Time Out September 17, 2012

'All a bit of a hit or miss'

ESPNcricinfo staff
Harsha Bhogle, Sanjay Manjrekar and Ramiz Raja look ahead to the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka
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As the World Twenty20 comes to Sri Lanka, we ask if this year's tournament is the most open of all so far. Former batsmen Sanjay Manjrekar and Ramiz Raja, in conversation with Harsha Bhogle, preview the competition.

Excerpts from the discussion below. The numbers in brackets are the duration for each segment.

Is this the most open World Twenty20 yet, and what's different about this year's tournament compared to the previous ones? (2.14 - 4.43)

Ramiz Raja: I think so, yes. Also, because Australia have been neutralised to a certain degree. For the first time, during the Pakistan-Australia series, during some of the interviews, the players looked just a bit defensive. It was difficult for them to defend why they've become so weak and are below Ireland [in the T20 rankings]. But they will still put in a big effort. Some of the teams have become stronger. Some teams do have the ability to self-destruct in the longer versions of the game, but not so much in T20, as the format just doesn't allow them to. That's why they become a little more dangerous.

Sanjay Manjrekar: The obvious difference we'll see is that the players will be more experienced than two years ago. That the tournament is in Sri Lanka will help the Asian teams. This is a bit of a lottery. It's a shorter format, so the weaker teams have the best chance of surprising the stronger teams, and the tournament itself is pretty short. It just runs for around three weeks. A team that reaches the final would play a maximum of seven matches, which is not enough in comparison to the IPL, which runs for a month and a half. We have had, in the three World Twenty20s, three different winners, so that also tells you something.

There is much talk of pitches in Sri Lanka having changed in recent times, providing more assistance for the seamers. What impact will that have? (4.50 - 6.51)

RR: I was there [for the SLPL]. You'll get the subcontinent flavour: good batting sessions, and the ball will grip and spin as well. [The pitches] have changed just a little bit, but nothing dramatic. I still feel a team from the subcontinent will cause a lot of problems to the rest.

SM: I was there recently for the India-Sri Lanka series. The curator in charge for all pitches in Sri Lanka, [Anuruddha] Polonowita… it's very striking when you see those pitches. They look good, like foreign pitches, where the grass is well-manicured. Guys like Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan, they won't be sitting ducks on those pitches. There's something there for those kinds of bowlers to get the ball to just nip around a bit. They're not quick, bouncy pitches, but there's just enough for slow-medium bowlers to make things a little more difficult for the batsmen. That's why India was able to do well there, despite a weak seam attack. The pitches are different from the Murali era.

But many teams have three spinners and they seem to have picked sides suited to typical Sri Lankan conditions. Will the side that plays slower bowling better stand the best chance? (6.52 - 9.14)

RR: Absolutely. Recently the Australians didn't find playing spin that easy against Pakistan. The teams that have got the bowling balance - you don't load your team just with spinners - but you're looking for a balance where you can swing the ball [and] bring the spinners in early. The team that plays spin well and has more spinning options is going to do better in Sri Lanka.

SM: I have a slightly different view, and it's purely because of what I saw on that recent visit to Sri Lanka. Irfan had a great one-day series, so that tells you something about the pitches there. Zaheer wasn't at his best but he enjoyed bowling there. So I'm not so sure this will be a tournament dominated by spin.

How big a problem is Australia's inconsistency? (9.15 - 9.57)

SM: Australia's problem is that they'll always be compared to past Australian teams. But this is an ICC event and teams tend to be more fired up than usual. You can expect them to play like a major team in the tournament.

Pakistan beat Australia but their batting has been erratic. (9.58 - 11.14)

RR: Batting is going to be their big problem. They've been hot and cold, and been inconsistent. In T20 cricket, you also need big names. You can't expect [just] youngsters to absorb the pressure and deliver. Pakistan have got the big names in the line-up - they've reintroduced Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik is back. There is a lot of all-round depth. But there are not enough specialists. For example, in Pallekele, where it seams a bit, they'll have to deal with that extra bit of movement, so they'll need to find, maybe, another specialist in the middle order.

