Archive for the ‘West Indian Cricket’ Category

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When India won the World Cup in England in 1983

March 21, 2019

October 29, 2014: 1983 Till the victory over Zimbabwe, India had looked shaky. After that, under Kapil’s leadership, they had the confidence to overthrow any team that came their way. ©Getty Images

Courtesy of http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/gallery/475151.html

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Rex in Q and A with Michael Holding …. Whispering Death

March 11, 2019

Rex Clementine

The countries that possess weapons of mass destruction are feared by all and sundry. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is the most dreaded man in the world at the moment as he is believed to be armed to the teeth with nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological weapons. So was Clive Lloyd. He ruled the cricketing world with an iron fist capable of striking at anytime. His weapons being – Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall.  “How the **** could you get back into form when you were playing Roberts, Holding, Garner day after day,” Ian Chappell once lamented during World Series Cricket.

Holding was said to be the fastest. He was nicknamed ‘the Rolls Royce of fast bowlers’ for his smooth run-up and delivery. The batsmen who were troubled by him, however, had other names. Geoff Boycott called him, ‘whispering death’.  He bowled at lightning speed but his run up, you couldn’t hear him coming. Normally a fast bowler comes up with lot of aggression, power and lot of effort, but Michael you just didn’t realize he was coming. That’s the whispering part. Death, boy, he could hurt you,” Boycott once said. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Gayle: Incredible 77 in 27

March 4, 2019

George Dobell, at ESPNcricinfo, March 2019 It’s been an honour to wear the crest’ – Chris Gayle bows out on home soil with flamboyant farewell”

It looked like a goodbye. And, as Chris Gayle reflected on his remarkable ODI series against England, it started to sound like one as well. Gayle had just rounded off his incredible series – 424 runs in four innings at a strike-rate of 134.17 with an innings of 77 in 27 balls that included the fastest half-century (19 deliveries) by a West Indies batsman in the history of this format. He hit 39 sixes from the 316 balls he faced in the series – a record in either series or tournaments of any length – meaning he hit, incredible though it sounds, every 8.10 balls he faced for six.

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Thoughts on Sri Lanka’s Recent Cricketing Defeats

February 7, 2019

Michael Roberts, 7 February 2019

Marvan Atapattu has contended that “Sri Lankan Cricket has been in a rut for the past two years” and that whereas “there have been bad times, …. we always could see a light at the end of the tunnel. But the way things are being handled and what I see now, there’s nothing like that.” [1]

Balanced thoughts? Up to a point. The fact remains that the Sri Lanka cricket administration has been a roller-coaster from 1996 to 2018; and some of the squads secured pretty good results despite this background situation – no more so than 2016 when they bested the Australians three-zip — admittedly in home terrain.

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Roach–Holder–Chase are Outstanding in Rout of England at Bridgetown

January 29, 2019

Kemar Roach = in England 1st innings of a paltry 77 runs

Jason Holder = 202 runs n.o. in massive Windies total of 415 for 6 wkts declared

Roston Chase = 8 wkts for 60 runs in England 2nd inns total of 246 runs

Roston Chase celebrates Getty Images
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Lord Superior’s Lessons for the Patriotic Excess of Armchair Critics

January 25, 2019

Michael Roberts

The SL cricket team’s collapse at Brisbane has produced severe condemnation by patriots on Facebook –patriots who clearly do not know much about cricket. Well before the match commenced it was my expectation that Australia would win by an innings because Brisbane is a bouncy pacey pitch and because the pink ball is in use over day and night.

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Surprise! Cricket Luv’ly Cricket Surprise in Bridgetown

January 25, 2019

Valkerie Baynes, ESPNcricinfo, 25 January 2019, where the title is Kemar Roach claims the day as England are left stunned by West Indies”

Stumps West Indies 127 for 6 (Dowrich 27*, Holder 7*) lead England 77 (Jennings 17, Roach 5-17) by 339 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England were entitled to stride off the Kensington Oval after less than an hour’s play on day two with their chests thrust forward and grins on their faces, a job well done. They had, after all, restricted West Indies to a total of 289 on a pitch both captains wanted to bat on first.Three and a half hours later, the entrance

Kemar Roach celebrates the dismissal of Jos Buttler Getty Images

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