Call it a fever, frenzy or craze but this once-in-4-year event completely changes India and it’s people. Cricket is not just a game, it’s a religion in India. The 2007 ICC World Cup was inaugurated over the weekend and matches are scheduled from Mar 13 to April 28, 2007. West Indies being the host who better than Sir Garry Sobers to declare the world cup open.
The 16 participating countries (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Scotland, Netherlands, Iceland, Canada, and Bermuda) are divided into 4 groups (Group A, Group B, Group C, and Group D). In each group, each country will play with rest of the countries. A Win is 2 points, a Tie is 1 point and a Loss is 0 point. Two winners from each group will then move to "Super 8" where again each country will play against each other from which 4 semi-finalists are decided. And then finalist and finally the winner.
India won the 1983 World Cup and were runners up in 2003. The complete team profile is a good mix of medium pace bowlers, spinners, strong opening batsman, reliable top & middle order and hitting low orders. May the best team win and I wish, and hope, India is the best team this time Send your wishes to India here. Here are some detailed analysis on Indian Cricket and their prospects in the World Cup:
Here (and here and here and here) are some detailed analysis of Indian Cricket Team.
Dish Network and DirecTV offer all the 51 matches for $199.99 in USA. If you subscribe using Dish Network, then you can also watch the games on willow.tv.
51 games, 16 countries, 47 days, 1 winner. Let’s see who outwits, outplay and outlast everybody else.
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