Peter Pollock and the brilliant interview

Wonderful interview at the ESPNCricinfo site – with Peter Pollock. read it here.

Excerpt:

I can honestly say that I could never give back to cricket what it gave to me. And it was not money at all. A platform, what it has done for Graeme and I and Shaun, you can’t get it anywhere. Money can’t buy that.

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You Didn’t Know This – The story of Peter Wight, one of Somerset’s finest

There was a superb article a long while back about Peter Wight at Cricinfo.

Well worth a read. Here is the link. excerpts:

Only Harold Gimblett has scored more first-class runs for Somerset.

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He had grown up in British Guiana, his family a mix of Scottish and Portuguese …… He came to England on a cargo boat in 1951, a 20-year-old shivering in his tropical clothes and shocked by the rationing and outdoor toilets. “I came to learn engineering, not to play cricket.”

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He was the first to 2,000 runs in the summer of 1960, he reached 2,000 again in 1962 but in 1965, after a poor season, Somerset released him and he went on to the umpires’ list, where he stayed for 30 summers.

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In all first-class cricket in the UK since the War nobody – as player and umpire – has taken part in more matches. Yet he never stood in a Test. “I’ve never been at an international match in my life,” he says.

Glenn McGrath was quicker than you thought…

Super logical post here, at ESPNcricinfo, about Glenn McGrath being quicker than the 130-something-ish KMPH he was supposed to be.

But just because the speed gun cannot measure nip does not mean humans don’t perceive it. Plenty of batsmen would attest to the fact that they perceived McGrath’s nip all right, even if it didn’t register on the speed gun. So now we know that McGrath was indeed fast, just not in a way that could be measured by a speed gun. This also explains why bouncers are usually slower on the speed gun compared to other types of deliveries covering less ground vertically.

Stuart Broad didn’t walk. What’s the fuss?

One of the problems with the Ashes is that non cricket-lovers try to impose their theories of morality on a game which for most of the time gets on perfectly well without them.

– Perfectly well said by David Hopps in this article. Go read.

The game is going on very well, it is a superb test match, still up for grabs on the fifth day. Don’t let’s make an issue out of a complete non-issue.

My personal opinion? Players should be penalized their match fees if they walk.

Okay, I am going overboard, but I hope you get my intention. It’s not the player’s job to decide. It’s the umpire’s. Walking, in my book,  is disrespect of the greatest authority in the field. An even bigger disrespect is remonstrating against an umpiring decision.

So there.

Cricinfo: The Story of Errol Hunt – hat tip from a facebook forum

Read this. Way, way too interesting! The first paragraph itself is such a clincher!

RL Hunte had it all. He appeared in two Test match scorecards; his records appeared in Wisden for eighteen years; he had a contemporary corporeal counterpart. But when he vanished hugger-mugger, it was as though he’d never been there. And, in fact, he hadn’t. This is the story of a cricketer who did extremely well considering that he didn’t exist.

Click here to read.

ESPNCricinfo: Celebrating Rangana Herath

I like Rangana Herath’s type of cricketers. Underrated, under-feted, apparently everyday everyman cricketers, who, while you were not noticing, are quietly pulling out trees for their team and for their country.

They are anything but everyman. They are what make this sport. Read this, from ESPNCricinfo. And here’s an excerpt.

Yet, though he is the nation’s best current cricketer, he remains unmistakeably an everyman, stardom having forgotten him, or he it. There is no IPL contract padding his wallet, no major sponsors have plastered his rotund figure on the island’s billboards and, until March, he was not even in Sri Lanka Cricket’s top contracts bracket. Herath still has a day job at a Colombo bank – though it is now not much more than a series of long duty leaves. He asks for another six weeks off from the human resources department in the same bashful tone that he addresses groundstaff at the Premadasa Stadium, from whom he needs the key to a locked door.

Here’s to more of Rangana Herath and Matthew Hoggard, and less of the flashy mediocrity.