England: Producing Excitement Through Mediocrity
by Devanshu Mehta
There have been two good and two great cricket matches in the World Cup so far:
- England v. Netherlands: Netherlands bats first, scores 292 on the back of a ten Doeschate blinder and England falter a bit before winning.
- Sri Lanka v Pakistan: Sri Lanka fail to chase a total within their reach against a never-say-die Pakistan bowling attack.
- England v. India: India bat England out of the game. Then England almost walk away with it. Zaheer brings India right back. And it’s a tie.
- England v. Ireland: England bat Ireland out of the game. Ireland collapses, before Kevin O’Brien walks away with it.
Do you sense a pattern? England was involved in three of the four games. They’ve produced exciting matches by vastly under-performing.
On the other hand, two teams produced excitement by over-performing: Ireland and Pakistan.
In fact, Pakistan and England have had diametrically opposite performances in the World Cup so far.
England: Top order fires, middle-order misfires and bowlers don’t show up to work.
Pakistan: Top order fails, middle-order rescues and bowlers save the day.