Archive for February, 2015

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Mike Marqusee in Cricketique

February 17, 2015

Mike Marqusee  

Cricket, Commerce and the Future, March 27, 2010, https://cricketique.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/cricket-commerce-and-the-future-2/ ……..This essay appeared in the Hindu Sunday Magazine in mid-March 2010. Also see http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/12/indian-   premier-league-just-not-cricket and www.mikemarqusee.com

Mike Marqusee in JodhpurMIKE relaxing in Jodhpur, India Read the rest of this entry ?

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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 http://www.mikemarqusee.com/?p=1154 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 ?

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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 ?

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India vs Pakistan at Adelaide in Images

February 16, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA the flags appear

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Kiwi Prop Forward befuddles Police at World Cup Cricket Match

February 15, 2015

 

Courtesy of Daniel Prescott and/at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-2953491/Valentines-Day-streaker-entertains-Cricket-World-Cup-fans-New-Zealand-s-easy-win-Sri-Lanka-Christchurch.html

STREAKER 2-AFP GETTY Pic from Getty

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

February 13, 2015

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

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Ian Chappell sees Australia as Strong favourite for the World Cup

February 13, 2015

Michael Roberts

“If all goes to script, this should be a home Cup win for Australia” is the headline title of an article by Ian Chappell in the Sunday Mail of Adelaide on the 8th February (unfortunately inaccessible on internet unless you fork out cash).  However, there are other reports from Chappell which are accessible but only in ways that confuse the picture he is drawing.

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I. Ian Chappell says Australia face a challenge from South Africa and New Zealand in cricket World Cup … Herald Sun, 8 February 2015

AUSTRALIA has won four World Cup trophies and a fifth is well within their grasp as they start as strong favourites in the 2015 tournamentThe biggest hurdle will be South Africa, and they stumble at shadows on reaching the knock-out stage of a World Cup.

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Sri Lanka’s “Near Allrounders” in Comparative Statistical Focus

February 13, 2015

Michael Roberts. courtesy of http://www.islandcricket.lk/

On the cusp of the World Cup’s inauguration I am venturing bold and surveying Lanka’s stock of potential allrounders in support of Matthews and Dilshan. I also have one eye on the future. The category “allrounder” is classified here in an expansive and tendentious manner to include bits-and-pieces players and those who can be injected into the upper order as pinch-hitters (for e.g. Seekkuge Prasanna now and Dilhara Lokuhettige in the past). In the present XV Thisara Perera would be classed as an allrounder, while Jeevan Mendis would be a batting allrounder; while Nuwan Kulasekera may, with some reservations, be termed a bowling allrounder. In brief, the brief I have constructed encompasses “near-allrounders” as well as those in the Matthews- Sanath Jayasuriya-Shane Watson category. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Meeting Rideegammānagedera — Benaud’s Nightmare!

February 13, 2015

 Michael Roberts

aanil r 22 Anil Rideegammānagedera runs into Benaud -richie-benaud

From time to time the TV commentators from the western world have stumbled across Sri Lankan names which simply stumped them. This scenario has varied: ranging from bemusement at the number of initials accompanying the name of Vaas to the phonetic obstacle course they have been forced to negotiate.

Yes, Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas is quite a mouthful — even when it is simply WPUJC Vaas. Vaas may have been a unique bowler, but his ‘battery’ of initials is not, as most Sri Lankans know, not unique. Thus in today’s World Cup squad of XV we have, among other,

Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera

Balapuwaduge Manukulasuriya Amith Jeevan Mendis

 Hettige Don Rumesh Lahiru Thirimanne

 Ranasinghe Arachchige Suranga Lakmal

Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara 

 Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara

Senanayake Mudiyanselage Sachithra Madhushanka Senanayake Read the rest of this entry ?