How much will Kevin Pietersen's absence affect England? (11.15 - 12.52)

RR: He's an impact player and it's going to hurt England. If England can get runs on the board, they've got the bowling to do the job. They've got variation, good fast bowlers, [Danny] Briggs, the left-arm spinner, who looked pretty impressive, and Graeme Swann. You don't want the tension in the dressing room… that you're missing a match-winner, not for cricketing reasons.

SM: They'll miss him, given how he played in Barbados in the World Twenty20 [in 2010] and the way he played in the IPL as well. The obvious setback is going to be on the batting front - ability-wise and impact-wise. But looking at things from the outside, the dressing-room atmosphere, they may believe, will be a lot better without Pietersen. Maybe they'll feel nicely balanced coming on to the field.

Many West Indies and South Africa players have had plenty of experience playing T20 in the subcontinent. How big an advantage is that? (12.53 - 16.23)

SM: South Africa are different from West Indies, in the sense that you're looking at 11 good players. With West Indies, you're looking at four almost-great T20 players. West Indies are not a team packed with 11 good players. There might be some that could do silly things under pressure. They have four game-changers in Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle. But, as I said, a maximum of seven matches to get through to the final. There is a very good chance that you may see the strongest team taking the flight back home before the semis. It's all a bit of hit or miss, this tournament.

"Earlier, it used to be Test players becoming 50-over players and them becoming good T20 players. Now you've got a generation of cricketers brought up on T20 stuff"
Ramiz Raja

South Africa's batting test will come against spin. Under pressure, against two quality spinners, when they need to get ten an over. The moment South African batsmen come in, Asian teams that have quality spinners will just bring them on.

RR: South Africa don't have a one-dimensional attack anymore; they've got spinners. They are probably the best fielding side at this level. They've got to address the issue when it comes to crunch matches and crunch situations. Everyone will be keeping an eye on how they operate when the pressure is on.

India had two forgettable World Twenty20s after their win in 2007. How are they shaping up? (16.24 - 17.59)

SM: I will not judge India under MS Dhoni based on their performances in the World Twenty20, because the tournament's so short. I regard India purely on ability as one of the strongest teams in the tournament. They've got plenty of experience and it's not just [about] big names commanding hefty prices at auctions. All batsmen in the top four or five can win you matches on their own. The bowling is also looking better, with L Balaji coming in, Irfan gaining in confidence… there is a choice of spinners as well. It's a wonderful team that India has. One of the best teams but that doesn't necessarily make them strong contenders to win it for the reasons I've stated earlier.

What about Sri Lanka in home conditions? (18.00 - 18.48)

RR: Sri Lanka will be difficult to beat because the SLPL experience will help some of their younger guys come to grips with pressure. It's about pressure and thinking quick on your feet. They've got a good all-round team. I'll put them in the top four.

How has the T20 game evolved since the 2007 World Twenty20? What are the trends? (20.42 - 24.02)

SM: Trends are seen better in a longer tournament like the IPL. You could see in the first two editions of the World Twenty20 that the batsmen were in too much of a hurry, playing far too many shots, being caught up with the fact that they can only face 120 balls. But now you see the batsmen have a better understanding of the time and overs involved. Even if they need ten an over, they're pretty relaxed in a chase. Bowlers are typically up to tricks. Irfan has just bowled one of his new slower deliveries in the last T20. Players now know the concept a lot better and you see a more mature approach in the way they bowl and bat.

RR: Now you're getting [specialist] T20 players coming through the ranks. Earlier it used to be Test players becoming 50-over players and them becoming good T20 players. Now you've got a generation of cricketers brought up on T20 stuff. Look at England: they've got Jos Buttler, Craig Kieswetter, who just play T20 for England. You see a lot of variations in the bowling, the fielding has definitely improved. There's a lot of strategy and input, and it's become a specialist art. It's become better, robust and more scientific.

