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All my condolences to Wasim  and Huma Akram’s family and friends.

 

And threw him out like a piece of chewed up gum. Exactly the way it should be.

Shane Watson deserves no better anyway.

I want the whole world to realize the worthlessness of Shane Watson.

Harbhajan did his crazy best but India were never in it. The fact that they got 4 runs close is a pointer to how he played. And Kumar. Not to forget Praveen.  Some of the shots were pure class. And the others were pure slaps. It all came so good for those 8 odd overs.

Why did Lee not bowl?

Is he injured or was Ponting preserving him already?

Or maybe it’s the over rates again and Watson goes through his overs faster. Nagpur anyone?

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I had no idea about some of these. The first one is just hilarious.

Sehwag, Dilshan, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Dirk

I rest my case.

Add to that the T&T spin trio and Amit Mishra, Darren Ganga, Gambhir, Owais Shah and Darren Bravo, and two good hitters in the Dinesh and Denesh. See, even the keepers are almost identical, in name and style.

I don’t know about everyone, but I think these are the two most exciting teams of the tournament.

If Delhi can just continue on the momentum they have built up since they lost to Victoria, we might well be on that course. Now that Victoria have lost to the Cobras, it has become even tougher for Delhi, and they’ll need to win against Bangalore today and against the Cobras, and then hope the net run rate is also good enough.

We can almost be assured that T&T will go through to the semi’s so I’m glad I’d thrown my weight behind them in the first place. I cannot find words to describe Pollard yesterday. The best I heard around was “awesomesauce”, which is pretty awesomesauce in itself.

Sehwag seems to be on quite a rampage right now.

“I can’t even find a way to describe it myself” – Darren Ganga

Dear Rahul,

You did your role in Sri Lanka and South Africa, but because we feel that we don’t make enough stupid decisions, we have decided to drop you from the series against Australia. We have a point too, what if you make good runs against them? How will we justify our dropping you then?

See, we want you to play in tough conditions where the pitches are slow, chasing is impossible or the other extreme, where the bounce is enough to make some of your team-mates whine. It’s easy to drop you then, you see.

We regret to inform you that we have completely decided to ignore the fact that you top scored against Pakistan. Instead that is our crux in blaming you that you couldn’t take us across the finishing line. You should have done it, not the horde of finishers we have in the Dhoni, Raina, Yusuf and Kohli. They are all young, how will they learn. You on the other hand are not. It’s the sad truth my friend. Our selections aren’t based on performances, only on age. Except Sachin, you know, because he’s Sachin.

If its any consolation, you’ll be the first name down in the book if we tour South Africa or New Zealand circa 2002. Because like we said, we love having a reason to drop you.

With best wishes,

Kris Srikkanth and his merry band of nitwits

P.S: Just to make you feel better, we have also sacked Venki and Robin, you guys played together a lot, maybe you can talk to them?

Have the big cricket bosses messed up again?

From what I can understand, 14 teams have been split in groups of two.

And each of the 7 play each other. The top 4 from each group go on to play the knock-outs in the quarters from there on.

Now I’m all for the quarters, I loved the 96 World Cup with the most superb one-day cricket in the quarters.

Don’t kill me, but I think the World Cup 2007 format combined with the World Cup 96 would be a brilliant combination.

16 teams. Groups of 4. Top two from each group into the quarters and so on. The only slip up here is that an upset can completely take a big team out of the competition. Remember 07?

But otherwise, 31 matches and we are done. One thing they could have learnt from the Champions Trophy was this.

In the present case, the teams play 42 matches before the quarters. And if the teams play to their ranks, those 42 are going to drag like crazy.

Although it’s not hard, it’s definitely better than the 07 World Cup format. No Super Eights or shit like that.

I have other crazy formats in my mind, but one of them involves crazy triangulars to decide the semi finalists. So I’ll let all that be.

Trinidad and Tobago are my new favourite side for this Champions League.

This was their first match I saw, and that also the highlights. But man, there was some sort of manic energy about the way they played. To say they outplayed Somerset would be incorrect, it was like Somerset never managed to come on to the field at all.

T20 is about exciting cricket, and Trinidad and Tobago serve it up in huge doses. I loved the fact that they played 3 spinners. And of all differing varieties. Wonder if they are scheduled to play in Delhi in the next stage. That could be a huge boon and a curse for them. Their batsmen seem to want to beat the leather out of every ball bowled, and the Kotla doesn’t really help those who do that. Of course, their offie, leggie, and chinaman could have a ball out there.

The NSW side seems like the Blue Australians. The colours have changed, the stupid machine still works.

I desperately want Gilchrist around for the next stage, and Laxman. So they’ll have to stop a rampant T&T side tomorrow. We shall see.

By the way, didn’t Dinesh Karthik just teach Mendis a good tight lesson. I was so hoping for another Yuvraj.

Maybe another day, some other poor bowler.

One question, did Jayawardene keep wickets today?

He spins my head right round, right round. Forgive the song, it just started playing as I began this post.

He literally does. Throughout the county season in England, I knew Laxman was upto un-Laxman things in T 20 cricket. I actually got a glimpse today live.

As I talk he’s on 29 with 6 of the most T 20 shots for the boundaries. Flat bats, heaves, upper-cuts. And he just hit an ugly shot in the air. This is not Laxman we are watching is it? Let’s see how this goes, we still haven’t seen a wristy flick yet.

Ah, a normal cut for 4. Oh no, that was Symonds.

Another heave. In-between was the first Laxman flick of the day.

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