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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.


Why Do Sportsmen Wear Watches When They Are In The Middle Playing — Nadal And His U.S. $690,000 The Grossest Example.

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Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, ‘Boom-Boom’, Making the sign of the ‘T’ — requesting a TV replay.

They were talking about Nadal’s latest $690,000 (Rolex-built) watch this morning on CNBC and it got me on one of my pet peeves.

I do not understand why sportsmen (and for that matter sports women) feel that they need to wear a watch WHEN they are in the middle PLAYING?

Have no problem whatsoever about them wearing watches or whatever when they are not playing. Hey, I like watches and tend to wear by 25 year old Rolex quite a bit.

But, why does Nadal need a watch when he is on court. The courts that he plays on have plenty of watches and digital scoreboards. Look up or sideways and he has all the timing data he needs.

Amazes me even more when I see International cricketers, while fielding, wearing big clunky watches. I think it makes them look stupid!

All International cricket venues have plenty of readily visible clocks. That is part and parcel of the game. We need to know when lunch is … we need to know when it will be tea. So cricket grounds have clocks. They are sighted so that they can be easily seen.

A player in the middle will always have ready access to one or more clocks. IF they can’t see ‘the clock’ they should not be out there — because they must be blind as a bat!

So, I don’t get it. Seems like a puerile affectation.