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

by Anura Guruge


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



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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by Anura Guruge

Explosion On Jupiter Last Night.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Click to read about it … at ‘Astronomy Now.



I got an e-mail alert this morning, so I thought I will share the news with you because this is probably not something most of you follow, or possibly even care about.

It was most likely a small asteroid hitting the Jovian ‘surface’ (which is mainly gaseous). Happens quite often given that Jupiter, due to its enormous mass, attracts objects passing by at quite a distance. But for it to be seen from Earth it has to been quite big and spectacular. If we had an equivalent asteroid impact on Earth (less likely because Earth’s gravitational pull is nowhere close to that of Jupiter) we would definitely know about it (and I am understating that).

Having messed about with Dwarf Planets I now dabble in asteroids in my spare time (usually during my 3rd shift, 10:45 pm to 12:30 am, which seems appropriate).