadium read :
    “Hey Ravi! What on earth is a Tracer Bullet?!”

    Excellent images of the game, I’m still getting over the hangover! Strauss’s innings was a super human effort in the context of things really, and he just seemed to go on forever.

    Don’t blame you for being down on Munaf. His shoddy approach really upsets me (never backs up the stumps for an outfield throw after bowling, short run etc). I also did a quick analysis of some of the key indian bowlers in my blog. Do have a look and tell me what you think.

    Cheers,
    MTJAG

    1. Not really..coz I got mixed feelings..am a long time England supporter but the Irish are irresistible as well…
      as for the post-mortem, that is coming soon🙂

  5. What an Ireland vs England game! Go Ireland! Bwahahahahah!

    morethanjustagame.wordpress.com

    That’s my blog above. Do have a look tracer!

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