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South Africa Deserved To Be Creamed By India In The 1st Test; Their 2 Fast Bowlers Lack Any Venom.

by Anura Guruge


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Rabada & Philander hardly bowled a single venomous bouncer between them in their combined 46-overs. It was pathetic. Rohit Sharma can be susceptible to good bouncers early on. He is a compulsive hooker and puller. So, what did these two clowns do, they just kept on giving him good-length balls.

You are allowed one bouncer per over and it is worth the no-ball to stick another in.

My buddies Andy Roberts and Malcolm Marshall would have been peppering the Indians.

What has happened to cricket? Bloody helmets.

Bouncers are going out of fashion. We saw it in the World Cup and even in the Ashes. Yes, see what happened to Steve Smith. One good bouncer. That is all it takes.

But, how many bouncers did we see. NOT MANY.

Yes, I came of edge, with the West Indies 1976 — 1980s. Bouncers were the stock in trade.

South Africa would have done so much better if they peppered the Indian batsman with at least one bouncer an over.

I am very fond of the South Africans. But, they are driving me to distraction.

They have to reexamine their game and attitude towards it.


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Should I — Could I — Be Mad At West Indian Carlos Brathwaite For The Rush Of Blood To His Head?

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He, Carlos Brathwaite, with his quite brilliant & incredible maiden ODI century had got the asking rate down to BELOW a run-per-ball. They only had one (damn) wicket left.

They had a 7 balls in which to get 6 runs.

Oh, NO!

Carlos goes for the glory shot.

How stupid.

The private school in London I attended, 1969 to 1971, Mill Hill had an astute slang term for such behavior: Munda Logic (literally African logic).

This was classic Munda Logic. He can’t help it. He is programmed as such.

Now, I can empathize, though I as a cricketer was a true midget compared to Carlos’ occasional bouts of being an outworldly giant. Yes, I have swung the bat way too many times when I did not have too. But, I was never playing in the World Cup or in a match that we had to win.

This was so, so, so unnecessary and he knew it AFTER he did it. That is Munda logic. It never occurred to him beforehand.

Well, it would appear that my two favorite teams, South Africa and the West Indies are out of this World Cup.

C’est la vie. Both teams played liked pillocks. I am ashamed on both.

Good world cup. Good matches and more to come.

But, Brathwaite … WHY?

He will have nightmares for weeks to come. And he should.



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Vivo IPL 2019 — First 4-Matches Have Been Scintillating.

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I have been watching Vivo IPL 2019 on ‘Hotstar‘ on my Roku.

Watching ANY cricket on ‘Hotstar’ is extremely depressing & frustrating because they show the results in the program description! They can’t help it. ‘Hotstar’ is the most unprofessional and dishonest company in the known Universe.

They also have decided that 23-minutes is the optimum length for a highlights package. Oh, they are not too smart either. Just smart when it comes to dishonesty.

The cricket has been outstanding. Hotstar spoils it.

I have just learnt that the 2019 World Cup will be on Hotstar. Jesus wept. They will totally screw it up.


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Sir Viv Richards, ‘The Master Blaster’ Turned 65 Today. Happy Birthday, Viv. Thanks For All The Joy.

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What a MAN!

Because of Viv, I still remember that glorious, Sun-soaked Summer of 1976.

I was at Lord’s for the 1979 World Cup and saw him bat
with Collis King.

Saw him, live, quite a bit in Somerset, Hampshire and at Lord’s.

Happy Birthday Viv.


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‘ONE World Sports’ (on Sling/Roku) Totally Screwed Up England v. Sri Lanka 2nd Test Highlights.

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It is frigging amazing how much disservice we get on Roku/Sling when it comes to cricket.

Willow managed to ruin the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 with their inability to show the correct matches.

And now ‘One World Sports’ has caught the bug.

2nd Test Day 2 highlights were not broadcast on Saturday night — in the allocated 10pm slot!

On Sunday, in the 10pm slot allocated for Day 3 highlights, they showed Day 2! Actually they showed Day 2 highlights — TWICE, back-to-back, 9pm and 10pm!

Couldn’t even see Day 3 highlights Monday morning. Yet again they are showing Day 2 when the Program Guide says Day 3.

Idiots. 


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MY West Indies, ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20, Champions 2016!

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I watched the entire game, every single ball, LIVE. I got out of bed at 9am (crack of dawn for me) to make sure that I was downstairs, in front of my 47″ HDTV screen, ready for the match.