Numbers Game: How many T20 internationals have Sri Lanka won when batting second at home? (24.07 - 27.31)

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  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    I think the teams that make the last 4 are equally deserving of being world champions..and the teams that I would like 2 c are Pakistan, India, SL and SA..it doesn't quite matter wat happens from that point on...

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | September 18, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I think the best two teams in this competition are India and west Indies. I am hoping it will be an India v/s West Indies final.

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | September 18, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    @TheCricketAsISeeIt - Whatever happens ENGLAND WONT BE IN THE SEMIS. Any roadside spinner will finish their campaign.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka haven't the least chance of winning this.An easy win over Zimba today will mean nothing after they have been thrashed by the South Africans on the 22nd.They will move onto the Super 8's where PAK,IND,ENG,SA and even WI stand a chance of hammering them.A mediocre bowling attack barring Malinga combined with a shaky lineup that can fall at any time cannot win this tournament.Most likely Pakistan or South Africa will take the cup ( and not IND,their bowling is weak). And for the record,I'm a Sri Lankan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Pakistan moral is very high beating Australia in UAE and after that in the warm up match they chase a huge target of 186 against India. Pakistan should bring Afridi at number 3 position, in the 2009 world cup Pakistan did so and won that WC.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Hay dont worry whose in semie and whos in final just enjoy the game

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Manjekar needs to understand whats the different of league and a world cup, lol even in 50 over wc teams only play 6,7 matches, same in football wc,, mangekar need a t20 world league instead for wc lol

  • POSTED BY Mr-Charisma on | September 18, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    SM please say something else as well....irfan irfan irfan..... :P

  • POSTED BY Tembo11 on | September 18, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Hi.. T20 it's just enjoyment, don't take seriously guys, if it's india,pak, zim.. no one knows that who is going to win but it's sure that this time Asian time will be win this tournament ... 6,4,w,2,6 and no one knows what next.... the real game is TEST ( 5 Days )

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 18, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    And how does SM says that because 3 different teams have won 3 WCs so the game is unpredictable? Didnt Pakistan reach semies for all 3 times? didn't they play two out of 3 finals? BUT one thing is sure that it is totally another ball game. Greats of other two formates, as Sachin, Ponting, Yousef, Kalis and Sanga could never score at the rates as Razaq, Akmals, Kohli, gayle, Devillier and Watson are used to score.

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    I think the teams that make the last 4 are equally deserving of being world champions..and the teams that I would like 2 c are Pakistan, India, SL and SA..it doesn't quite matter wat happens from that point on...

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | September 18, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I think the best two teams in this competition are India and west Indies. I am hoping it will be an India v/s West Indies final.

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | September 18, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    @TheCricketAsISeeIt - Whatever happens ENGLAND WONT BE IN THE SEMIS. Any roadside spinner will finish their campaign.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka haven't the least chance of winning this.An easy win over Zimba today will mean nothing after they have been thrashed by the South Africans on the 22nd.They will move onto the Super 8's where PAK,IND,ENG,SA and even WI stand a chance of hammering them.A mediocre bowling attack barring Malinga combined with a shaky lineup that can fall at any time cannot win this tournament.Most likely Pakistan or South Africa will take the cup ( and not IND,their bowling is weak). And for the record,I'm a Sri Lankan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Pakistan moral is very high beating Australia in UAE and after that in the warm up match they chase a huge target of 186 against India. Pakistan should bring Afridi at number 3 position, in the 2009 world cup Pakistan did so and won that WC.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Hay dont worry whose in semie and whos in final just enjoy the game

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Manjekar needs to understand whats the different of league and a world cup, lol even in 50 over wc teams only play 6,7 matches, same in football wc,, mangekar need a t20 world league instead for wc lol

  • POSTED BY Mr-Charisma on | September 18, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    SM please say something else as well....irfan irfan irfan..... :P

  • POSTED BY Tembo11 on | September 18, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Hi.. T20 it's just enjoyment, don't take seriously guys, if it's india,pak, zim.. no one knows that who is going to win but it's sure that this time Asian time will be win this tournament ... 6,4,w,2,6 and no one knows what next.... the real game is TEST ( 5 Days )

