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Old 18th June 2017, 20:09   #181
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The IPL is grossly overrated as a tournament/league. They play on flat pitches against flatter bowlers. The first 2 seasons were good for novelty value but since then, with corruption, match fixing etc it has been a sambles.
The IPL is so great that India havent won the World T20 since the IPL began.
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Old 18th June 2017, 20:39   #182
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India should have batted first.
I agree, and thought that before the game started. India stuffed Pakistan when they met in the groups, psychological advantage peaced away and whilst Pakistan had yet to bat 1st in the tournament, that wasn't necessarily going to favour India finding out how they'd fare.

India probably had the Sri Lanka defeat in their minds, although five of the previous times they'd successfully chased totals of 290+ had been against Pakistan......

Fair play to Pakistan, they made most of the gift of batting 1st and India were never really in it. Looked at one point as if Babar and Shoaib might play Pakistan into a rut, but Babar finally got his butt in gear.

Shame I suppose as both semis and the final were a bit one sided
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Old 18th June 2017, 21:34   #183
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Shades of 1992 where Pakistan only just made the semis before beating England in the final. A certain Wasim Akram took 3 wickets as well.

Great result for Pakistan and Micky Arthur. It just makes you wonder how good Mo Amir would have been were it not for his lunacy.
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Old 18th June 2017, 21:48   #184
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Logged into cricinfo and saw the black screen frame and funeral music and knew something was up.

What a spanking for India.
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Logged into cricinfo and saw the black screen frame and funeral music and knew something was up.

What a spanking for India.
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Old 19th June 2017, 09:43   #186
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What a proper stuffing indeed! The only hope was for Kohli to play another one of those innings he seem to produce while chasing, but he seemed a bit rattled with how Pakistan went about their batting and the fact that he had to come in so early into bat.

It was a complete performance from Pakistan and the only solace for me was switching over to hockey to watch India beating Pakistan 7-1.
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I much prefer the CT to the World Cup - it's shorter, and the games are more likely to be significant. Indeed, there was only one match in the tournament where the result had no impact on one of the teams - England qualified no matter what the result of their final match (while for the Australians, it was very much a live match). The same would have been true had the NR games gone the distance and been won by the side in the clearly stronger position at the interruption.

The WC goes on much too long, and the group stages are largely meaningless in that they simply decide which of the ten Test playing nations don't make it through to the knockout stages (in this case England and Zimbabwe).

Less is definitely more.
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I much prefer the CT to the World Cup - it's shorter, and the games are more likely to be significant. Indeed, there was only one match in the tournament where the result had no impact on one of the teams - England qualified no matter what the result of their final match (while for the Australians, it was very much a live match). The same would have been true had the NR games gone the distance and been won by the side in the clearly stronger position at the interruption.

The WC goes on much too long, and the group stages are largely meaningless in that they simply decide which of the ten Test playing nations don't make it through to the knockout stages (in this case England and Zimbabwe).

Less is definitely more.
This is the problem, the last 2 CTs have been better than the WCs we've had to sit through. Nowadays, even the world t20 provides more entertainment and bombast with a better format for viewers.

My issue is, we've years of the CT having an identity crisis, it has, in 4 years, become the premier ODI tournament. So the question is, what of the wc? Especially considering 2019 will feature fewer teams, what's the point?
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