It has been many years since it was automatic for a batsman to walk when a ball was taken off an edge. This was largely a British thing surrounding the concept of ‘Sportsmanship’. It was never a part of the general Aussie approach or, indeed, in the UK at the professional level. Was Stuart Broad doing the right thing to stand his ground during a crucial period in the 1st Ashes Test at Trent Bridge?
Match-fixing and other ways to manipulate the goings-on in cricket is eating away at the entire fabric of the game. The fundamental attraction for millions of fans who follow World Cups and Test matches for the sheer unpredictability of the outcome get cheated with yet another sting operation that reveals more cheats who are playing the game – whilst the ICC stands by haplessly doing too little, too late.
Belt up cricket fans – the most exciting cricket tournament in the most exciting format is ready to launch in Sri Lanka on 18th September when the hosts, Sri Lanka, take on Zimbabwe in the opening game of the ICC T20 World Cup in the sleepy fishing hamlet of Hambantota on one of the largest cricket playing surfaces in the world.
A new ‘star’ has emerged in the Sri Lankan cricketing scene. Well, experts on the game and statistics certainly seem to indicate that Dinesh Chandimal, the right-handed batsman/wicket-keeper, qualifies for this often-misquoted title of ‘star’. Indeed one should be cautious when making such predictions.
Quite a furore was created in the current CB series game between India and Sri Lanka played in Brisbane when Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, at the non-striker’s end, was run out by Indian off-spinner Ashwin when the batsman was found to have left the crease before the ball had been delivered.
India and Sri Lanka have been thumped by Australia and South Africa by massive margins in test matches in the past few weeks. “White men can’t jump” was a 1992 American comedy movie about two basketball players – one black and the other white. The insinuation of the title is pretty obvious. Today that famous title is an idiom for those who cannot perform.
How many can lay claims of having captained his native land, played first-class cricket in England and Australia, captained Cambridge University, M.C.C., and, other than the three Indians (Ranjitsinhji, Duleepsinjhi and the Nawab of Pataudi Sr. who represented England no less) is the only Asian who represented the Gentlemen of England?
Fittingly, it was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who hit the winning six in the 2011 World Cup Final to herald India as champions in Mumbai. This video article captures the drama and incidents over the preceding six weeks to this moment as one of the most successful world cup editions of all time unfolded in the cricket mad sub-continent.