Tuesday, March 13, 2007

ICC WCC 07:SWOT Analysis Match#1 WI vs Pak

We are couple of hours away from the most awaited event of the year for all the cricket crazy Indians- The Ninth Edition of the ICC world Cup Cricket 2007.

Here in Japan, not surprisingly there is not even a whishper about it :-(

Being an avid follower(and of course played) of this game for the last 15 odd years, i try to present here a SWOT(Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat) analysis for all crucial World cup matches.

I hope you enjoy it!

Match 1: West Indies Vs Pakistan

West Indies

Batting Department-Gayle, Chanderpaul and Lara of course!
Young legs on the field. Should able to save few runs.

: Bowling line up not upto the mark. Heavy reliance on Gayle, chanderpaul and Lara. Ability to collapse like 9 pins-remember the 93 all out against the Kenyans and the more recent 85 all out?

Home ground advantage. Crowd behind them. Weak Pakistani bowling attack.

Mohammed Yousuf - One of his best batting forms and Inzy can belt the WI's rather weak bowling attack.


Strengths: Batting definitely. Yousuf, Inzaman and Imran Nazir can belt the leather on his day.

No Akthar, No Sami, No Razzaq. Do i need to say more?
Not that great fielding side as well. If Danish Kaneria plays, dont think he will trouble the heavily Left handed loaded WI team.

Opportunities: Capitalize on good starts. Getting a big total helps nonetheless. Not so great WI bowling attack too.

Threats: Extremely weak bowling attack. Slow legs on the field.

Karth Inc Predicts: This is a toughie. Both teams which have a equally good strengths and bad weaknesses. I am going to stick my head out and say, WI should be able to win this!