Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Cricket writing

Good cricket writing can be as absorbing as the game itself.

They betray the profound confusion that has pervaded cricket since India's triumph in the Twenty20 World Championship set in motion the juggernaut of the Indian Premier League.

This is a shame because the two days were among the most involving and absorbing of recent memory.

Saturday's first session contained only 46 runs, but once the Indian tactics and Australian response were clear, each ball was loaded. A wicket or two would change everything. On the stroke of lunch, a reverse-swinging yorker from a toiling fast bowler in the eighth over of a persevering spell; an hour later, an acrobatic save and return by a tyro on his Test debut.

For the rest of the afternoon Australia's batsmen were like all the king's horses and men after Humpty-Dumpty's fall.

For the media to complain about the entertainment value on the basis of the runs scored was like a complaint against Picasso for using too few brush-strokes.

From Gideon Haigh.


Georg said...

Hallo Gordon,

In case you are interested in an Indian cricket fan, have a look at Vinod's blog "India Retold"


He seems to have two main interests in life, Indian politics and cricket.


Anonymous said...

Cricket is a sport where the commentary is always more absorbing than the game.

Anonymous said...

I don't know where to put this, because it's not a comment on any of the blogs at all. But as a follow-up to "the commentary is more absorbing than the game...", try this:-
I'm impressed that you're currently featuring on two Ship of Fools threads. In Styx they ask why things seem a bit duller than they used to, and someone suggests they are "waiting for Gordo" and in Hell, it's a party, and one of the treats is being able to say your name.
So there you go.