Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Question

April 3, 2011

In this video, at 1:10, there’s a batsman (possibly a South African) breaking the wicket with his bat. Does anybody know who that is, and what this incident was? Was he just celebrating a victory?

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This means war

September 29, 2010

Last week’s Ask Steven on Cricinfo had this interesting tidbit.

“Good Lord! This means war!” What event in 1939 apparently convinced an MCC member that the Second World War had begun? asked Mike Jones from Chelmsford

The story goes that one day in September 1939, some members in the Long Room at Lord’s spotted a workman removing the bust of WG Grace that used to be on display there, intending to put it into safe storage. According to the member you’ve quoted, that could only mean one thing: the Second World War had started.

All-time World XI

September 29, 2010

Cricinfo is going to be picking an all-time world XI for Test cricket. And they’re asking you to submit your picks. Go here.

Here’s the team I picked:
World XI

Go pick your team and come share it here.

BTW, surprisingly, Ponting is not listed among the middle-order batsmen. I didn’t have room to pick him in my team anyways, but I’m very surprised at such a glaring omission. I’m sure they will realize it and fix it soon enough.

3 (superstitious) Idiots: Sourav, Aamir, Sachin

March 7, 2010

In addition to cricket, I am also a big fan of Aamir Khan, an innovative and phenomenal Bollywood actor/director/producer, and the only one, IMO, who’s maintained some sort of standard in Bollywood. I don’t really watch Bollywood movies (except for the rare, supposedly good ones — which are mostly Aamir Khan movies) but yesterday I had the chance to see his latest movie, 3 Idiots (which is quite good BTW). Aamir obviously cares about education (remember Taare Zameen Par?) and a lot of the message of that movie, he sincerely believes. Since this is a cricket blog, I won’t get anymore into it. But, while looking it up online, I found that before the movie premiered, Aamir travelled to many places in India under disguise. One of those places was Kolkata, where he went to Sourav Ganguly’s home under disguise to try and meet him and get his autograph, but was turned away.

He had set it up to meet him in the evening regardless.

Now Aamir is a huge cricket fan (remember Lagaan?), and so the topic of cricket (and inevitably Tendulkar) obviously came up. And kindly presented me the opportunity to blog about Aamir here. 🙂

I’ll refrain from extolling Aamir here (at least, not any further), but if you want to know more about him, head over to his blog. If you want to see videos from his trip across India, go here.

Tendulkar vs Ponting (Part II)

April 6, 2009

My first post about these two batting greats was three years ago to the month, and it still continues to attract an audience. So, I decided it was time for an update.

Here are the current career stats for both:

Mat Inns Runs Avg 100s
Sachin Tendulkar 159 260 12773 54.58 42
Ricky Ponting 131 221 10960 56.20 37

And here are their stats since April 2006 (ie, since the last post).

Matches Runs Batting Avg. Centuries
Sachin Tendulkar 27 2304 51.20 7
Ricky Ponting 26 2168 49.27 6

Nearly identical stats. Both Tendulkar and Ponting struggled with injuries but are now back. There was talk 3 years ago that Tendulkar would fade away and Ponting would take over the world record for the most number of Test centuries. Neither has happened. Ponting was playing tremendously around 2005/06, but since has returned to more earthly form, allowing Tendulkar to keep pace (and even pull ever so slightly ahead).

Ponting is slightly younger than Tendulkar and hence people have been conjecturing that Ponting will be ahead when both men put their bats away. However, both might still end up playing for about the same amount of time. Tendulkar has not mentioned anything about retiring and it feels like he wants to just carry on as long as he can. Given that he is ahead at the moment, I would say that he’ll most likely be ahead when they both retire.

We’ll have to wait a few more years to get the answer. Until then let’s enjoy the last few years of both these batsmen.

Finally, it’s happening…

July 22, 2008

I had first written about it nearly three years ago. It’s been a while, but finally it’s happening. Read all about it here.

Cricket is evolving. And not a day too soon.

Overthrows

May 15, 2008

Recently (as in, the last decade), some prominent cricket celebrities have suggested that the fielder should not be penalized for hitting the stumps, and that the ball should be considered dead when it hits the stumps. That’s been a bit controversial and the snail-paced ICC hasn’t made any decision about that. It seems fair enough to me.

But really it’s not the fielder that is being penalized; it’s the bowler. I don’t think anybody would disagree with me when I say that the overthrows should not count as runs against the bowler, but as extras. I believe this is a simple (read: not controversial) and fair rule change.

Rejoice!

March 19, 2008

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.

Get rid of the toss already

March 6, 2008

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.

Cricket v Baseball

November 27, 2006

Check out this great article from Mike Marqusee, a US-born cricket tragic who’s now a Brit and loves both the games dearly.

Sticks and balls