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Some Unbelievable, And Yes ‘Spectacular’ Catches From The IPL — A Sling Compilation.

by Anura Guruge

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This video is worth watching even if you don’t follow cricket.

The catches are just amazing.

How the level and quality of fielding has improved in cricket, quite literally in leaps and bounds, over the last 20 years has been a revelation to I. I used to think — and comment — that the degree of athleticism in baseball (putting aside their need for girlish gloves to catch a ball) was much higher than in cricket. NOT ANY MORE. These catches are as good as anything you would see in a baseball park and many of them by fielders sans gloves.

I have cricket on SLING and have had so for years and years. So, I could have watched all or some of the IPL. But I don’t! I watch the opening ceremony or ceremonies and that is it. I just don’t know. The IPL matches leave me cold. I guess it is the razzmatazz. I watch T20s and ODIs — but not the IPL.

Anywho …

Watch this video.

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by Anura Guruge

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

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.260px-Zimbabwe_Cricket_(logo).svg

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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.