Pitch report

first_imgTeam ManThe final over of the Indian innings against Bangladesh started with Yusuf Pathan on strike. India’s score read 365/3 and Pathan went to Virat Kohli, who was two runs short of a century, to ask what he should do. Instead of asking Pathan to take a single and give him the strike, the 22-year-old Delhi boy told his partner, “Maaro (hit the ball).” That’s what we call teamwork.Mission BodylineEngland opener Kevin Pietersen is on a new mission-finding a new tattoo. He already flaunts several tattoos, including one of England’s Three Lions. “Time to look into finding some more tattoo designs,” tweeted Pietersen. His mates will want him to find a design to win the Cup instead.Weighty IssueGeoffrey Boycott has written off Yuvraj Singh even before the start of the World Cup. “Yuvraj looks jaded and overweight. If he delivers, fine, or else, the powers that be are likely to move on,” wrote Boycott in a column. Are you listening, Yuvi?”Harbhajan Singh is the best spinner in the world. The way he bowls is unbelievable. Every time I watch him, my game improves.”- Jason Krejza, Australian spinnerThe Good HostSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa banned a World Cup song which warned that Australia would end up as bird food while New Zealand would have their jaws broken. Rajapaksa ordered the song to be taken off all state-run radio and TV channels. He censured authorities for allowing the “insulting” lyrics. Local artiste Lahiru Perera lent his voice to this three minute-long song in Sinhalese and Tamil.advertisementWhat’s in a Name?Ashish Nehra was not only ignored for the match against Bangladesh, captain M.S. Dhoni even forgot his name at the toss. When TV interviewer Ravi Shashtri asked the skipper to name is team line-up, Dhoni replied: “Ashwin, Chawla, Raina and one other guy will not play.”last_img