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Roston Chase: For The 2nd Time In 9-Months I Doff My Hat In Total Admiration.

by Anura Guruge


Roston Chase is THE MAN!

The exciting new face & talent of
West Indian cricket.

Latest century was a beaut; a classic.

Bravo!

You, Roston, is a CHAMPION.



Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roston_Chase.


Pretty spectacular Test career — as he is played as an allrounder.

Only played in 10 Tests and he has scored 3 centuries and 3 fifties! That is 6 significant innings in 10 matches. Not bad. He has also taken 17 wickets.

He has already done the century and 5 wickets in an innings in the same Test already — in his 2nd Test.

The West Indies could have saved the 3rd Test against Pakistan. C’est la vie.

To think that he is the next Sobers is way too premature. But he is going in the right direction. Maybe the next Carl Hooper.


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A Hundred & 5 Wickets In An Innings — Twice In 9 Days & Roston Chase In His 2nd Test Match.

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Both from ‘cricinfo.com‘.

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At least a couple of things of note here.

1/ Two instances in consecutive Test matches in a series … 9 days apart. 

2/ It was BUT Roston Chase’s 2nd Test match. That was SPECIAL.

Ashwin has done it twice BUT it appears that that is not that special! Dear Botham did it 5 times — twice in 1978. Very select list. Sobers, Mushtaq, Tony Greig, Imran, Wasim, Kallis …

I watched ALL of the Roston Chase century. It was special. I was impressed.

Well done Roston. That Vivian Richards was on his feet applauding him was wonderful to see. What a GREAT game


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West Indies vs. India 1st Test, Antigua — Sad & Sorry To See The Imposing BUT Empty Stadium.

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Now (i.e., Thursday, July 21) that I finally got to see the exciting end of the England vs. Pakistan 1st Test from Lord’s (after TEN screwed up the 3rd days highlights), I decided to watch the start of the West Indies v. India 1st Test, Day 1.

Could NOT believe how empty the stadium was. WOW. Talk about “one man and his dog”. As far as I could see there were hardly any paying spectators and definitely no dogs. Wow. I had heard that Test cricket was no longer that popular in the Indies but this was outrageous. Yes, ticket prices must have been a factor too. Has to be very dispiriting to play in such an empty stadium, especially when it is so big.

Got to see my hero (who I had met many times in the 1970s) Sir Vivian Richards. Wow. He has got dark. He was never that black. He looks older than what he is — though, as ever, he is remarkably trim. It was good to see him though it was a shock to the system.


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The Unique Beauty Of Cricket: Ramdin Voids Catch, Chris Gayle Celebrates With Afghanistan Victors.

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Click image to access official ICC video of West Indies Denesh Ramdin saying ‘NO’ to a catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT.


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Click image for YouTube video of West Indies Chris Gayle dancing with the Afghan players after they defeated the West Indies. Classic …


I really do not think you see this level of sportsmanship in any other sport. No wonder we have the adage “it is just not cricket” to describe ‘bad behavior’ (of the Donald Trump kind).

Earlier this year, as I documented, we had British National Hero Ian Botham wiping a tear from his eye when (black) South African youngster Temba Bavuma score his maiden century in Tests — against England. Where else would you see that. A national hero shedding a tear when somebody in the other team scores a century against their country. That was brilliant.

Then Denesh Ramdin indicating that it was NOT a fair catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT. There are NO REVIEWS in T20. It would have been a done deal. Even if they saw it on replays after nothing would have been said or done. It was all legit. But Ramdin voided the catch. Yes, we have seen West Indies players not say anything in other ‘questionable catch’ situations — but this was nice. Yes, I know that the outcome of this match did not matter. The West Indies had already qualified for the Semi Finals. But it was grand. Made my day.

And then to have Chris Gayle helping the victorious Afghan players celebrate. Meant a LOT to them and you could tell that. Here was a cricket superstar, from the opposition, sharing their joy. Yes, Chris Gayle did NOT play in the match — and as I just said the outcome of this match did not matter. But it was another lovely gesture. And even greater … The commentators (echoing the views of the fans) applauded. Nobody misinterpreted it as Chris Gayle not being loyal to his team. We all knew that this WAS CRICKET.


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Sri Lankans Accusing India Of Cheating After 3rd T20I ‘Is Not Cricket’.

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A Sri Lankan posted the (at very top) “Indian Cricket the Real Face (Exposed)” video on Facebook on February 14, 2016. I immediately knew that it must have been in reaction to the India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I that too place that day in Visakhapatnam (India). I had not watched it yet but given how badly India thrashed Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20I, after SL’s surprisingly easy win in the 1st I had a feel that Sri Lankans were not happy about the result.

I finished watching the 3rd T20I yesterday. Yes, there were two (2) bad UMPIRING DECISIONS — and yes, both umpires were Indian. Actually there were a couple more questionable decisions but these two, that I ‘spell out’ above were what would have riled Sri Lankans.

The implication that MS Dhoni cheated because he appealed is not right. I was kind of surprised because he also broke the wicket to try and get a stumping — BUT he appealed for ‘caught behind’. IF it was a catch WHY did he bother to break the stumps. You can’t be out caught & stumped. The appeal, however, was instinctive. He didn’t stop and think about it. MS Dhoni has a hard-earned and well-deserved reputation for ONLY appealing when he thinks the batsman is out. He got it wrong this time BUT I for one don’t think he was cheating!

For a start the Indians had NO reason to cheat. Sri Lanka were 7 for 54 in the 11 over. Plus this was NOT a Test Match or an ODI. It was a T20I.