It was one heck of a game. Towards the end, it was so good, I really didn’t care who won.

But you have to admit that the 51% to 49% in favor of West Indies that I predicted two days ago truly reflected the outcome and the match.

Do I regret my scathing comments on Marlon Samuels. Not really. He did OK. But that is what he is payed to do. Let’s not forget that. HE did NOT win the match. Carlos Brathwaite WON the match. 19 off the last over (a T20 final record) would have been beyond Marlon’s reach or for that matter most of the others in the team. So do NOT tell me that Samuels got the Windies to victory. His innings was scratchy. Yes, he held it together but he didn’t score fast enough.

In many ways it was a FLUKE victory. Four 6s in a row. That was a lot to ask for.

But in the end I am delighted. Happy for the likes of Carlos. Made my day. Glad I watched it live.

GRIN.



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ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20, Final, On Sunday, April 3, 2016, In Calcutta, Starts 9:30am Eastern (U.S.).

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ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20, Final: England vs. West Indies — Who Will Make Who Grovel?

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I only had it 50% right. I said back on Monday, March 28, 2016, way ahead of the Semi Finals that it would most likely be India vs. England.

That India lost at home, by 7 wickets — albeit with just 2 balls to spare is pretty hard to fathom, even now. Lendl Simmons, Johnson Charles & Andre Russell batted as if possessed. That was quite the performance.

In the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s a West Indies vs. England final would be a foregone conclusion before it started — the West Indies were bound to win.

Not so anymore especially with this ‘squad’. On paper, head-to-head, the Windies have way more experience, in the likes of Gayle, Bravo, Sammy, Ramdin, and some explosive firepower (as the Indians saw). But this squad is also famous for crumpling and ‘going-to-pieces’ under pressure. I also worry that the amazing, unexpected WIN against India sapped too much emotional energy out of them. Basically that they will be spent.

England, in the likes of Joe Root, Jos Butler, Ben Stokes, does have some amazing capability. And unlike the West Indies their temperament is more consistent and sound.

Only takes one GREAT innings in T20 to take a match away from the competition. Gayle or Stokes could play that.

I just hope that the West Indies do NOT play  Marlon ‘Girlie-Boy‘ Samuels. He is a waste of a berth on the squad. Play (poor) Jason Holder. A 25% fit Holder is likely to be better than the mentally scarred Samuels. Do NOT get me wrong. I used to adore Marlon. It is just that he no longer can play cricket!

Not sure we can expect another blinder from Lendl Simmons again. That was an innings of a lifetime.

On edge I am favoring the West Indies 51% to 49%.


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West Indies & Lendl Simmons (You Beauties) — I Salute You. ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20 Finalist.

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WOW. WOW. WOW.

What a match. After another amazing innings by Virat ‘Midas’ Kohli and 192 on the board I thought that India had it sealed and that my prediction, even from this morning, of the ‘Battle of the Raj‘, India v. England, was going to the Final of the ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20.

When Gayle went for 5, after 6 balls, I was convinced the Windies were screwed. Then Marlon ‘Bloody’ Samuels, yet again, played like girl having her first period and wracked by cramps.

I have always LIKED Lendl Simmons BUT had forgotten about him. He hadn’t played in any of the previous matches. I thought we was on the field as a sub. And he dropped a catch. But Lendl CAN BAT — as he demonstrated.

And Johnson Charles and Andre Russell. They didn’t even need Bravo or Sammy. AMAZING.

I did say, on Monday, that for the West Indies to beat India, at home, somebody would have to score 70+ of 180+. Lendl Simmons came close; 82 at 161 S/R. Andre Russell batted at 215 S/R.

Now the BIG question … did the Windies play their ONE BIG innings of the tournament. Will they have any gas in the tank for the Final on April 3? 

It will be fascinating.

Thank YOU the West Indies. Sorry for the all the BAD things I have said about you in the last year. SMILE.


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England Victorious Over New Zealand — Take A Bow — ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20.

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Well a “Battle of the Raj”,  ‘India v England‘, ICC World Twenty20 final can still be on the cards (and I have NOT looked at the outcome of the India v. West Indies Semi-Final #2.)

That was quite the upset. New Zealand had been unbeaten and had pulled off some amazing wins. 

England was impressive. Once they dismissed the Black Caps for that low score I knew they had a very good chance of winning and they got off to a very good start. So it was not a gripping run-chase. My the time the Power Play was done you knew that New Zealand were screwed.


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