After Oz, Pak next test of nerves for India

Ahmedabad: March 25, 2011 - Their faces told the story. The smiles had evaporated and were replaced by anxiety and creased foreheads. This is what pressure does to even the most seasoned campaigners.

With so much at stake, the Indian and Australian players couldn’t help but feel the weight of expectations. After all, they were playing one of the biggest games of their careers. And at stake was a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

Only those with the biggest of hearts and the best of skills can survive this test. They are defined as big match players.

On Thursday, it was India’s bravehearts Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir who walked away with all the glory.

The three hit half-centuries in a nerve-wracking run-chase to power India to a last-four clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Wednesday.

With Australia’s ouster for the first time since 1999, international cricket will have a new world champion.

This tournament is proving to be Yuvraj Singh’s World Cup and he didn’t make any mistake. He was India’s star performer in the five-wicket win (14 balls to spare), both with the bat and the ball, to win his fourth Man of the Match award of the tournament. After taking two wickets for 44 runs in his 10-over spell, Yuvraj hit an unbeaten 57 off 65 balls.

Though Yuvraj Singh got his fourth man-of-the-match award in the tournament today, he sounded modest and said it was a team effort that was crucial. “I feel good to have contributed to the team but the victory cannot be achieved by one person, it’s a team effort,” he said.

India’s five-wicket triumph in Ahmedabad means they will tackle Pakistan, who reached the last four with a crushing 10-wicket win over the West Indies, in Mohali on March 30.

But Ponting was left battling to extend his nine-year reign as Australia one-day captain despite the 36-year-old hitting a composed 104 in his team’s below-par 260 for 6.

Brad Haddin made 53 and the recalled David Hussey pitched in with an unbeaten 38 off 26 balls. 

Yuvraj Singh then hit 57 not out — his fourth fifty of a tournament where he is averaging over a hundred — to see India home with 14 balls to spare.

Sachin Tendulkar missed his chance to clinch a landmark 100th international century but his 53 was crucial as was Gautam Gambhir’s 50. (HT With AFP inputs)


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Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist

About Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist

Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist, Ph.D., D. Litt., D Sc. (H.C), Editor-in-Chief of International Reporter, Chairman Media International Ltd., Born on 15 January 1927 in Montgomery, now in Pakistan. Internationally known, man of letters with over dozen of books and thousands of articles to his credit on various subjects including theories on the Creation of the Universe, the Black Holes, Supernovas and other functions of the Universe, Nature and Life , which he described both ways, philosophically and scientifically. He further elaborated how the entire Cosmos were formed. He holds spiritual wisdom of predicting and curing powers of the human problems, so much so, he is popularly known as Destiny Repairer, hence people call him with respect as Swamy Ji. He got the privilege of leading various Parliamentary Delegations abroad on good will missions; he also got the privilege of being invited by differnt Heads of State on state visits. He is the Founder of God Believers (GBA) who place belief in “FAITH”, Universal Modern Religion. FAITH is not a religion but a human service, an encyclopedia of creating healthy balance between Science and God. The main purpose of this mission is to defend the Identity of God from Scientists on one hand and to help fight Global Environmental Abuses, to create awareness of high risks of Excessive Nuclear Stockpiles, global service to the Human Rights and Justice on the other. He is a very simple man, he commands special respect as a holy man with high spiritualism and people address him as His Holiness. He is equally dedicated to the cause of media and journalism where he has been serving the people through his writing for over 50 years; he has also served as Member of Press Council of India. His main aim is to serve the humanity and all kinds of life on the Earth, to serve the elders, women and children, the blind, crippled, lepers and the needy, he is committed to save the Mother Earth from the abuses caused by humans and the nature through the social mission of God Believers (GBA), which also serves the World Peace. In short, he is a global social reformer. Google