Archive for March, 2008
They’re not the best 25 all-time catches as the video claims, but it’s a pretty good collection nonetheless.
Hidden in this Cricinfo report is a mention of the small matter of the ICC trying out player referrals in international cricket. Finally, it is happening. And not a moment too soon.
Increasingly, cricket is becoming more about skills on the field and less about fortune. While we wait for the ICC to start using technology to aid the umpires, there’s one other thing that can be looked at. The toss.
In Test matches in particular, but also on certain dew-prone grounds for ODIs, the toss can sometimes make a huge difference. Batting on a 5th-day pitch is almost always tougher. So what to do if a captain runs into a luckless patch? There have been numerous cases where one captain or another, worldwide, has lost a slew of tosses in a series. At times, this alone can decide the fate of a series. To prevent such an occurence, the captains of both the teams should agree that each of them will take turns to decide what to do (bat or field) in every other game. There should only be one toss in the first game to decide who goes first. In the next game, the other captain would have the choice of making the decision, and then back to the first captain for the game after that. And so it goes on.
Of course, there’s still a chance of luck intervening, but less so.
Bracken was hugely lauded for his performance in the CB series and even given the Player of the Series award. He took the most number of wickets, 21, at a miserly average of 16.52. But nobody seems to have noticed that he played exceedingly well against Sri Lanka, but not India. Here’s a breakdown of his stats.
Against Sri Lanka : Conceded 110 runs for 13 wickets at an average of 8.5 in 4 games
Against India : Conceded 237 runs for 8 wickets at an average of nearly 30 in 6 games