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The Unique Beauty Of Cricket: Ramdin Voids Catch, Chris Gayle Celebrates With Afghanistan Victors.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access official ICC video of West Indies Denesh Ramdin saying ‘NO’ to a catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT.


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Click image for YouTube video of West Indies Chris Gayle dancing with the Afghan players after they defeated the West Indies. Classic …


I really do not think you see this level of sportsmanship in any other sport. No wonder we have the adage “it is just not cricket” to describe ‘bad behavior’ (of the Donald Trump kind).

Earlier this year, as I documented, we had British National Hero Ian Botham wiping a tear from his eye when (black) South African youngster Temba Bavuma score his maiden century in Tests — against England. Where else would you see that. A national hero shedding a tear when somebody in the other team scores a century against their country. That was brilliant.

Then Denesh Ramdin indicating that it was NOT a fair catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT. There are NO REVIEWS in T20. It would have been a done deal. Even if they saw it on replays after nothing would have been said or done. It was all legit. But Ramdin voided the catch. Yes, we have seen West Indies players not say anything in other ‘questionable catch’ situations — but this was nice. Yes, I know that the outcome of this match did not matter. The West Indies had already qualified for the Semi Finals. But it was grand. Made my day.

And then to have Chris Gayle helping the victorious Afghan players celebrate. Meant a LOT to them and you could tell that. Here was a cricket superstar, from the opposition, sharing their joy. Yes, Chris Gayle did NOT play in the match — and as I just said the outcome of this match did not matter. But it was another lovely gesture. And even greater … The commentators (echoing the views of the fans) applauded. Nobody misinterpreted it as Chris Gayle not being loyal to his team. We all knew that this WAS CRICKET.


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2016 “Battle of the Raj” India v England Final In ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20?

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As draws for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 goes ‘India v England‘ probably is as good as it gets now that Pakistan (or for that matter Sri Lanka) did not qualify for the Semi-Finals.

‘India v West Indies‘ would have been popular BUT that will now be the Thursday, March 31, 2016 Semi-Final (i.e., semi #2). Unless Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels or Darren Sammy (among others) produces an absolute stunner, a 180+ strike rate 70+, India, playing at home, could/should pull off a win. They did well against Australia.

New Zealand have been unbeaten BUT upsets are easy in T20.

India v. England will elicit lots of pent up emotions. That would be a cracking final. I think India will win — though my record of predicting T20s is not great since luck rather than form plays such a HUGE role (and there are REVIEWS to overturn really bad umpiring decisions).

Can’t wait. Has been a good tournament.


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West Indies Test Series v. England (2015) & The Parallel Indian IPL.

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Click to access original, at ESPN CricInfo, by Tony Cozier.

I am, these days, spoilt for choice when it comes to cricket! I watch the Indian IPL on ESPN Cricket 2015 while having my late lunch and then watch the WI v. England Test on Willow on Sling TV — this abundance of cricket made possible, for I, thanks to the irreproachable Roku 3. To begin with, mainly because I had NOT given it any thought, I did not put 2 & 2 together that some qualified West Indies players MIGHt not be around because they were playing in the IPL. Then it began to slowly dawn on me — and with that get me kind of slightly riled.

I never thought the day would come when I would ever say this, because I do like him and he has given me (for a man) much pleasure. But, Chris Gayle being in India does not bother me a jot. I am done and over with Chris. Yes, of course, I enjoyed his 215 in the World Cup — but it was kind of bogus because he was out. Chris is history. Not so with Sunil Narine and maybe even Dwayne Bravo. They, if they were needed, should be playing for the WI in the Test, not poncing about in India in their colored pyjamas. [Well you do know, that deep down, when push comes to shove, I am, per my vintage, a cricket purist. Men in white playing with a red ball, deep down, is more gratifying than players scurrying around in colored garb.]

Shame. Of course I remember the genesis of all of this with Kerry Packer in the 1970s. I was very wrapped up in that. Yes, yes, yes. I understand. Money. But it still makes me sad.

But this has crystallized something that came to mind during the World Cup. The West Indies as a CRICKET TEAM should be history. An anachronism. There is no country called the West Indies. So there should be NO cricket team. More on that on a later post.


I Watched ‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S., On My TV, Last Night Using Skybox TV. It Was GREAT!

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The Skybox TV next to the DirecTV Genie. It is pretty small. The tall box directly below that is the DirecTV Wi-Fi ‘modem’ and next to that is my 2nd DVD/VCR player. On the shelf above is a Philips DVD player/Sound Bar. The 47″ Philips TV is above all of this.


