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Something Is Wrong With South Africa Captain Hashim Amla.

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amlafgdsgdMark my word, something is wrong with Hashim Amla — the captain of the woefully struggling South African’s in India.

I think he has among OTHER things an eyesight problem! In the First Day of the 4th Test against India, in Delhi, he dropped 3 slip catches. Amla dropping catches! I bet prior to that he probably hadn’t dropped three catches in a calendar year. Not right.

He is also getting out CHEAPLY. This used to be, just recently, the World’s #1 Batsman! Something is not right.

In the 3rd Test Match I noticed a MARKED bruise under his right eye. Did he get hit by a ball. That could have done some damage.

I like Amla. What is there not to like. Great cricketer and seems like an all-round nice guy.

BUT HE IS NOT A GOOD CAPTAIN.

His handling of Imran Tahir in the 3rd Test Match showed that — graphically. Not his fault. Being a cricket captain is not something you can be taught. You either have it in you or you don’t. Amla doesn’t. That is fine. Let him go back to being the World’s best opening bat.

He has made a LOT of bad decisions. Another is the omission of Quinton de Kock. Jesus wept. Quinton is class. The new openers. Quinton is better than all of them put together. Plus he is a better wicketkeeper than the one that is struggling like crazy.

And they have AB de Villiers, the ex-captain, in the team. This rotation of captains is silly. Yes, it is a very taxing job BUT if you are good at it, like AB was (and he is good at everything he does) let him have it for life.

So just a heads up. Mark my word. Remember this post.

No, with Hashim Amla, I don’t think there is any match fixing. WOW.


South Africa Batting Line-up Against India Screwed Up, AB de Villiers Must Bat Higher.

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AB_de_Villiers_glove_(cropped)Talk about an abundance of riches. The South African batting line is ‘crazy’ in not a GREAT way. Quinton de Kock, Amla, du Plessis, AB, Duminy (who has blossomed in the last 12 months), Behardien and Miller! What a nice problem to have.

Abraham Benjamin “AB” de Villiers at #4 is a waste — and he knows that. Yes, of course, I know that he is wicket-keeping as well, BUT I think he is plenty fit. He should open with de Kock — who I think is THE most EXCITING young cricketer on the scene at the moment! I have seen a lot of him and there is a lot to like. Very pleasing on the eye.

AB coming in at #4 does NOT give him enough overs. That is the issue. AB #3 and du Plessis #4.


Watching With Growing Delight The Zimbabwe Cricket Team Playing ODIs Against Pakistan.

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Hamilton Masakadza in full flow -- like a budding West Indian.

Hamilton Masakadza in full flow — like a budding West Indian.

I have been watching cricket again, more or less daily, for 40 to 90 minutes a day, since February 2011 — first on DISH with their ‘Cricket Pack‘ and since June with the SkyBox TVTEN Cricket‘ option.

During ‘all’ that time, until last week, I had never bothered to watch Zimbabwe or Bangladesh! Since I rarely, if ever, watch live broadcasts of cricket, I can pick and choose what matches I am going to watch. Yes, I am when it comes to cricket a traditionalists and SNOB. I didn’t expect to see cricket worthy of MY time from Zimbabwe and definitely not from Bangladesh — so I just overlooked matches involving them.

Starting last week on TEN there has been a surfeit of Zimbabwe cricket given that Pakistan is on tour. I do like watching the Pakis. They have some outstanding players that I am very fond of: Mohammad HafeezShahid AfridiMisbah-ul-HaqNasir Jamshed (when he is playing well), 9′ 6″ Mohammad Ifran, Saeed Ajmal, the entire ‘Akmal’ clan etc. So, I decided to watch the ODIs mainly to see the Pakis. But, I was in for a surprise. Zimbabwe has some ‘interesting’ (if not outright ‘decent’) players. They have amused me. That they can’t catch to save their lives cracks me up. Yes, I have seen a few outstanding catches, but they drop about 16 for every one they manage to hold onto. Something else that amuses me no end: such a huge, palpable difference in attitude and competence between the white and black players. It is a riot. But, it is all fun.

I have already become a fan of Masakadza and Sibanda. They really can bat — and they look like West Indians when they are in full flow. Echoing the West Indies all the quickies in the Zimbabwe team are black — and most of them are pretty good. So, I have been having a ball watching them. Their dropped catches and relatively below-par fielding reminds me how bad I used to be. So I can empathize. But, I definitely endorse watching these ex-Rhodesians. Maybe one of these days I will sneak in a Bangladesh game.

P.S., These Zimbabweans have LOVELY, catchy names: Tinashe PanyangaraElton ChigumburaProsper UtseyaTimycen Maruma etc. etc.