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Friday, August 26, 2005

Bond. Shane Bond.

It would be even better in a Test situation, but can't wait to watch that guy bowl -- he's my favorite among today's fast men. Clean, classic action, no fuss, and unlike his peers Akthar and Lee, no questions at all in anyone's mind about his action.
Which brings up this other oddity -- five teams have played under the supersub rules so far -- India, Zimbabwe and New Zealand here, England and Australia earlier. And pretty much everyone has tried to hedge their bets, using a player who can bat and bowl a bit in that slot. Except for the Kiwis, who went for broke with a pure bowler.
Interesting reasoning -- if they have to bowl first, they supersub Bond in at the start and are no worse off than if there was no supersub rule. And if they get to bat first (obviously, if you use Bond as supersub, Fleming is thinking he will bat if he wins the toss), they get an extra batsman, then rotate Bond in and are sitting pretty.


  • Nehra could have been replaced by a batsman, but I suppose captains feel even if a bowler can't bat or field, he should be allowed to feel a part of the winning process, especiall if he bowled well.

    By Blogger Howzzat, at 07:38  

  • Prem,
    Is the Willow telecast still available? I am having some problems here although I am watching through a different source.

    By Blogger Jai, at 07:52  

  • classic working over of ganguly by Bond. It was only a matter of time but I have never seen a batsman look so out of depth against quality pace first up. I think the phrase 'walking wicket' was coined for these situations.

    By Blogger Piyush, at 07:57  

  • Followed by Rao yorked first ball.

    I believe the fat lady is clearing her throat...

    By Blogger Piyush, at 07:58  

  • Funny game cricket! The supersub gets one ball in the entire match!

    By Blogger Amit, at 08:01  

  • Prem- Have you ever had a chance to chat with bond? He seems to be a thoughtful character.

    By Blogger Amit, at 08:02  

  • r u guys able to watch the game? I am having some trouble. first half was fine.

    By Blogger Jai, at 08:05  

  • dravid plays on to bond. 17/3

    It would be funny if this wasn't so predictable.

    By Blogger Piyush, at 08:08  

  • So Nehra was subbed by Rao after all! Not much good it did. Rao lasted as long as Nehra would have at worst. Well, well, so India facing the same situation as NZ was, and Sehwag showing signs of drawing into a shell(shock). Anyone want to put their money on India?

    By Blogger Howzzat, at 08:10  

  • Too early to say, but I'd back Yuvraj to play a winning hand today. His inns in SL did show glimpses of newfound maturity. What do you guys think?

    Sehwag on the other hand seems to be making guesses against bond!

    By Blogger Amit, at 08:13  

  • Oops! Foot in the mouth!

    By Blogger Amit, at 08:14  

  • 19/4.

    Time to drag up that old chestnut about how this could have been averted had the team checked into their hotel on time etc etc methinks :)

    By Blogger Piyush, at 08:16  

  • Suddenly the wicket has become hard and pacy from true and flat. Yuvraj, however, plays true to nature- inconsistent. I am seriously regretting shelling out 100 bucks to watch this crap!

    By Blogger Howzzat, at 08:17  

  • Now Kaif shows his potential greatness. 34/5

    By Blogger Piyush, at 08:30  

  • Just when Sunny says - kaif would be well aware that BOnd is into his 5th over Kaif proves that he wasn't quite!

    By Blogger Amit, at 08:31  

  • Sunny I think meant to suggest Kaif 'SHOULD' be well aware ... rather optimistic,eh?

    By Blogger Amit, at 08:32  

  • If fleming persists with Bond for all his 10 overs now, I guess he'll wrap up Indian innings....seems like everyone is shit scared to face bind there...can believe we've to go thru this crap

    By Blogger back2grave, at 08:34  

  • What kind of coach do we have in the dressing room? He wants Ganguly to face the new ball? That's like expecting Sania to beat Agassi. I'm secretly hoping Sehwag and Dhoni flay the Kiwi attack but it's more to flay them into submission

    By Blogger Howzzat, at 08:35  

  • Oh Gee, time to go to sleep after all.

    By Blogger Howzzat, at 08:35  

  • A surreal performance even by India's exalted standard. Sehwag gone now. 39/6.

    Might well lose by 150 runs here.

    By Blogger Piyush, at 08:35  

  • Where is Ruchir the great supporter of Indian Team?

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 08:39  

  • Wonderful. dhoni doing the honours.


    By Blogger Piyush, at 08:43  

  • Any one wanna bet India will reach 60

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 09:02  

  • yeah... a fine bowler... keeps his mouth shut too unlike Lee and Akthar.

    By Blogger Kannan, at 12:24  

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