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2019 Cricket World Cup: I Said It Last Week, Will Say It Again, Hashim Amla Is STRUGGLING.

by Anura Guruge



DO NOT get me wrong. I THINK THE WORLD OF Amla. One of the GREATEST cricketers ever.

But, that was then, and this is now and we are in the midst of a World Cup.

He is at sea against pace. His reaction time is shot. I understand. My reaction time, in cricket, always was what Amla’s is now.

Hate to see him struggling. You can see it in his eyes. The twinkle has gone.

DROP HIM.

But, South Africa, after losing 3-games out of 3, is unlikely to get very far in the Cup. So, maybe keep him on. Let this be his swan song. South Africa, I think, are done.


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2019 Cricket World Cup: Appears South Africa Is Going To Torture Me — Has Amla Become A Liability?

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South Africa got a wicket with the 2nd ball of the game, and then they go onto LOSE by 104-runs. Didn’t even make it to the 40-over mark.

Wasn’t their finest ‘hour’.

I hate to say this, BUT I just don’t get them.

Ngidi & Rabada bowl like GIRLS. They are not good enough to bowl throat balls. They disappointed I.

de Kock was GREAT but got out, as he often does, unnecessarily. Shame. If he hung around they might have had a chance.

DEAR, poor Amla worries me. I THINK THE WORLD OF HIM. But, he is struggling and I hate to see that. I think he has got too old to handle genuine Jofra Archer ilk speed, i.e., 90 mph. I think he is having eyesight issues again. Yes, he did well the warm-up game, but they should DROP HIM.

But, still a long way to go. But, it was NOT a good start.

England was bloody impressive. Clinical.


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Cricket World Cup 2019: Who Do I Think/Hope Will Win It.

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As with so many decisions in my life, I have two choices — one based on what I think (i.e., what my heads says) and the other being what I want (i.e., going with the heart).

Despite their poor performance in the warm-up game against Australia (on Saturday), I, like most of the professional pundits, think that England can pull this off. Nothing wrong with that. As a proud Brit I will, of course, rejoice. But, I don’t have an empathy with any of the current English players. They just seems so robotic.

On the other hand, I genuinely like quite a few of the South Africans. I have really got to admire and enjoy the South Africans over the last few years. They have usurped the West Indies, a team I ardently supported for over 40-years, as the team I look forward to watching and rooting for.

What I like most is their genuine, fondness for each other — irrespective of color or religion (given that they have white & black, Christians and Muslims). That team exemplifies what Nelson Mandela wanted for all of South Africa. I think part of my fondness for them is my devotion to Nelson Mandela. Supporting this South African team is like paying homage to Nelson. That appeals to me. Plus, some really exciting cricketers: Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada … They all remind me of the West Indians that I should to adore.

Well, the 2019 World Cup hasn’t even started yet. So, a long way to go. But, it should be fun — especially with U.S. coverage available with Willow TV.


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South African Quinton de Kock’s 168* Against Bangladesh In The 1st ODI Was Brilliant. Scintillating.

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I have been publicly raving about young Quinton de Kock for over 2-years now. From the first time I saw him, in an ODI, I recognized at once, that he was a rare talent — and it did not require any genius on my part to do so. This ‘boy’ exudes class, confidence and competence. He can bat and his wicket-keeping is pretty special too. South Africa is very lucky to have him.

His innings, with my other perennial South African favorite, Hashim Amla, was amazing. They both paced themselves so well. Quinton, one way or another, got most of the strike, 145 balls to Hashim’s 112. I don’t think Hashim minds. Now that he is getting older I get the feeling he is quite content to accumulate runs, slowly, and keep his end up.

Before we even got to the halfway mark of the South African innings I kind of felt that this was going to be a 10-wicket victory — as it was. But, they did drop Quinton, on the boundary, right at the end when they only needed like 6 more runs. That would have been sad. But, luck prevailed.


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Where Does South Africa Find Batting Talent Such As Aiden Markram?

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From ‘cricinfo.com’ at espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/600498.html. Click to ENLARGE and study here.



This might be sacrilegious to say so,
BUT he reminds me of Barry Richards!

Barry Richards, in his glory.


I saw him for the first time today, opening for South Africa in the Test match against Bangladesh. Wow. He oozes class! Not even 23-years old.

