Yes, of course, as the top image attests, there have been younger cricketers — some of them that went onto become rather famous, and Mushtaq Mohammed was the granddaddy of them all. I had forgotten that Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut as a 16-year old. Wow.
I can kind of recall what I was like at 16.
Of course, all these folks are exceptional, prodigies with prodigious talent. But, learning that he was 16 when he came out to bat, and was facing Mitchell Starc (29), in all of fury and glory, was quite mind-blowing and humbling. Cricket is NOT what it used to be — even a decade ago, let alone 1959 when Mushtaq Mohammed came on the scene. It is much, much, much more cut-throat, competitive and, yes, even vicious — though, alas (as far as I am concerned), everyone hides and cowers under helmets.
He is a big kid and is speedy. Not sure how good he is and whether he truly deserved the call-up.
That he ‘got’ — or more to the point, thought he got — his first wicket with a NO BALL was the supreme irony. Then he had a horrendous misfield on the boundary.
Well, all eyes will be on him. I wish him well. He deserves that. But, not sure whether Pakistan has done the right thing or done him a favor.
2019 Cricket World Cup: West Indies, Again, Prove That Fast, Short-Pitched Bowling Gets Wickets (& Is EXCITING).
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.
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.
New Zealand, To Its Eternal Credit, Exemplifies The Decency & Dignity I Ascribe To Cricket Playing Nations.
Cricket civilizes you. Plain and simple. Sportsmanship is paramount in cricket. Hence, the above expression: “It isn’t cricket”.
So, I, who watch cricket, on a large screen TV, nearly every day, and have been a fanatic all my life, strongly believe that cricket playing nations tend to be more decnet than those that don’t play cricket.
By ‘cricket playing nations’ I am referring to the 12 countries permitted to play 5-Day International Test Matches. Yes, cricket at the highest level, is played between countries and a match can last up to 5-days — and still end in a draw. That is the beauty & charm. That is what civilizes you. No crash, bangk, wallop. Very dignified.
Right now there are 11 countries that are Test nations: India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The ‘West Indies‘ also play Test cricket but they are a conglomeration of small states that come together to play cricket. 105-countries, worldwide, play cricket. But, I am talking just about the 11 Test playing countries — New Zealand one of them.
I am so proud of New Zealand. Way to go. Obviously, it would have been better if this unfortunate incident never happened, but NZ showed us how to rise above and prevail.
And their 38-year old Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. WOW. WOW. WOW. What class. What courage. She is exemplary.
I have thought about immigrating to New Zealand! I, however, have never been. Not even close. I also don’t have any NZ friends. Dealt with a fe, but I can’t say I interact with any Kiwanis right now. My loss.
One of my all time heroes, Edmund Hillary, is a New Zealander.
I know NZ from all the cricket I watch — and some rugby. I count Richard Hadlee, Glenn Turner, Bev Congdon, Ross Taylor et. al. among my favorites. Bev Congdon made my Summer of 1973!
So, I have always had an affinity with dear Ol’ New Zealand — a British Commonwealth member no less.
How they have behaved and prevailed over the last few days has been brilliant. So, inspirational.
Thank YOU, New Zealand.
Thank YOU, Jacinda Ardern.
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I feel bad for the Americans in that they were never blessed to discover and relish ‘Boxing Day‘. It is a wonderful British Holiday, day to chill-out after Christmas and enjoy some sporting action. And IF you are a true Brit there is nothing better than a Test match on Boxing day and this year, i.e., 2018, we have TWO: Australia vs India and South Africa vs Pakistan. I will be watching both of them. Given that Australia is 12-hours ahead of us, I plan to start watching the Australia vs India Test shortly.
Enjoy. Make ‘Boxing Day’ a part of your Christmas ritual. You will be better for it.
Happy ‘Boxing Day 2018’.
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Wow. What a last day (the 4th). I have been following the whole series, the T20s, ODIs & now the 1st Test, with interest and joy. Some good, exciting cricket.
I had watched the Test match highlights each day — some while having lunch and the rest at night, over dinner. Exciting Test match.
Hats off, most certainly, to New Zealand. A totally unexpected win — against the grain. It only became a possibility right at the end. Poor Pakistan. They showed one of their fans, a middle-aged man, crying.
Amazing spin bowling by the debutant — Ajaz Patel. This was good for cricket.
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It is bloody amazing. TOTALLY EMPTY STADIUM.
Just a sea of empty blue seats.
I do NOT think there is even 100 people there if you don’t count the teams and the support staff.
You cannot play Test cricket in an empty stadium. It just kills your spirits.
There should be an asterix in the record books for all Tests played where the average attendance was less than 10,000/day.
This is a travesty.
The ICC should NOT permit this. The umpires should call the match off. I am NOT kidding.
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Alas he is NOT really my buddy. I met him a couple of times when we both lived in Britain BUT we were in two very different worlds. He was already a world famous superstar and I was just a pleb. I did know one of his ex-girlfriends — but, here again, he had many and she was but one.
This post, from 2-years ago, tells you the whole story vis-à-vis Imran and I.
I wish him well as P.M. He is a very clever and talented man. He probably could be the BEST Prime Minister Pakistan has ever had. Give him a chance. He is not a bad sort — I think.
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I have checked, double-checked, triple-checked and then checked again.
So, Sling TV, as they so often do is LYING.
I am so through with Sling TV.
I checked. I am paid up until April 22, 2018. That is IT. I will pull the plug.
This was the Thursday, December 21, 2017, United Nation Security Council vote as to whether the UN Member States wanted to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel per Trump’s pronouncement last week.
128 countries voted AGAINST such recognition, i.e., AGAINST the U.S.A. These included: United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Sweden, India, Japan, China, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, etc.
Only 8 countries voted with the U.S. and 7 of them are not exactly household names!
So, now you know.
128 Against — 9 For — 35 Abstained.
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Glasses or no glasses this ‘boy’ can bat. Hundred on ODI debut! Only the 13th batsman to have done that. Pretty select group with some famous names — but also conspicuous by the names that are not on the lost. Only one West Indian, dear Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge’s longtime opening partner. Imam-ul-Haq is only the second Pakistani. No Sri Lankan has done it — as yet.
I watched the highlights reel for that 3rd ODI. Pretty gutsy, gusty and increasingly entertaining innings. At first I couldn’t be sure, underneath the helmet, whether he was wearing glasses. He was. I can’t remember the last batsman I saw batting in glasses.
Of course we all remember Clive Lloyd. He always wore glasses.
Gordon Greenidge wore glasses for a short time in the 1980s (when he was going through a rare rough patch). I remember him in his glasses. Here is a picture. You have to look carefully to see the glasses. Like so many others he then switched to contacts.
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