Archive for February, 2015


Mike Marqusee in Cricketique

February 17, 2015

Mike Marqusee  

Cricket, Commerce and the Future, March 27, 2010, ……..This essay appeared in the Hindu Sunday Magazine in mid-March 2010. Also see   premier-league-just-not-cricket and

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Mike Marqusee from his Grave: Reviewing the 2011 World Cup

February 17, 2015

Mike Marqusee **  originally published in The Hindu20 March 2011 and and then presented in cricketiue

At the outset of this World Cup, both the format and the event were on trial. Questions about its pre-eminence in the global game had been raised not only by the best forgotten 2007 instalment but even more by the rise of T20 and the IPL. While it’s too early to say, at the half way point the tournament seem to be answering these questions in the affirmative. At least that’s what it looks like sprawled in front of a TV screen in faraway London.

Mike Marqusee in 2009.First, it’s clear, surely, that the 50 over format has plenty of life left in it and remains a much richer, more satisfying spectacle than T20. Fifty overs allows the batsman to build an innings; indeed, it demands it. It’s not just a question of the amount of time but how to use it effectively. Changing gears – which means having more than one or two gears to change through – is an art unique to cricket batting and it plays no role in T20. What’s more, to succeed over the longer duration batters need to play strokes all around the wicket, exploiting the full 360 degrees. It might be said that whereas T20 matches are won by the field placings thwarting the batsman, 50 over matches are won by the batsman thwarting the field placings.The new wrinkle of the batting “powerplay” (I wish they had thought up a less macho name) has proved unpredictable, tactically demanding and in some cases decisive. This moveable five over stretch has expanded the room for comebacks – real comebacks from a losing position that are much more convincing than the helter-skelter swings of the pendulum of T20.

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Dhoni’s Swan Song in the Test Arena: Three Essays

February 17, 2015

Sai Prasad Mohapatra … responding to the Cricketique Editor’s request

dhoni 33I. Dhoni’s Last Test Innings

The fall of Pujara brought Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the crease. We were completely unaware of the retirement announcement to follow later in the day, Dhoni walked in while India were 5/141. Still 19 more overs to see off and Dhoni had Rahane for company. Little did Rahane his partner know that he was spending his last few minutes with his captain on the crease. Johnson continued with his bowling around the wicket, and kept all off his 53rd over run less, Dhoni played out the first over of his last Test innings a maiden. 12 deliveries later, Ashwin joined Dhoni at the crease when Rahane departed to a pull shot — leaving the team in dire strait. The fear of late order collapses pretty much hung around with Dhoni and Ashwin seemingly the last hope of survival. Read the rest of this entry ?


Too Many Captains & Serious Shortcomings ruin Lanka

February 17, 2015

Nirgunan Tiruchelvam, courtesy of Sunday Leader, 15 February 2015, where the title is “Too Many Cooks Spoil the Christchurch Soup”

Sri Lanka has broken new ground in cricket. They have introduced a novelty – captaincy by committee.  Though Angelo Mathews is the official captain, the two aiyas (elder brothers) Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene openly set the field. Lasith Malinga, the Twenty20 captain, and TM Dilshan provide their two cents worth. Lahiru Thirimanne, the official vice captain, can just as well be the twelfth man.

Today, they proved that ”too many cooks spoil the soup”. The committee made some shocking blunders. The reliance on seam bowlers was inexplicable. There was hardly any movement for the aging seamers. Jeevan Mendis’s horizontal leg-spin was under bowled, despite a fine spell. Read the rest of this entry ?


India vs Pakistan at Adelaide in Images

February 16, 2015


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Kiwi Prop Forward befuddles Police at World Cup Cricket Match

February 15, 2015


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World Cup Quiz: Who will hit the Winning Runs this time round?

February 13, 2015

dhoni hits six in2011

MS Dhoni hits a six to complete India’s victory over Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup in Mumbai

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