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 18, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    And how does SM says that because 3 different teams have won 3 WCs so the game is unpredictable? Didnt Pakistan reach semies for all 3 times? didn't they play two out of 3 finals? BUT one thing is sure that it is totally another ball game. Greats of other two formates, as Sachin, Ponting, Yousef, Kalis and Sanga could never score at the rates as Razaq, Akmals, Kohli, gayle, Devillier and Watson are used to score.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 18, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    @Zeeshan Khalid, well said. Actually only those ex-players who haven't tasted the faster game, go on to make joke of T20. They will only be remembered just like our grandfathers who will only remember how they used to study in a candle light and curse us for being uneasy when there is some power cuts. Both of these ex's must have seen Virat, Kamran or Gayle playing their innings today and still they do not see the art of playing it. In thse two players times teams used to score 200-210 runs in ODIs which score is now more or less being scored in 20 overs.

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    Almost every answer from SM had some story of Indian Player, Why he avoids giving someone Else's reference

  • POSTED BY on | September 18, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    SM has to always talk in opposition. Fro the warm up game yesterday, it is clear that SM was a good batsman but not a good cricket analyst. The only two bowlers who prevailed in SL conditions were spinners, the dibbley dobbleys of India were taken to cleaners, and so were Pakistani medium pacers, barring Umar Gul,

  • POSTED BY chandracricket on | September 17, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    one of the main issues is that the way the seedings have been done and how the seeded teams will continue to be first irrespective of whether they lose to the second team or finish second in the groups. It is going to be super eight group of death with India Aus SA and Pak fighting it out. I do not understand the logic of carrying pre tournamament and history of 2 years into a World Champioship. This will destroy the fun and the charm of winning the group. If India beat England and Afghanistan - they are still second?? ICC - you got it wrong.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Captain's luck will play its part and nothing else if all teams are equal.

  • POSTED BY HawksEyeFocused on | September 17, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Sri Lanka, Pakistan, England and West Indies will be there in the semi-finals!!! The rest will fly back home at their earliest!!! lol

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Sanjay Majrekar calling India a well rounded team is not a first. India,after running the most lucrative and most glamorized league in the World & self professing to be all that, he is just hiding India's inadequate performances in 2009 and 2010. Another e.g. of him being included in the club of the unemployed/unpaid employees of the BCCI. Call a spade a spade mate.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    who says t20I is totally a lottery,let me tell did you see any minnow team such as nether land,afghanistan,ireland etc making all through to semi final or final.we saw some upsets which has many time occurred in odi's too.your example of aus below to ireland for proving your statement has no worth because aus got down by playing top class teams while ireland mostly played their series against associate countries.t20I require quick reflexes,fast responses and more talent in bowling,batting and fieling.talent in sense of playing shots all over the ground and for bowler having a great variation in his bowling.

  • POSTED BY Hardy1 on | September 17, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    I love how SM relates every point back to India & the IPL. I guess to be fair those are the topics he is most knowledgeable about but as a cricket journalist that should not be the case. Having said that I do see his point in claiming that the IPL is much harder to win than the world T20: you play more than twice as many matches travelling around a large country and have little time to recover in between. It really is all to play for but that's more because of the luck factor rather than it being a case where very many strong teams have a good chance of winning it, which is a shame. Alas, it seems T20 will remain as such in the near future at least.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    @Greg Ranger You're a funny man, indeed. It's not about Australians being tough, it's about their performance in recent times, they haven't been up to the mark. Everybody knows how good the Australians can be, nowadays it's more like they make it count on their day. Cheers. As for Pakistan vs India, great match up and I agree with both Sanjay and Ramiz, it's a game of chance but teams have now understood the importance of taking their chances at appropriate times.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @roger sir what are you saying when did asian teams lie down?????never if you just check your records you will find that asian teams have done wonders in t20 world cup just look at them first two world cups all asian final just look at pakistan the team with the best record in T20 world cup 1time winner 2 times finalist and and semifinalist in all the t20 world cups so far the way they played today totally shows there ability to win a match at any conditions and India is also looking good while srilankan's will be on top of there game on their home ground so sir you really need to get your facts corrected

  • POSTED BY knights_eleven on | September 17, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    SM compares IPL and WT20..... hmm... He needs to go out the see what's happening around...

