Sehwag the great flat track bully.
Sehwag the great flat track bully.
BTW, SA is going to win it. Now that the chokers have gone (well most if them) we have a chance. Also, it's the first time we go in as underdogs.
Anyway, if SA are chokers, then what would that make India and Pakistan? Since SA have been better that both of them over the last 3 world cups. It would just make them rubbish I suppose Just joking.
There are loads of Indian batsmen you can call a flat track bully, but Sehwag ain't one of them.
wonder how long it will be before the western teams are all out with diarrhea
India off to a winning start, looks like it was a good game - might catch the highlights later on
why is everyone saying australia don't have a chance?
He's played 8 tests in Australia averaging 60 and I would say that it's not bad for a man who can't play on seaming and bouncing tracks.
Have you not tuned in for the last 3 years? He's ****. Anyway, our top 6 batted quite well today.
Shakib has lately been the best player for you guys imo. Very impressed by his recent performances especially.
Bangladesh will definitely give the Aussies and the English a good run for the money and I'm tipping them to beat England who have struggled after the impressive Ashes campaign.
Last edited by pete752; 19-2-11 at 17:01.
Bangladesh won't be easy to beat. England and West Indies need to be careful
and i don't think you are underdogs,you are the favourites along with india and sri lanka
it's okay about the thread...you can change the name of the thread to yours since it was more eye catching
sehwag also has a poor record in south africa,one of the few countries where the pitches are bowler friendly
to give credit where it's due,sehwag has brilliant hand and eye coordination and has good shot selection but his faulty technique will invariably lead him to failure in seaming conditions as can be seen from his record
having said that the way cricket is changing,bowler friendly pitches are now a rarity so it is very likely that even some of the better batsmen in terms of technique will still struggle on difficult conditions because they are not used to them
Damn, all our group games are on weekdays... I won't get to watch any of them, apart from half of one of them, the only day match (I'll have to wake up at 0400 though).
I'm not really that happy with our batsmen either TBH... we needed to score as many as possible, but our run-rate in the last 10 overs was ****. Powerplay was taken too late and then the last 5 overs were played with no intent. If we go out through NRR, then I know who I'll be blaming (apart from the bowlers).
Botha is first choice, only because we don't have many spinners to brag about. I would rather have Piyush Chawla has a first choice (that's saying a lot).
Regarding a comment you made earlier about pitches in SA being bowler friendly, it couldn't be further from the truth mate. The only pitched which are bowler friendly are Durban and Port Elizabeth. The reason why Asian teams struggle here is because the pitches are more quicker and flatter, more suited for fast bowlers. Asian teams struggle as a result.
It is a bit unfair on Sehwag to be called flat track bully.
There are lots of 'greats' from Asia like Ganguly, Inzamam, Jayawardene, Jayasuriya, Mohd Yousuf who dont have similar / worse record in Australia and South Africa (two of the best teams of last decade). Not every batsman can play everywhere. Even the great Ponting struggles a bit in sub continent
most of the canadian team are actually indian, some of these early games are so crap, especially the kenya vs kiwis one.
bowler friendly wickets in my opinion could be of 4 major types. they may contain one or more of the following
even if pitches there have become flatter they are still as compared to pitches in the sub continent more conducive to bowling and if you can have 2-3 grounds out of say around 10 which support the quicks, then thats not bad going
ideally,a pitch should be sporting i.e. helps fast bowlers the first couple of days,eases out for the batmen after that and breaks up for the spinners during the last day or two. however this is ideal
as for botha,i wasn't too impressed with him when i saw him the first time but he has improved and is hard to score and effective in limited overs cricket as he can bat as well. not saying he is better than tahir since i've not seen him to make a comparison
Tahir was quality for Hampshire a few seasons ago.
Sri Lanka are owning, fantastic partnership.
The minnow nations should be encouraged to have proper infrastructure in the first place and get up to scratch in terms of playing standards before being given a crack at the biggest tournament. At the same time, the ICC should be organizing some regular cricket schedule for the minnows and try to encourage them to improve their standard by playing amongst themselves.
the icc could make it compulsory for the test playing nations to play a certain number of matches against the minnows or something to this effect so they get regular exposure instead of being thrust into the world cup where heavy defeats is not likely to achieve anything
having a bigger tournament(in terms of teams) will not automatically make it a bigger or popular sport.it may rake in the moolah but the quality will suffer
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