Cricket World Cup Thread
Posted 25 March 2005 - 12:14 AM
Good to see Yasser alive and bowling.
It is reported that the ECB paid Zimbabwe $250,000 (?132,600) in compensation...
I bet that goes into Mugabe's hip pocket.
Posted 26 March 2005 - 03:19 PM
"On the wicket.
I don't think it is a good Test-match wicket. Pakistan made nearly 600 runs and we have made nearly 400 runs. So many runs in three days of cricket can't be a good wicket for Test match cricket. Pitches have to help both bowlers and batsmen to make it interesting".
He's right of course but there's nothing to do about it now. The ptich at Mumbai when Australia was beaten was much better because it produced an exciting result.
Posted 28 March 2005 - 12:06 PM
When Sourav Ganguly came out to bat, sections of the crowd shouted, "We want Karthik, we want Karthik". Less creative sections just booed. It was sad: such a fine batsman in his prime, perhaps the best captain India has ever had, now reduced to a poor parody of his former self. He pottered around for a while, then tried to drive a ball from Shahid Afridi that pitched wide outside off, and missed. The ball came into him viciously, and bowled him. As the fielders celebrated, Ganguly stood around wondering what had happened, unable to fathom that he was out, thinking perhaps that it was a stumping attempt and his foot was in the crease, or that the ball had rebounded from Kamran Akmal's pads. He had been down for a while; and now the umpire said that he was out. He walked off; was it for the last time in a Test match? The crowd didn't care. They booed him.
IMHO, Afridi made this a match.
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