It was GREAT! It made my day.

To be able to see all my West Indian and Indian ‘buddies’ in action again, FULL-SCREEN on my 47″ TV, in near HD quality, with none of the jerkiness associated with streaming video.

This was a delight. I was so happy.

The picture quality is sure better than what I was getting with DISH.

So it is indeed possible to get ‘TEN Cricket‘ on your TV independent of ESPN 3. That is real good news for us in the U.S.

I was using the Skybox TV device kindly provided to me by ZEE TV USA.

It is a little box that connects to your TV using HDMI and gets its content over the Internet using Wi-Fi. It is extremely easy to setup. Just two cables: power and HDMI. Then just type in your Wi-Fi network password. Bingo. Bob is your uncle. I am currently getting about 25 International channels — one of them TEN Cricket.

I can’t rhapsodize enough about the quality. I am always skeptical about video quality with streaming. The quality with SkyBox TV is beyond acceptable. As good, if not better, that what I got with DISH. No ghosting. No delay. No jitter. Just like broadcast TV.

I got to watch the 60 minute highlight package of the 2nd West Indies Tri-Nation Series played on June 30, 2013 between the West Indies and India. It was a good, tense match with some great hitting and some good wickets.

Johnson Charles played an innings of a lifetime. At the start he made Chris Gayle look pedestrian. His first 20 runs were all in boundaries. In the end he hit four sixes and eight fours. Though he perished, unnecessarily at 97, it was an innings of a lifetime. Reminded me of Collis Kings, unforgettable 86 (off 149) at the 1979 World Cup Final with Viv. I was THERE. I still remember the electricity of that innings and most of all Viv applauding Collis when he was finally out. Viv made a century but it was Collis’ that won the match. Johnson Charles’ innings was as worthy as that — and yes the West Indies won by 1 wicket with 2.2 overs to spare. Chris Gayle disappointed again. Of course I love Chris when he is firing on all cylinders, but as I have said before I have major doubts about his technique. And yet again in this match it was his technical ineptitude that let him down. That is why Dhoni has an average over 50 and Gayle has an average below 40. Ditto for Pollard and Samuels and possibly even Sammy. But it was a real fun match. So glad I got to watch it. 

I will write more about this Skybox TV as I spend more time with it.

Right now, I am so happy to be able to watch TEN Cricket on my TV in the U.S.

Thank YOU ZEE TV USA.

Tri-Nation Series: ESPN CricInfo Claims To Have A Free Highlights Video Of Chris Gayle (West Indies) Destroying Sri Lanka In Jamaica.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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With ESPN, as we are all beginning to appreciate, to our loss, there is ‘theory’ and then there is ‘practice’ — with no apparent connection between the two. This morning’s (i.e., June 29, 2013) CricInfo video page claims that there is a free ‘Highlights: West Indies defeats Sri Lanka comfortably led by Chris Gayle’s brilliant century and a four-wicket haul by Sunil Narine (03:54) | Jun 29, 2013’. Well I clicked on it till I was blue in the face and that takes some doing given my tan — even during this rainy, gloomy June in New England (thanks to my tanning lights).

Nothing. The video shows as 0:00/0:00. That means it hasn’t been uploaded. It is very frustrating. The ICC should be deprived of their collective balls for giving these TV rights to bloody ESPN.

I like watching Chris Gayle and over the last 6 months (using my 80 hour recorded cache from TEN cricket) I had watched a lot of Chris Gayle. He is something else. I was lucky enough to have seen the likes of Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Collis King. [Yes, I was there and saw his 86 at the 1979 World Cup, my abiding memory being Viv applauding him, with genuine appreciation, when we was finally out).

None of them had the physical dimensions and strength of Chris, never mind that railway sleeper that he uses as a bat. I often wonder how Viv and Gordon would have fared if they also had modern, super-heavy bats — they, in their time, resorting to the latest and greatest of that era such as the scoop bat and the Jumbo. Chris’ technique, however, always amuses me. His technique at times is worse than mine, and like him I too could hit the ball, a very long way, if it was just right — it was all the other balls that were my undoing, as is the case with Chris. Interesting that he is allowed to get away with it. But, when he clicks he sure does click.

While waiting for ESPN to load the video you may want to check out the photo gallery. There are some good pictures. This picture cracked me up:

And here here is one of Gayle.