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I only got to know of the “Ian Bell run-out incident” itself when I got onto the Cricinfo mobile site.

Yes, the incident is unfortunate and did bring back memories of a match in 2006, when Baz McCullum took off the bails when Murali completed his run and then went to congratulate his batting partner, Sangakkara, on having reached his century. He failed to notice that the ball hadn’t been returned back to Baz. Everyone appealed and it was given out and Fleming didn’t bother revoking his decision to appeal. That dismissal cost us a fair bit as Murali was providing good support to Sanga,who would’ve stretched our lead further to ensure that the Lankan bowlers had more to bowl to in the final innings of the match.

It was the same here, except that Bell had packed in his gloves to go have his hot cuppa tea.

However, this incident was worse because there was the clear egging by Morgan, who has always displayed himself as a very street-smart player, to get back to his crease, all of which went unheeded by Bell.

The umpires asked Dhoni whether he wanted to keep the appeal on, to which he replied in the affirmative.

However, what makes this whole “recalling Ian Bell” incident farficial is this.

Strauss and the coach, Andy Flower, had the nerve to go and ask Dhoni whether he wanted to keep the appeal as such.

Did they really have to be a pair of babies to go and ask Dhoni to return the toys which he stole from them?

Naturally, Dhoni wouldn’t have wanted to be cowered by the demand made by the two, so he said that he wanted to discuss it with the team. The booing by the crowds, as well as the possible negative opinions which may have been formed of him (as if bad publicity about the preparation for the tour wasn’t hard enough to handle), would’ve persuaded him to overturn his appeal.

Besides, how bad would it look if, despite a personal appeal, he didn’t revoke his decision? People might even go to the extent of misconstruing it as disrespect for the two Andys.

Therefore, enough with the praises from the ECB and the ICC about how “the spirit of cricket was upheld by the two teams”.

That’s rubbish!

There was much more at stake for both teams than the Spirit of Cricket (it eventually proved to be less for England as Bell added a further 22 runs before actually getting out), so they decided to revoke it. I don’t think no-one’s conscience felt the pinch!

So, get over it, everyone, and focus on the great batting display being provided by the Englishmen!

Chris Gayle…..

Posted: May 14, 2009 in Test Cricket
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Well, it took me by surprise when Gayle suddenly decided that he’s had enough of captaincy..

I’m totally cool with that because every captain has a certain shelf life, for some its 2 years, others 3 years (Mahela Jayawardene) and for some, it’s around 10 years (like Stephen Fleming).

It’s good that he wants to resign when he doesn’t like it because the most destructive thing that could happen to a team is when the captain doesn’t really like his job.

However, the fact that he decided to reveal it during a tour is, by no means, a very smart thing to do, considering that there isn’t really someone in the team who can stand out and say “Hey, I’m good to captain”. Also, the fact that he hasn’t told it to his team, but to a newspaper, just smacks of immaturity and stupidity!

Denesh Ramdin is just starting to establish his place in the team and to give him the captaincy might just burden him further. However, you never know, he might just go up and above his capabilities, like Mahela did when he was captain (barring his recent rut in limited over games).

Also, the fact that he is so nice enough to say that he wouldn’t be sad if test matches were gone…

Now, I’m all for a person speaking out his mind…I had recently commented on Brian Carpenter’s blog (can’t remember the name of his blog) that I totally support the fact that he is speaking his mind and the long duration of tours sicken everyone, not only KP.

However, though I do feel quite pissed that he says so, I think it would be best if we all (including the administrators) sit down and think deeply about what he said.

Yes, money does rule the game. I think the whole shit of ‘I love playing for my country, it’s such an honour’ is generally said by people who actually love the dosh. The game’s commercialised, people do start playing cricket because of a love for the game, but realise that it’s a good way of making a living and decide that that’s what matters, regardless of whether it involves giving up country for club.

Rather than trying to hunt Gayle down and point an AK-47 at his temple and ask him to scream “Test Cricket is God”, I think we should do that to Julian Hunte, the WICB president.

You have your mind set on making $900,000 for 6 weeks of work, and when some other idiots ruin that for their monetary benefit, it is truly pissifying! I totally feel for him, though it shouldn’t be miscontrued as me hating test cricket. In fact, I generally switch over to a test match over the IPL because there is something soothing about test cricket which the IPL (or even the EPL, or any other damn PL) can’t match.

Perhaps this could be a blessing in disguise. Maybe this could be a rude wake-up signal for the administrators to create a window for the IPL and the Champions Leagues so that players can make their money and don’t have to rue playing for their country.

Bravo, Chris Gayle! I applaud you for speaking your mind! (Just loved your jibe about Strauss! Stuff of the Legends! 🙂

I’d like to wind up this post with what Gayle said about the scheduling of games, something which we should make administrators read out loud with a gun to their head..

There’s a lot of cricket being played and I’ve started to develop a lot of injuries. It takes a toll on your body and your mental strength so at some stage you aren’t going to go on forever. You have to choose what you are going to do as a person.

I know…

Posted: May 4, 2009 in Test Cricket
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I’ve been really slacking and not paying enough attention to my cricket blog…

It’s perhaps because the IPL is the only tournament going on…

I just don’t feel inclined to write much about it because everyday you have 2 matches so you just forget about yesterday’s match once you’ve watched today’s one.

The feeling that you get from watching an awesome match like the one between Mumbai and Punjab is not allowed to sink in…

Frankly, though I am contributing to the CSK fansite blog, I really am eagerly awaiting for some proper cricket…

Which comes in the form of England vs WI! 🙂

Can the day get any better?

Marcus North, yet another player in the line of ‘middle-aged’ debutants of Australia, scores a ton on debut…

Mitchell Johnson is left stranded on 96 because Hilfy decided not to use his common sense and poked at a ball which would’ve harmlessly went away…

Graeme Smith, the ‘Warrior of Sydney’, goes for a blob…

Neil McKenzie, the person on the end of a lot of flak, stays firm amidst the chaos….

Edwards bowls his heart out, including some beauties to Ravi, but doesn’t get aptly rewarded….

What better advertisement for test cricket than the 27th of February, 2009?

Despite nearly looking and feeling like a zombie today morning, I somehow managed to get myself to watch history in the making as Hashim Amla hit the winning runs to inflict the first series defeat for Australia @ home since Richie Richardson’s West Indies beat AB’s boys in the 1992/1993 season.

It was truly magnificent, and I have to say, it is extremely amazing and nice to see Graeme Smith’s boys winning it, them being the truly deserving victors. It all started, IMO, with that amazing reguard by JP and Steyn.

I had to admit that, by then, I actually felt kinda’ strange seeing the Aussies getting thrashed, ‘yet again’, and it finished with the 5 wicket haul by Dale Steyn.