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An Englishman And A Beamer

Michael Atherton, that selfless defender of batsmen's livelihoods and bane of the cunning and evil band of beamer bowling bowlers, has not been heard from in that curious case of the Chris Tremlett beamer. We all know Atherton's expedience in lambasting India's Shantakumran Sreesanth when the bowler's post-beamer apology simply did not cut it with the former England captain.

The furore that Sreesanth's bouncer created in the Kingdom says as much for how flustered the commentators and the media were by the barrage that had just hit their national team. Atherton's double standards have been well exposed by all and sundry. For a man that has never worn a fast bowler's boots, his outburst seemed rather ill-informed, callous and sensationalist.

Sreesanth's beamer did not look good from any angle, but then beamers seldom do. As quick as the beamer was bowled, so was an apology tendered to a diving Kevin Pietersen.

It takes an extremely cynical washed up ex-player pundit to presume that any one of Brett Lee, Sreesanth or Chris Tremlett would ever intentionally bowl the most hideous of deliveries one can be witness to on a cricket pitch.

I have deliberately not added the name of one express Pakistani fast bowler to the list of three names above. I wonder what venom Atherton would spew if the said bowler happened to send an Englishman crashing unceremoniously to Earth with a tasteless ball that simply knows not how to bounce.

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4 comments

Anonymous said...

Poor Athers, it seems he has received a beamer from his fellow bowler commentators -- Willis, Beefy and Allott. He s lost his sense and now says on his article in PS on Sreesanth s beamer that he s never received so much abuse which he got on a single article.

And wonders, he has nothing to say about the Tremlett bouncer. Would he still advocate to ban an Englishman ?

DrMaybe said...

"It takes an extremely cynical washed up ex-player pundit to presume that any one of Brett Lee, Sreesanth or Chris Tremlett would ever intentionally bowl the most hideous of deliveries one can be witness to on a cricket pitch. "

That'd be Jonathan Agnew then.

Ayush T said...

@ Tubby: Welcome to the blog Tubby. Indeed, the jury is still out on Atherton.

@ drmaybe: Well, it seems one of the more readable journalists on the cricket circuit has also lost his mind.

Ayush T said...

@ drmaybe: Welcome to the blog too mate. Hope we'll be seeing you back and hearing from you soon too.

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