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2019 Cricket World Cup: West Indies, Again, Prove That Fast, Short-Pitched Bowling Gets Wickets (& Is EXCITING).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Now those are what I call decent bowling figures.


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Wow, the West Indies showed GLIMPSES of their fast bowling legacy from the 1970s. It was FUN.

I like aggressive, short-pitched bowling. I grew up in that era — and it was also before the DREADED helmets.

Fast, well-directed, short-pitched bowling works, despite the helmets. Pakistan was all at sea, and that should not have been. It was not pretty.

That the WHOLE game lasted less than 50 overs is a crime. Folks paid good money to see the game. But, they got to see some good cricket.

Yesterday, I criticized South Africa’s Ngidi & Rabada for NOT being able to bowl effective short-pitched, throat balls. They bowled like girls. The West Indians showed how it should be done.


I was genuinely excited when I saw that Nicholas Pooran was in the side. I had seen him before and he is quite the talent. This boy can bat.

After a streaky start he showed what he is capable of. Wow. Hope we get to see some even longer innings from him.

Though it was too short for my liking, it was a good match. I enjoyed it. Felt sorry for poor Safraz. His side was totally out-gunner.


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

by Anura Guruge


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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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Another Cricket World Cup Is Upon Us: Rejoice, Enjoy, Celebrate — May 30 to July 14, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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48 Matches, in total, May 30 to July 14 (Final).

Essentially a match day.

GOOD TV (Roku) coverage in the U.S. with Willow TV.

[Do NOT bother with Hotstar unless you are Indian or have a low IQ.]

I plan to watch the highlights of all 48-matches on Willow TV.

I was there at the 1979 & 1983 FINALS at Lord’s.

Watched 2015, 2011 & 2007 on TV.

So let’s get ready.

Today is the DAY.

Enjoy.

Cheers.


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

by Anura Guruge


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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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Hotstar Coverage Of Cricket World Cup Is TOTAL GARBAGE — Willow TV Is 1,000% Better.

by Anura Guruge


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Hotstar has NO IDEA
about covering cricket.

Do not even TRY to watch the World Cup on it
unless you are Indian or are Intellectually challenged.


For a start they BROADCAST the final scores all over the place! So, before you get to watch a match — or highlights — you know the results. What is FUN?

Hotstar is a social media company. NOT equipped to cover cricket.

I have said this before, I will say it AGAIN.

Do not part with ANY money to Hotstar for the World Cup. It will be a rip-off.

The World Cup is available, in the U.S., on Willow TV. Now that is a proper and dedicated cricket company.

Go with Willow. Give Hotstar the finger.

Oh, and Hotstar is crooked, duplicitous and dishonest.


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Amazon Offering $25 Gift Card For Doing A 3D-Scan Of Your Body.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the ‘Mashable’ post from yesterday.


$25 for a 3D scan of my body?

I think I am offended. I would have been happier if Amazon didn’t offer ANYTHING other than a cup or tea and a candy (like when you give blood).

As a committed and long-term AMZN investor I should, really, applaud Amazon’s apparent frugality. But, this makes Amazon look cheap and tawdry.

I thought about it. I realized that they wouldn’t have 3D scanning facility all over the place. And I was right on that. Just in New York City. Well I doubt whether I will track all the way down to NYC for this. But, if I were in NYC …

Does appear, alas, that it is very much a one-way deal, in the direction of Amazon.

I don’t think they give you access to your scan. I gather they (like Trump) makes you sign a NDA.

But, here is something that crossed my mind. Wouldn’t it be nice if they told you if they saw something untoward inside you. I guess they don’t. That would complicate matters too much.

Just wanted to share this with you.


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Cricket World Cup 2019, In The U.S., Is Available On ‘Willow TV’ On ‘Sling’.

by Anura Guruge



So far, So good.

Actually BRILLIANT.


The first World Cup 2019 Warm-Up game, between South Africa and Sri Lanka, was definitely shown on Willow TV/Sling.

I watched it. Both the 7+ hour ball-by-ball (albeit but for 35 minutes) and the 1-hour highlights. They were BOTH in the polished, professional format that we have come to expect and love from Willow TV.

I checked the schedule. All the other matches are still listed.

Warm up game 2 is also there, I didn’t have time to even click it open. Sorry.

If there was going to be a problem we probably wouldn’t have got this 1st match.

So, I am delighted.

Having to watch the World Cup on the idiotic Hotstar would have been PAINFUL. So, glad I have been spared that misery.


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