The great event has been kicked off. After arduous practicing as well as fresh-ups the teams are now put on the job. There had been lot of predictions, apprehensions, optimisms, criticisms etc. Now every captain, every player and every coach will be having his own opinion about the home team, the other teams and also about the top rank players. Veterans such as former captains and formal players will have a few interesting commends about the players.
Now all the eyes are on the maestro Sachin Tendulkar. While his presence in the team itself is a great inspiration for the young players, Sachin wants to make his last World Cup innings a grand success.
The ‘Captain Cool’ of India M S Dhoni is capable of changing the game according to the situation. Dhoni himself has said prior to the first match with Bangladesh that his team has already picked up the intensity. Veteran Sunil Gavaskar stated that captain Dhoni as well as the coach Gary Kristen never acts violently when subjected to pressure.
The Sri Lankan Skipper Kumar Sangakkara said that every one wants a great world cup and for them every game is vital.
Duncan Fletcher, batting consultant for South Africa considers India and Sri Lanka as the winning sides. He said that the South African team led by Graeme Smith may win at the early stages but to emerge as victorious from the final stage, they desperately need luck on their side. Sunil Gavaskar also has said that South African team had been so near yet so far most of the times and with a bit of luck things would have been quite different for them.
The Australian off-spinner Jason Krejza described Harbhajan Singh as the best spinner in the world. He said that by watching the games played by Harbhajan, he himself could improve a lot.
Former captain of England team, Mike Gatting has praised Kevin Pietersen as an equivalent to Ian Botham.
The West Indies team had a set back when the team management has decided to keep wicket keeper Carlton Baugh and opener Adrian Barath out of the World Cup team.