Browsing All posts tagged under »Test cricket«

Giving Test Cricket the Short Shrift

January 21, 2011 by


In the wake of New Zealand’s 0-4 drubbing by Bangladesh in the one-day series last October, Cricinfo published a stats piece which revealed that the kiwis had won just 16 out of 40 ODIs since the beginning of 2009. Given that NZ’s limited overs outfit had generally remained successful even as test fortunes declined, this was hard to stomach. […]

Don, daylight and the rest

January 16, 2011 by


[Update: 1/26/2011 Corrections were made after some errors were pointed out by the readers. The corrections are highlighted using superscript numbers. Thank you readers.] Comparisons are inevitable. It’s an integral part of a sports aficionado’s life. That’s what makes following sports more thrilling, sometimes even draining as was the case with me. A good part of my adolescence was […]

The Year That Was

January 12, 2011 by


I know it’s a bit dilatory to come up with something related to 2010 with the first week of new year already done but I guess I had to. Call it a formality or an urge to talk on it, I’ve picked 10 individual performances which stood out to me, along with couple of special […]

India-South Africa: Denouncing the Fallacies

January 8, 2011 by


Disclaimer- This is not about why India should be top ranked but why this series result isn’t enough to take it away from them. The ranking points do indicate they are #1 but in the living rooms people may think otherwise and this post is meant to counter that. Fallacy #1 – India shouldn’t be top ranked […]

Test Cricket Under Threat

January 7, 2011 by


No. This is not another piece about crowds, kids’ attention-spans, Twenty20 etc etc etc. Test cricket’s existence has been precarious since 1877 and it’s still with us, so it’ll survive. This threat to Test cricket is related to all the familiar villains (and there’s plenty more where those mentioned above came from), but it’s not […]

The Five Test Series Dream: A Practical Look

January 6, 2011 by


Image via Wikipedia I write this hours after the third test between India and South Africa ended in an anti-climactic draw, and the series was shared 1-1. It got me and some of my friends asking a what-if question that seemingly gets asked after almost every series – what if this had been a five […]

A Day of Cricket to Regale Grandkids With

January 4, 2011 by


Decades from now, when I am an insufferable old codger, I’ll occasionally grab my grandkids by the elbow (like Uncle Leo from Seinfeld) and ramble on about test cricket. Today’s 3rd day of play of the Capetown test between India and South Africa is bound to come up most of those times. For today was […]

UDRS in its first 30 months: Consequences, Criticisms and Implications

December 30, 2010 by


The Umpire Decision Review System is a complex expert-technical apparatus designed for assisting on-field Umpires in International Cricket. It involves the use of a number of specific simulations – Hawkeye (or Virtual Eye), HotSpot, Super Slo-Motion and other video replay tools within a complex system of communications protocols involving On-field Umpires, Batsmen, Fielding Captains and […]

Ten Ways to Improve Test Cricket

December 30, 2010 by


It’s 30 overs per session of Test cricket, so bowl them and count every ball beyond the scheduled 120 minutes (adjusted by the Third Umpire for unavoidable delays) as a “time no ball” that counts as a legitimate delivery, but goes down in the book as an extra to the batting side. We wouldn’t see […]

Hashim Amla and the South African Race Conundrum

December 28, 2010 by


The first time I saw Hashim Amla play, I knew there was something special about him. His presence was overwhelming, his aura captivating and his talent, undeniable. Since then, Amla has gone on to set the Test cricket arena alight. What makes Amla unique, though, is not his exquisite style of play or his illuminating […]