    RR compares SLPL and WT20.... hmm.. again he also needs to go out and see what's happening around...

    Good platform for these two to be act as an ambassador of their respective leagues..

  • POSTED BY kamsys007 on | September 17, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    great comback from kamran akmal!!! pakistan rockzzzz

  • POSTED BY Victorious11220 on | September 17, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    The WEST INDIES will be the surprise package of the tournament they can go a long way might be FINAL!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Bluntman on | September 17, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    T20 cricket on the whole is a lottery.

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | September 17, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Im not buying into this Asian teams have an advantage in this T20 world cup thing espacilly India, they just haven't been convincing for me. Im going to be brave and say South Africa vs Sri Lanka final and South Africa will win it...

  • POSTED BY StaalBurgher on | September 17, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    *yawn* When do the Test matches start again?

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | September 17, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Wow SM just threw BDesh out of the bucket. Its sad but true.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Mr. Sanjay Mnjrekar, has always displayed certain amount of bias, whether Individual players, teams, or tactics. Today's flavour was (a) Irfan (b) how Lankan pitches have changed (c) If you saw SLPL, I also saw... type of childish attitude. Looks, he wants to be the next Ritchie Benaud; but no way... with his built-in biased DNA!

  • POSTED BY swat1999 on | September 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Very good conversation between RR and SM But i say Sri Lankan pitch will be spinners paradise. those who able to bowling and playing spin well will be win. I agreed with Ramiz Raza

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    i don't agree too with SM..IPL and t20I are totally different w.r.t class,experience,pride,responsibility and pressure which holds t20I not IPL..

  • POSTED BY skamal on | September 17, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    india's bowlin is goin to be a serious problem but their battin is well equipped !!pakistan meanwhile have to make sure that they are not made to chase in excess of 150!!!!even though pakistan chased 186 today srilanka is a real force but their bowlin except malinga cod be a problem but they a great all rounder in perera

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    The WestIndies return to the summit starts NOW

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | September 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    The difference between Shaz and Waz and RR and SM is that Shaz and Waz agree on everything (mutual admiration perhaps) while RR and SM are more like a quarreling couple. When both are in the commentary box together, its a treat!

  • POSTED BY MunafAhmed811 on | September 17, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    So Pakistan win warm up match. Will that make them complacent or will it make them confident.?????

  • POSTED BY arup_g on | September 17, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Sanjay is a little biased hey? lol My top 3 will be India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The Asian teams will rule in their own conditions.

  • POSTED BY adillove on | September 17, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    IRFAN IRFAN IRFAN IRFAN IRFAN IRFAN IRFAN IRFAN IRFAN He conceded 40 runs in 19 balls with run-rate of12.63 in today's warm-up match against Pakistan who [Pakistanis] are very famous for their worse batting and yes Pakistan had 8 players with bowling or All-round abilities and just 4 batsmen [12 men aside match]!

  • POSTED BY Fourworldcups on | September 17, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Australia or South Africa, guaranteed.

  • POSTED BY adillove on | September 17, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    I think SM got it wrong or said it wrong because only thing that is same in IPL and World T20I is that they both are played with 20 overs maybe SM think that they are really same because of it but I don't think so!

  • POSTED BY himohan007 on | September 17, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    After reading fans comment I saved my time by not reading the article. Thank you Guyz. Will Cricinfo publish my post to show how kind I am

  • POSTED BY hst84 on | September 17, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Its SA, SRL and Windies on the up for the trophy and hoping for a SA-SRL final !

