Cricket World Cup 2011: Irish Luck and DRS Howlers

Linus FernandesAnalyst IIMarch 4, 2011

Kevin and Niall O'Brien
Kevin and Niall O'BrienTom Shaw/Getty Images

The Irish rode their luck the other night, throwing a spanner into England’s attempt to progress to the quarterfinals.

Kevin O’Brien—younger brother to Niall, the man who rang the curtain call on Pakistan’s 2007 World Cup exit—hit the fastest ever century in the tournament off just 50 balls.

He was cool, calm and collected. He was to the manor born.

If there was any doubt that talent exists in the lower echelons of the ICC, Kevin O’Brien and Ryan ten Doeschate blew those vacillations to smithereens.

IPL barons, take note. 

I half expect my fellow cricket writers to come down on me like a ton of bricks for supporting the ICC's decision to restrict the 2015 World Cup to Test-playing nations.Ireland’s performance presents a strong case against doing so.

A swallow does not make a summer, though. It is to be seen how the Gaelic fare against India and South Africa.

Can the burly railwayman’s pyrotechnics lift Irish spirits and carry them soaring into the knockout rounds?

The Netherlands performed exceedingly well against the Poms in their first game (Why is it always the English?), but seem to have lost their way since.

The O’Brien family will celebrate.

They are a sporting family. Father Brendan played 52 ODI games and captained the national side. Sister Ciara represented her country in hockey.

In other news, the Decision Review System has come in for a huge amount of flak following Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s outburst in a press conference.

Terming the system an ‘adulteration’ of human oversight, the Indian captain targeted the 2.5 meter clause put in place to compensate for the failings in Hawkeye’s technology.

While Indian television channels raised a hue and cry about the decision, the discerning fan focused on the lack of penetrative bowling and lackluster fielding as reasons for the tied game against England.

The match between Pakistan and Canada demonstrated the effectiveness of the system. Yes, there will be mistakes. Yes, there are flaws in the technology. But the good far outweighs the bad.

The India-England tie was a league encounter; there was no outrage on display by fickle and fanatical Indian fans. How zealots would have behaved had this occurred in the knock-out rounds is anybody's guess.

I would like to believe that the Indian sporting fan has matured and no longer believes that cricketing prowess is the sole criterion that decides or shrouds national glory.

For those who are fed up with the surfeit of cricket served up on television channels, there is relief when India take on Serbia this evening at Novi Sad in the Davis Cup.

Viktor Troicki clashes against Rohan Bopanna and Janko Tipsarevic plays Somdev Devvarman in Friday’s match-up.

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Quote of the day: 

2 is not equal to 3, not even for large values of 2. – Grabel’s Law