Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Batting On Two-Paced Roads


The following are game/innings high scores from the DLF Cup in Malaysia (courtesy of CricInfo):

Player

Runs

Balls Faced

Match #

Ricky Ponting

54

53

1

Michael Clarke

81

79

1

Chris Gayle

58

46

1

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

92

83

1

Sachin Tendulkar

141

148

2

Chris Gayle

45

35

2

Shane Watson

79

74

3

Michael Hussey

109

90

4

Brian Lara

87

80

4

With three matches still remaining, you would not be inclined to read the aforementioned list and declare the surfaces as being “up and down”, “two-paced” or anything other than a batsman’s paradise. Sure, the ball has darted around with a large smattering of help from the heavens, but that could be expected of any surface.

Having briefly surveyed a few matches on the box, one would not be moved to pronounce the pitches, roads. However, I do maintain that the absence of other “batsman” from the list above can be blamed on their own failure to play themselves in and adapt to different conditions, rather than any gremlins inherent in the surface.

As an aside, it is interesting to note (with maybe one exception) how the names of the select few that are lauded on a global scale, always make such compilations.


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