Australia v Pakistan Review

Pakistan were outclassed with both bat and ball by Australia at the Adelaide Oval in their World Cup Quarter Final. Their batsmen felt pressured into several high risk strokes just to keep the scoring rate between four and five runs per over. A couple of the early batsmen were out caught in the slip cordon playing away from the body without moving their feet. Haris Sohail fell to Mitchell Johnson’s two-card trick after being well…

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How To Watch ODI Cricket? Who will win the World Cup? And Why?

I  have posted infrequently during the 2015 World Cup. Time constraints have meant that I’ve felt it is better to write fewer, longer posts, than to review individual games. This post is intended as a guide to watching ODI cricket. What should you look for? What might tell you how a contest is going, and what teams are trying to do? What might tell you what limitations teams have? It is in three parts. First, I…

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On England's elimination from the World Cup

Whenever a team underperforms in a big tournament, a master narrative of the reasons for failure follows. In England’s case, it is clear. It runs along two axes. First, England’s team management relied excessively on ‘analytics’ to run tactics, selection and strategy. Second, England’s brand of ODI cricket lags one cricketing generation behind today’s top teams. This reference is to England’s batting. Here is a list of number pairs. The first number is a batsman’s…

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On India's Daughter

BBC Four features Storyville, a collection of international documentaries (i take these to mean stories from outside the UK). It is an inherently liberal idea. Britain’s public broadcaster has a budget and space on its schedule for independently made documentaries which might broaden the horizons of the British public. In our globalized world, there are additional alliances such as the one the BBC has with NDTV for this film. This post is a review of…

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2015 World Cup: The First Fortnight

The first fortnight of the world cup showcased a new style of One Day Cricket. The storylines is of 300 being a ‘par’ score, of teams attacking endlessly are variously true. The central story of this World Cup has been the quality of the wickets. A top quality wicket can produce a high quality 50 over game. The wickets, especially in Australia, but increasingly also in New Zealand, have been superb. What is a top…

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