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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Pitch imperfect(-worma)

The ongoing Eng-Pak match has seen probably the most pitch-related action in recent times. So much so that everyone seems to be getting lessons on obscure rules. Jonathan Agnew touches it in his latest column.
There was great confusion in the middle as the players were also clearly ignorant of this regulation, and Butt was sent back to the striker's end.

As confusion reigned, the very next ball from Shaun Udal struck Butt on the pads, and Hair gave him out lbw for 50.

Should any other Pakistani batsman damage the pitch on the last day, the result will be five penalty runs to England.

So far in this game, Pakistan have had Shahid Afridi banned for deliberately damaging the pitch, Danish Kaneria warned twice for the same offence when he was bowling, and now the team is on notice that any further transgression by a batsman will cost them runs.
So, it seems that there is run penalty after all...as some of you were discussing yesterday. Wow...what a 'learning experience' this match has been :-)


  • Rules and umpires leads me to think about another series of events unfolding in Australia. Another prolific scorer, Brain Lara, seems to be at the wrong end of quite a few dubious decisions. Not so many years ago, our own Mr. Tendulkar was caught in a similar situation. I don't know about Aussie pacemen targeting the oppositions' best batsman, but it sure sounds like the umps are in in on that approach...would be interesting to see the parallels in that over a period of time...

    By Blogger Fuzzy Nomad, at 14:02  

  • Maybe has a little to do with Aussie bowlers and Gilchrist preplanning to go up with a huge convincing appeal as soon as a batsman plays and missed anything near his bat, especially if there is another sound.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 14:05  

  • Sorry guys this is totally off the topic, but since it is a slow news day and slow comments day, here is a video you guys might want to see:


    This the famous 'Ek aur Anek' animation video, which used to come on Doordarshan during the late eighties. Makes me really nostalgic... wonder why they did'nt made more like these

    By Blogger santa_from_NJ, at 14:15  

  • fuzzy: not few....3 out of 4 dismissals of Lara have been controversial! And SRT is just behind Lara in getting wrong dismissals in Aus

    By Blogger worma, at 14:27  

  • yeah the ek gilahari video, right? there was another one about the fish called swimmy :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 14:27  

  • Worma,
    it is the 'ek titli anek titliya' video

    By Blogger santa_from_NJ, at 14:34  

  • I think it would be anything but surprising to discover that umps in cricket have not been above board when it comes to giving the term home-team 'advantage' a differnt meaning...Hair and his targeting of Murali could have been another Aussie ruse...

    By Blogger Fuzzy Nomad, at 14:35  

  • Here is a really fummy video.. don't know the movie, but would surely like to find out which movie it is from.

    Looks like Rajnikant has inspired 'gooras'
    This is hilarious clip....Inspired by our own Rajni Anna.


    By Blogger santa_from_NJ, at 14:35  

  • Sorry guys, the link is:


    By Blogger santa_from_NJ, at 14:36  

  • hey what about that "don't spread rumours" video. the one where baloon bursts and it it gets spread around as a rumour that something bigger happened etc. that one was real cool too.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 14:41  

  • I haven't seen any of the Lara dismissals, but by all accounts I have read the rub of the green clearly has not been on his side. It must be frustrating for the West Indies supporters, if any are reading this, please note my sympathies are firmly with you.

    By Blogger Zainub, at 15:36  

  • Donno if anyone will read this but anyway here goes

    Just been watching Star News and saw Sachin's little speech at Sai Baba' birthday. I am not a believer of Sai Baba or anything but it was Sachin's speech that was just amazing.

    What I mean is the humility in his delivery of the words. Someone had a board in the last match saying Mahatma Sachin. Not far off I tell you that. The humility was not made up. It was real. How can someone who is so up there be so down to earth. It unbelievable. Kudos to his folks really to have brought someone up like him. Also, it is such a contrast with his aggressiveness on the 22 yards.

    I wish that that was the texture of all us Indians. A true role model.

    Hurrah! for Sachin

    By Blogger Akshay, at 15:40  

  • santa: boss the 'ek titli' one is the same as 'ek gilahari' :-) (and note its not gilahri...its pronounced gilahari in this video, if its the same animation)

    By Blogger worma, at 15:46  

  • akshay i read that .. good comment on a great player ..

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 15:51  

  • Wow - never had the remotest idea that a 5 run penalty was legal in this case.

    By Blogger TFFY, at 16:24  

  • akshay : then there are some who think someone who keeps the opposition captain waiting at the toss should be a role model.

    By Blogger krish, at 23:54  

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