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Ind vs Aus: Battles within the war

Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 15:52 [IST]
 
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Ahmedabad, Mar 22: It is being touted as the perfect opportunity for Team India to avenge the disappointing loss to Australia in the 2003 World Cup at South Africa. With a much diminished aura, every other team in World cricket is lusting at the prospect of having a go at the Kangaroos and avenge the multiple humiliations meted out to them in the Warne-McGrath-Gilchrist-Hayden era  (video).

If Australia lose then it can be dismissed off as a known-outcome, especially when given the context of retired stalwarts who made the Aussies such a force in world cricket. But if India lose, there will be much more at stake to lose than the world cup alone.

In Sachin Tendulkar, India have the ultimate batsman that a captains long for, crowd pays money to watch for and opposition hopes to get rid of lest he inflicts an irreparable damage. Much has been written about him and yet nothing appears to suffice the description of the greatest batsman ever. Who else than the Aussies can know it better. He is the first scalp the Aussies aim for and if he keeps going he is the last man they want to set a field for. His domination of nearly three generation of Australian bowlers is well-documented and this time he would be more than eager to do it one last time. In all probability this might be the last time he will take on the Aussies in the global tournament and would thus like to amend the previous records and lead his team to accomplish a long-held dream.

If the presence of Sachin wasn't enough the Aussie bowlers have to contend with his prototype- the inimitable Virendra Sehwag. Though he hasn't had the best of records against the Kangaroos in the 50-over format, but still nothing can ve concluded against the Delhi-dasher. If he gets going, then there is no place for bowlers to seek cover.

With such a mix of flair and flambuoyance at the top of the order, the new ball pair of Australia have their task cut out. A rejuvenated Brett Lee hasn't yet set the stage on fire but still has done enough to be called the best bowler on display by the Australians in the tournament. The Lee Vs Tendulkar battle is something that has been etched as one of the greatest ever.

After the much-vaunted tussle at the top, there can be another eagerly awaited battle between the pace of Tait and arrogance of Sehwag. But if Sehwag curbs his instincts and stays long to face Jason Krejza then get set for some astonishing firework. Viru's eyes light up at the sight of a spinner, more so an off-spinner and if he does it again, then Krejza may just never wish to tour India again, at least until Sehwag draws curtains on his career.

Beyond the usual battles, there is another mouth-watering prospect of Yuvraj vs Mitchell Johnson and given the sort of form Yuvi is in, it won't be a surprise if he walks away with the honours ahead of his much-talked about colleagues.

And finally, the battle that has defined the Indo-Australia clashes since the end of the nineties and the start of the noughties- Bhaji vs Punter. Ever since they had that infamous brawl at a pub during the nascent stages of their career, both of them have fought against the other in a manner befitting the gladiators of the erstwhile Roman empire. While Harbhajan has always got the better of Ponting in the Test matc

Ahmedabad, Mar 22: It is being touted as the perfect opportunity for Team India to avenge the disappointing loss to Australia in the 2003 World Cup at South Africa. With a much diminished aura, every other team in World cricket is lusting at the prospect of having a go at the Kangaroos and avenge the multiple humiliations meted out to them in the Warne-McGrath-Gilchrist-Hayden era  (video).

If Australia lose then it can be dismissed off as a known-outcome, especially when given the context of retired stalwarts who made the Aussies such a force in world cricket. But if India lose, there will be much more at stake to lose than the world cup alone.

In Sachin Tendulkar, India have the ultimate batsman that a captains long for, crowd pays money to watch for and opposition hopes to get rid of lest he inflicts an irreparable damage. Much has been written about him and yet nothing appears to suffice the description of the greatest batsman ever. Who else than the Aussies can know it better. He is the first scalp the Aussies aim for and if he keeps going he is the last man they want to set a field for. His domination of nearly three generation of Australian bowlers is well-documented and this time he would be more than eager to do it one last time. In all probability this might be the last time he will take on the Aussies in the global tournament and would thus like to amend the previous records and lead his team to accomplish a long-held dream.

If the presence of Sachin wasn't enough the Aussie bowlers have to contend with his prototype- the inimitable Virendra Sehwag. Though he hasn't had the best of records against the Kangaroos in the 50-over format, but still nothing can ve concluded against the Delhi-dasher. If he gets going, then there is no place for bowlers to seek cover.

With such a mix of flair and flambuoyance at the top of the order, the new ball pair of Australia have their task cut out. A rejuvenated Brett Lee hasn't yet set the stage on fire but still has done enough to be called the best bowler on display by the Australians in the tournament. The Lee Vs Tendulkar battle is something that has been etched as one of the greatest ever.

After the much-vaunted tussle at the top, there can be another eagerly awaited battle between the pace of Tait and arrogance of Sehwag. But if Sehwag curbs his instincts and stays long to face Jason Krejza then get set for some astonishing firework. Viru's eyes light up at the sight of a spinner, more so an off-spinner and if he does it again, then Krejza may just never wish to tour India again, at least until Sehwag draws curtains on his career.

Beyond the usual battles, there is another mouth-watering prospect of Yuvraj vs Mitchell Johnson and given the sort of form Yuvi is in, it won't be a surprise if he walks away with the honours ahead of his much-talked about colleagues.

And finally, the battle that has defined the Indo-Australia clashes since the end of the nineties and the start of the noughties- Bhaji vs Punter. Ever since they had that infamous brawl at a pub during the nascent stages of their career, both of them have fought against the other in a manner befitting the gladiators of the erstwhile Roman empire. While Harbhajan has always got the better of Ponting in the Test matches, there has been no clear cut winner in the ODI arena. But still it would be fair to say that Ponting has at times inflicted heavy damages on the feisty-Sardar's bowling figure-remember the 2003 World Cup finals.

So as a billion people wait with baited breathes, expectantly to see their much-adored men in blue to go past the Australian barrier, rest assured that we have a cracker of a contest on hands (video).

OneIndia Cricket

hes, there has been no clear cut winner in the ODI arena. But still it would be fair to say that Ponting has at times inflicted heavy damages on the feisty-Sardar's bowling figure-remember the 2003 World Cup finals.

So as a billion people wait with baited breathes, expectantly to see their much-adored men in blue to go past the Australian barrier, rest assured that we have a cracker of a contest on hands (video).

OneIndia Cricket

Story first published:  Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 13:02 [IST]
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