Archive for December, 2014


The Kohli-Johnson Confrontation enters the Press Event at MCG

December 30, 2014


K vs J 22 K vs J 33 Johnson out of line in spat with ‘hated’ Kohli | The New Daily ….   “but Kohli wants to go on with it”

Sai Mohapatra’s Report

Their on-field banter spilled over to the press conference room as Virat Kohli didn’t care for the call ‘what happens on the field remains on the field’. The trigger point being when Mitchell Johnson threw a ball back at the striker end after Kohli played one in the follow through, it hit Kohli and that got two of them going throughout the day at the MCG.

“I was really annoyed with him hitting me with the ball, and I told him that’s not on,” Kohli said. ” ‘Try and hit the stumps next time, not my body.’ You have got to send the right message across. I am not there to take to some unnecessary words or chats from someone. I am going there to play cricket, [and to] back myself. There’s no good reason that I should respect unnecessarily some people when they are not respecting me.” Read the rest of this entry ?


Sri Lanka’s Cricketing feats 2014 … an ISLAND Capsule

December 29, 2014



Dimuth Karunaratne comes of age

December 28, 2014

Andrew Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 28 December 2014, where thetitle is “Karunaratne shows value of old-world patience

When you’re young and impetuous, waiting makes little sense. Patience is a game for men who have seen years slip through their fingers; who have had decades melt together, and moments stretch into months, in their minds. The millennial generation, of whom Dimuth Karunaratne is a full-blown, card-carrying member, is the epitome of youthful impudence, many say. Everything in 140 characters. Obnoxious photos of food, reality TV stars, and ADHD.

New Zealand v Sri Lanka - 1st Test: Day 3 Pic by Getty

So far in Karunaratne’s career, he has been a study of millennial defects – as injudicious with his strokeplay as with some of his tweets, for which he has occasionally got heat. On the tour of England this year, he was posting up pictures of his shopping, then going out, hitting a crisp 30-odd, before gifting his wicket away. Read the rest of this entry ?


A Revolution in Test Cricket! Brendon McCullum transforms the run-rate!

December 26, 2014

Michael Roberts

A run rate of 107.44 when scoring 202 runs off 188 balls might seem a rare feat. Brendon McCullum achieved that recently on the third day of  New Zealand’s Third Test Match against Pakistan at Sharjah on 28th November 2014.

Well then! the same Brendon McCullum blasted 195 runs in 134 balls at a run-rate of 145.52 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on the first day of the First test against Sri Lanka on 28=6th December 2014. As far as I know this sort of scoring rate with such regularity is unheard of in  modern Test cricket.

Sharjah = McCullum … b Yasir Shah …. 202 runs … 279 mts …188 balls … 21 x 4 … 11 x 6 … at  107.44

Christchurch =McCullum …. c Karunaratne b Kaushal …. 195 runs …202 mts….134 b… 18 x4 …11 x 6 …. at  145.52

New Zealand v Sri Lanka Brendon McCullum hit the fastest Test hundred for New Zealand – off 74 balls – and finished on 195 off 134 against Sri Lanka in Christchurch © Getty Image Read the rest of this entry ?


Brendon McCullum massacres Sri Lankan bowling

December 26, 2014

Alagappan Muthu, in ESPNcricinfo, where the title isMcCullum 195 flays Sri Lanka”

New Zealand v Sri Lanka McCullum –Pic by Getty

Brendon McCullum KO-ed Sri Lanka on Boxing Day with the fastest century in New Zealand’s Test history. Not content with that, he nearly broke the world record for the quickest double-hundred, but fell five runs short – for 195 off 134 deliveries. McCullum put severe pressure on the bowlers and fed off the resulting inconsistency to ensure that all his four 50-plus scores in 2014 were turned into massive centuries – 224, 302, 202 and 195. The rest of the side played in his image and even an out-of-form James Neesham found fluency such that the fifth-wicket partnership produced 153 runs in 117 balls.

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The Hanging of Dr Usman revives the Tale of the Attack on the Cricket Entourage at Lahore in March 2009

December 21, 2014

The Pakistani government’s recent judicial execution Aqeel Ahmed alias Dr Usman alias Kamran alias Nazir Ahmed for his key role in an attack on their military HQ — read within the context of ISIS beheading activities and the ISIS’s worldwide appeal for like-minds in the West to resort to high-profile symbolic killings, revives our attentiveness to the vulnerability of high-profile sportsmen on official duty for their countries. Not only sportsmen but also officials as Broad, Taufel and others will tell you in the instance of the Lahore attack.  So, this reminder will be via a series of images –supplemented by point form thoughts below.

