Lots of Luck

first_imgThe World Cup tickets for the knockout rounds will be available via an online lottery system because heavy load crashed the official ticketing website www.kyazoonga.com. This will be the first time that there will be an online lottery for a sports event held in the subcontinent. Kyazoonga says that it had suggested the lottery system at the start of the tournament but the idea had been rejected. The lottery is common at other global sporting events where there is a heavy demand for tickets. The lottery for the London Olympic Games in 2012 opens on March 15.In order to claim tickets, people will have to visit the website and record their names in an online ballot box. The lottery will take place once the period of registration is complete. Each winner will be restricted to two tickets. “This way at least more people will have a chance to get tickets,” says Ratnakar Shetty, tournament director. The organisers scrapped the online ticket booking system for the World Cup final as the website crashed within hours of business on February 21. “We will announce a date and time when people can apply and after a draw, those winning will be asked to buy the same online,” says Shetty.The World Cup final will be held at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, which can accommodate 33,000 spectators. During initial bookings, 4,000 tickets were made available for the public out of which 1,000 tickets can be purchased online and the remaining 3,000 are reserved for people who queue up at the stadium counters. The rest of the tickets have been distributed among clubs associated with the Mumbai Cricket Association and the ICC.advertisementlast_img read more

T20 WC: It’s the best I’ve ever played, says Hussey

first_imgMichael Hussey still cannot believe that he has guided Australia to the Twenty20 World Cup finals with his hurricane knock against Pakistan but he is quite sure that the 24-ball 60 is the best innings of his career so far.Chasing an intimidating 191 for six, Australia were on the rack at 105 for five in the 13th over and needed 70 runs from five overs at one stage.Going into the final over of the innings, the Aussies needed 18 runs to win. But Hussey turned the match on its head with unalloyed pyrotechnics, putting the issue across Pakistan with one ball to spare.”That is probably the best I have ever played. I earlier considered the Ashes Test in Adelaide where I hit the last ball for a six as my best ever cricket innings. But this was the semis and a very crucial match for us. It is the best innings I have ever played,” he said.Hussey said he wasn’t confident that Australia could achieve the target and still can’t believe that his team has actually made the finals, where it will take on England on sunday.”Even I had plenty of doubts on whether we could score the runs. I can’t believe it myself.”Looking back at the incredible knock, Hussey said he took time to get his eye in before he started hitting the ball all over the park.”Initially, I take a few balls to get in. That is what I was trying to do, to get the strike. By the end of the innings I was trying to hit every ball. It happened to go my way. I am very, very happy,” said the beaming middle-order batsman.advertisementAsked about his thoughts going into the last over, Hussey said he just wanted to hit every ball out of the stadium.”I just wanted to try and hit every ball for a shot. If he had bowled yorkers and they were perfect, there wasn’t much you can do about it. But he (Saeed Ajmal) missed his length just by little bit.last_img read more