A few years ago it was Quinton de Kock. He is now one of my FAVORITE cricketers. Now  Aiden Markram.

South Africa is blessed. Hashim AmlaAB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy … and that is without mentioning the likes of David Miller. These guys can bat — bat seriously. What a batting unit.

As with Quinton de Kock, mark my word. Aiden Markram is going places.

P.S., I knew Barry Richards. Saw a LOT of him, playing for Hampshire between 1975 – 1979. I was a Hants. Cricket Club member during that time, and lucky enough to have Barry and Gordon Greenidge open for Hampshire.


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Hats Off To England & New Zealand For Their ‘Out Of Their Skins’ Performances At #ICCWT20.

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Wow. Wow. Wow.

I watched the highlights of both  ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20, games — Australia v. New Zealand & England v. South Africa — back to back, from India, last night.

I was amazed. Exceptional cricket. I was also wrong as to the outcome in each instance.

I was sure that New Zealand were at least 40 short of what they needed. But, I was wrong. As they did with India they pulled off a brilliant win. Impressive, cohesive team. They most likely will get to the final. Possibly even walk away as the Champs. Well done.

As for England, I am humbled. In awe. I was sure that they wouldn’t get within 60 runs of the target. Boy was I wrong. What a run chase. Who knew that current teams could chase such large totals.

Yet AGAIN South African CAPTAINCY was poor! Just do not understand what they are thinking. This time it was Faf du Plessis. He should have brought in Imran Tahir during the Power Play to TRY and stem the tide. He didn’t. He persevered with pace. You had to take pace off the ball. I think that is what cost them the match. Poor captaincy. Don’t get it. Very clever and talented bunch. Feel real bad for my favorites Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock (who I have raved about for 12 months). Great innings for nought. AB de Villiers, per his standards, played a poor innings. C’est la vie. That match alone could have cost them the Championship!


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Sorry But Also Glad That Hashim Amla Handed Over South African Captaincy To A.B. De Villiers.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wikipedia at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashim_Amla. I had NO idea that he was Indian and a Muslim. I had assumed he was a Afrikaner!


I have watched all three South Africa v. England 2015 – 2016 Test Matches with great interest — and like Ian Botham was moved to tears when Temba Bavuma scored his maiden Test century. During the 2rd Test I heard AB being mentioned a few times as the Captain. I thought that the commentators, not always sober, had just got it wrong. I try not to read cricket news BECAUSE I do not want to know the scores and results before I get a chance to watch the matches on Willow Cricket via Sling.

I have always liked Hashim Amla. Great cricket, wonderful personality, a good man. I had no idea he was a muslim and had issues as a result. During the Indian series I thought there was something wrong with him. Appears it was the burden of captaincy. I also had NO idea that AB had never been SA Test captain prior to this. I thought Amla took over from him.

Appears that everybody is happy. That is good. I am still in shock at the way SA collapsed during the 2nd innings of the 3rd Test. Do not expect that from SA.


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Why Cricket Is Such A Beautiful Game: British Legend Botham Tears Up When South African Bavuma Scores Maiden Century.

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I caught it, i.e., Beefy Botham, all dressed up, wiping tears from his eyes, when 25-year old, ‘little’ (he is 5′ 6″, if that) Temba Bavuma, in his 7th Test Match, scored his maiden Test century. It was quite the innings — even after the superlative Master Class 201 by (vastly recovered) South African captain Hashim Amla and three impressive knocks by AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis & Chris Morris (in his 1st Test). It brought tears to my eyes, though I wasn’t that familiar with Bavuma until this gusty, match-saving innings.

But to see Ian, the Godfather of British cricket, tearing up when a South African steals the Test away from England is what makes cricket SO SPECIAL, SO UNIQUE and SO BEAUTIFUL.

Thank YOU, Ian. I have always liked YOU, through thick and thin. This spontaneous gesture elevates your glorious status, as a GIANT among men, even further.

This was SPECIAL.

Until I just read it I did NOT realize that Bavuma’s hundred was the 1st Test Century by a Black South African. That is special. Nelson would have been so proud. Wonder what Barry Richard’s thought.


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From the British ‘Daily Telegraph’. Temba Bavuma celebrating his Maiden Test hundred. ENJOY.


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