32a--Gaddafi plus cops _45529976_006965365-1- Police and security in a tizz at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore Read the rest of this entry ?


Home Umpires favour Own Teams in Cricket Test Matches

December 20, 2014

Eurasia Review… 

batsThe introduction of neutral umpires in Test cricket led to a drop in the number of LBW decisions going in favor of home teams, a study has revealed. The findings from research by economists, published by the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, come amidst renewed debate on whether neutral umpiring is still required in Test matches following the introduction of the Decision Review System (DRS). Read the rest of this entry ?


Sri Lanka v England, seventh one-day international: as it happened … working backwards in review

December 18, 2014


– Dilshan hits 18th career ODI hundred
– Root top-scores with 80 in England reply
Sri Lanka say goodbye to Sangakkara and Jayawardene
Cook is natural leader of England, says Downton
Sri Lanka v England: scorecard


16.36 So that is the end of England’s tour to Sri Lanka. Has anything been concluded or are there now more unanswered questions than ever? They have been outplayed for much of the series and Sri Lanka fully deserve their 5-2 win. The England selectors will meet on Friday to decide their squad for the tri-nations tour Down Under in January, which is expected to be very similar, if not identical, to the World Cup squad the following month. Does Alastair Cook stay? We will find out with the announcement on Saturday. Thank you for joining today. Cheerio.

16.28 These are great scenes. Not so for the England guys. Don’t know where they are. Crying in the changing room one presumes.

16.26 In case you need reminding, this is Jayawardene and Sangakkara’s final ODI on home soil after two phenomenal careers. The entire Sri Lankan team is doing a lap of honour round the park but all eyes are on the two of them.

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The Ali Cousin Brothers: Working Class to County Cricket Class … and as British as Any Muslim can be

December 18, 2014

Scyld Berry, in The Telegraph, 4 October 2014 … where the title readsMoeen Ali reflects on his incredible journey from Birmingham tarmac to the hallowed turf of Lord’s”

It is the size of an Olympic swimming pool, only it is covered in rough tarmac. It is set in a scruffy park in south Birmingham, through which a tornado went nine years ago, but here Moeen Ali, the find of the English season, learned to play cricket. “We used to live there,” said Moeen, driving down Stoney Lane and pointing to a row of rundown terraced houses. “I don’t live far away now, in fact I never want to leave this area. I love it here.”

STONEY LANE PARK Proving ground: England spin bowler Moeen Ali sits in Stoney Lane Park, the patch of tarmac in Sparkhill, Birmingham, where he started playing cricket. Photo: Andrew Fox

 Because of the multiracial harmony? “Yes, that was very good, it was really mixed when I was growing up. That’s why I don’t have a problem when it comes to people’s origin – because I was raised to mix in and feel normal and be a straight sort of person. I feel safer living in a community like this than going to a posher area. I went to a school called Nelson Mandela primary over there from the age of three.” Read the rest of this entry ?

When Moeen Ali was the target of racial taunts from Indian Brits

December 17, 2014

The Guardian’s Sports Staff, 9 September 2014,, where the title is Moeen Ali’s family appalled by booing of England player against India”

Moeen Ali was booed during England's T20 match against India but does not want to pursue the matterThe family of Moeen Ali have called the booing of the England player at Edgbaston “disgraceful” after a complaint from a spectator resulted in police classing it as a ”non-crime hate-related incident”. An accusation of racially motivated abuse was made by a member of the crowd watching the one-off Twenty20 international between England and India but, after an investigation, the police concluded that no crime had been committed. They are unable to take further action without a complaint from Moeen, who does not want to pursue the matter.

Instead the police have recorded the episode as a “hate-related incident” and suggested they would need more evidence. The spokesman confirmed that police officers did not review TV footage. “If further action was to be taken, the victim would need to make a complaint,” a spokesman for West Midlands police told ESPNcricinfo. “While the booing was perceived by the complainant as being racially motivated, booing is not in itself a crime. Had someone been shouting an offensive term, it would be different.” Read the rest of this entry ?