Will India be undercooked should conditions and bowlers conspire against them? Suresh Raina has faced 10 balls in the tournament so far, MS Dhoni 26 and Dinesh Karthik 84. Will England’s professionalism come second best – as it has tended to happen in big cricket events – to the freer spirits?
What’s worse for Sri Lanka is that, in case of a washout, India will go through on account of being winners of Group B. The Champions Trophy is marketed as a “short, sharp” tournament, but not having a reserve day for the knockout matches is stretching that concept a bit too far.
At last year’s World Twenty20, de Villiers was able to utter the word “choke” and not be immediately carted off. On this occasion, however, it is perhaps England who are more likely to be dragged down by an albatross around their necks. They have never won an ICC 50-over event and this may still be their best chance. Cook’s men can’t afford any more mistakes.
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 – 12th Match, Group A – Australia v Sri Lanka, 17 June Sri Lanka (67% Votes) Australia (33% Votes)
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 – 11th Match, Group A: England v New Zealand, 16 June New Zealand (30% Votes) England (70% Votes)
Believe me, till day in any tournament a game between India and Pakistan had been so tensed that I won’t been able to accept that today game is going to be just like another match for team India.