  • POSTED BY Dark.Matter on | September 17, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    grounds are not short in sl so huge hitting is required . otherwise players who can hit the ball clean and in gaps are going to be successful. only powerplay will not work in these grounds.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    What the experts are not considering when talking about Australia's rankings in t20 is that we do not play more than two games in a series. All other countries play at least 3 games. As for Ramiz Raja's opinions abt. Australia being below Ireland, give me a break! It was 2-1 on the subcontinent. Two games were thrashings, and oz won by more in their win. The other was a tie, super over meaningless. So Pakistan must be bad if it can't beat us. We were runners up last time, we are Australia and we never, never lie down, unlike teams from the subcontinent!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 17, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    This T20 could be the tournament that Rohit Sharma proves his detractors wrong. This guy will one day get into the test 11 as well. BCCI should appoint Gavaskar to guide him for the sake of Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY Muttee on | September 17, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    wow, SM really need to travel to other places other than India to know what's going on in the world, seems like INDIA is his whole world. Maybe time to start commentating in the IPL only?

  • POSTED BY rao_hasan on | September 17, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    India, Pakistan, England and South Africa

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | September 17, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Look like SM advertised IPL he might be paid for this , you can not compare an international tournamet to a First Calss tourment even you hire 11 international player for it representing a country in crciket is much much important and honour If IPL is everything then Pakisrtan T20 cicket should have finshed but Pakistan won once finalist and semi finalist once also most of the England players not playing IPL but they won last time i Totaly rejected SM comments

  • POSTED BY Tahir_Anjum on | September 17, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    haha PooR SM just remember IOrfan Pathan and IPL

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | September 17, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Ramiz raja and sanjay manjerakar are the worst biased commentators....

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Let see, this match will be the test of nerves... This is a practice match and who ever wins the match, may be his confidence level will be on higher side...

  • POSTED BY sharj33l on | September 17, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    its time for nz or africa now

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | September 17, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    India Vs SA in the final. Take it. Oh yeah...England won't even qualify for the super 8's after getting thrashed by the Afgan boys!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • POSTED BY Candid7 on | September 17, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    SM focusing more on IPL longer format, he is comparing an International ICC event with a domestic league... That's not fair at all... An international tournament should be compared with an International one...

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Point out an answer of Sanjay Manjrekar where he did not mention IPL :p ... !!!

  • POSTED BY Kronicle1860 on | September 17, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    SA is going to win the World Cup!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    SM - Please stop commenting only about Indian playaers. Its a world-cup, and its a open tournament!!!

  • POSTED BY KunzMan on | September 17, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    India, Pakistan, West Indies and Srilanka or England to make it to the semis.

  • POSTED BY VIKUN on | September 17, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    "Earlier, it used to be Test players becoming 50-over players and them becoming good T20 players. Now you've got a generation of cricketers brought up on T20 stuff": Its not "THEM", its "THEN" Mr. ESPNCricinfo Staff.......!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | September 17, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    hahahaha SM all answers and views only around IRFAN

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    When are the later 2 going to retire?

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  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    When are the later 2 going to retire?

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | September 17, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    hahahaha SM all answers and views only around IRFAN

  • POSTED BY VIKUN on | September 17, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    "Earlier, it used to be Test players becoming 50-over players and them becoming good T20 players. Now you've got a generation of cricketers brought up on T20 stuff": Its not "THEM", its "THEN" Mr. ESPNCricinfo Staff.......!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY KunzMan on | September 17, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    India, Pakistan, West Indies and Srilanka or England to make it to the semis.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    SM - Please stop commenting only about Indian playaers. Its a world-cup, and its a open tournament!!!

  • POSTED BY Kronicle1860 on | September 17, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    SA is going to win the World Cup!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Point out an answer of Sanjay Manjrekar where he did not mention IPL :p ... !!!

  • POSTED BY Candid7 on | September 17, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    SM focusing more on IPL longer format, he is comparing an International ICC event with a domestic league... That's not fair at all... An international tournament should be compared with an International one...

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | September 17, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    India Vs SA in the final. Take it. Oh yeah...England won't even qualify for the super 8's after getting thrashed by the Afgan boys!