It was bad umpiring. I also don’t think the umpires were cheating. Yes, it would have been better if we had neutral umpires BUT that debate is now done and dusted. ICC umpires have to much at stake to want to cheat. TV replays highlight their decisions and they are rated for how well they did. Mistakes like this cost them in ranking — which translates into the fixtures they will be allowed to umpire in the future — and as such FUTURE income. That is the biggest motivator UNLESS of course they stand to make ‘millions’ on match fixing!

I am pretty harsh about match fixing and cheating — in the game that I love and have loved for 5 decades. But in this case I will NOT even come close to even thinking that the Indians cheated. They bowled well. There was some turn in the pitch and quite a few of the Sri Lankans batted LIKE I USED TO BAT! Smile.

I would like to SCRAP DRS and instead, in every Test, ODI and T20I, have each appeal and decision reviewed to avoid errors.


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South Africa In Shocking Pink, In the 4th ODI Against England, Deliver The Thrills …

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sainpinkSouth Africa, these days, is the team that I most enjoy watching — particularly so when they are in their shocking pink (to support the fight against breast cancer). They look good. I actually think that every series, around the World, should have a Pink Match — for the same cause.

I knew that the highlights of the Pink 4th ODI would be on tonight. I was looking forward to it all day. Though I also had the option of watching the 2nd T20I between India vs. Sri Lanka, it was a no-brainer. It was a thrilling match. Some great cricket. I really wasn’t sure that SA was going to win. It was close. Morris played a brilliant innings. I was crushed when Amla was out without scoring. I love watching him bat — and of Quinton de Kock. I rated him from the time I saw him against the West Indies.

So two dramatic games in two nights. I am blessed. 5th ODI on Sunday. Enjoy.


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India vs. Sri Lanka 1st T20I, at Pune, Feb. 12, 2016 — Atypically Dramatic; Unexpected Win For SL.

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This as T20Is go was quite the barn burner in that it had mega-drama. 22-year old debutant, with the very impressive name of Chandrasekara Arachchilage Kasun Rajitha, gets a wicket with his 2nd ball and then his 4th — Sharma and Rahane (both poor shots). You wouldn’t dare write such stuff it you were writing a novel. India, reigning T20I champions, 7 for 58 in the 11th over. WOW. It was dramatic stuff. Ashwin, always an impressive figure, played one heck of an innings. Some atrocious fielding by Sri Lanka and, of course, poor batting by India.

Then it looked like Sri Lanka might CHOKE though I had hopes given that they do have the likes of Chandimal, who I do rate as a talented cricketer. In the end they pulled it off comfortably. Had to have been quite the shock for India — especially since this was a new, inexperienced SL squad. The 2nd T20I most likely will see a more resolute Indian side.

Lots of cricket. Can’t wait to see the South Africa vs England 4th ODI — in Pink — on Friday.


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Sorry But Also Glad That Hashim Amla Handed Over South African Captaincy To A.B. De Villiers.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wikipedia at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashim_Amla. I had NO idea that he was Indian and a Muslim. I had assumed he was a Afrikaner!


I have watched all three South Africa v. England 2015 – 2016 Test Matches with great interest — and like Ian Botham was moved to tears when Temba Bavuma scored his maiden Test century. During the 2rd Test I heard AB being mentioned a few times as the Captain. I thought that the commentators, not always sober, had just got it wrong. I try not to read cricket news BECAUSE I do not want to know the scores and results before I get a chance to watch the matches on Willow Cricket via Sling.

I have always liked Hashim Amla. Great cricket, wonderful personality, a good man. I had no idea he was a muslim and had issues as a result. During the Indian series I thought there was something wrong with him. Appears it was the burden of captaincy. I also had NO idea that AB had never been SA Test captain prior to this. I thought Amla took over from him.

Appears that everybody is happy. That is good. I am still in shock at the way SA collapsed during the 2nd innings of the 3rd Test. Do not expect that from SA.


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Why Cricket Is Such A Beautiful Game: British Legend Botham Tears Up When South African Bavuma Scores Maiden Century.

by Anura Guruge


I caught it, i.e., Beefy Botham, all dressed up, wiping tears from his eyes, when 25-year old, ‘little’ (he is 5′ 6″, if that) Temba Bavuma, in his 7th Test Match, scored his maiden Test century. It was quite the innings — even after the superlative Master Class 201 by (vastly recovered) South African captain Hashim Amla and three impressive knocks by AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis & Chris Morris (in his 1st Test). It brought tears to my eyes, though I wasn’t that familiar with Bavuma until this gusty, match-saving innings.

But to see Ian, the Godfather of British cricket, tearing up when a South African steals the Test away from England is what makes cricket SO SPECIAL, SO UNIQUE and SO BEAUTIFUL.

Thank YOU, Ian. I have always liked YOU, through thick and thin. This spontaneous gesture elevates your glorious status, as a GIANT among men, even further.

This was SPECIAL.

Until I just read it I did NOT realize that Bavuma’s hundred was the 1st Test Century by a Black South African. That is special. Nelson would have been so proud. Wonder what Barry Richard’s thought.


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From the British ‘Daily Telegraph’. Temba Bavuma celebrating his Maiden Test hundred. ENJOY.


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‘Haka’ By New Zealand Airport Workers To Greet 2015 Rugby World Cup Winners At Auckland.


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The Airport Haka. Very powerful, well choreographed and brilliantly executed.


The New Zealand All Black Haka, for the Aussies, at the 2015 World Cup Final (last Sunday)
IF you haven’t seen it. I have watched it, with glee, about 6 times.

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