In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott discusses the best-led teams in the World Cup, Yorkshire’s chances in the County Championship, Australia’s selection debate and how to improve one’s game on the off side.
Before the final everyone was talking about the big two, Muttiah Muralitharan and Sachin Tendulkar. Could Murali go out with a big bang? Or Tendulkar score his hundredth hundred and make a billion people happy? No. To both.
India are not a team that play well under pressure but I believe they are capable of handling the hype to become the first team to win the World Cup in their own country.
Just after Christmas England were the World Twenty20 champions, had just won the Ashes and were on a high. We were not the best one-day side but we were not the worst and fancied our chances in the World Cup.
Today’s semi-final is about as big as cricket gets. Pakistan against India is a match that brings in history, politics and huge nationalistic passions. Let’s hope the game lives up to its billing.
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott discusses the World Cup semi-finals, Ponting’s future, Shoaib’s unfulfilled talent, and his memories of the late Fred Titmus.
New Zealand are the underdogs of the semi-finals. They have no players who excite the imagination. But they like being discounted and underestimated: that is what makes them feel most comfortable.
We have been here for nearly five weeks and the first quarter-final does not start until Wednesday. It is barmy. This World Cup is too long and it is hurting the credibility of the game.
If England get through to the quarter-finals I will not be putting my money on them.
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott discusses England’s troubles, Kamran’s wicketkeeping woes, the challenge of the batting Powerplay and questions surrounding the review system..keep looking »