Preview: ICC World Cup India Vs Ireland
Neetu Banga | 05 Mar 2011

Now Group B in ICC World Cup got tougher to compete it by Ireland win over England. Their talented play once again forces to think India that they will have to bring close to their best when Men-in-Blue will take them on Sunday in Bengaluru. David defeated Goliath in modest way. Kelvin O’ Brien scores fastest century in the World Cup has place Ireland on an unprecedented high. Earlier they are coming under minnow category and now appearing to have set foot on the first rung of a far reaching ladder. Indian dream of winning World Cup is losing with their bowling and fielding failure in last two matches. MS Dhoni needs drastic revision in recuperative plans with Ireland fixture. Ireland team is in sky-scraping spirit after beating one of experienced English team. For Irish team Chinnaswamy stadium has become one of favourite and best ground among the hosting countries where cricketing history books recorded a special entry.

Irish batting against the English bowling was remarkable for its stoicism. Batters in the team have already shown potential and held the fort with reasonable scores of their own. Ireland has shown some good death bowling. Star bowler John Mooney jolted the English by picking up four players who were either set or capable of dangerous hitting.
India has the one of the toughest top fours batmen with strong line –up of Sehwag, Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir. Any team in World Cup could wish for it. Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan are quite capable of the big blows. For all their publicizing as favourites, India will be shuddering to think of how to deal with O’Brien & Co. Indian team has already shown defenceless to inclined attack during their last match with England. Accept Zaheer Khan brilliant bowling, rest of attack is flaw ridden. India is likely to stick with spin attack and strength. Ashwin might be better thwart for Harbhajan Singh with his mystery keeping batmen on their toes. Harbhajan Singh can slip more wicket taking deliveries himself. Ashwin bowls directly straight line will prove harder to O’ Brien. India still have need lots of improvement in fielding which men-in-blue were doing similar to as street play. O’Brien remains danger man for India till match end.
India Squad: MS Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag(vice Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, R. Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar.
Ireland Squad: William Porterfield (C), Niall O’Brien, Andre Botha, Alex Cusack, Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell, Gary Wilson, Nigel Jones Paul Stirling, John Mooney, Boyd Rankin, Andrew White, Trent Johnston, Albert van der Merwe, Ed Joyce