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The man who wrote his own textbook in illegible handwriting

Bowled on 2nd April, 2015 at 17:21 by
Category: King Cricket, Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Nurdling the shit out of every bowling attack

Our final King of Cricket appeared on the All Out Cricket website a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t link to it at the time because we thought it would get lost amid all the World Cup stuff. We didn’t want that to happen because it’s Shiv and you all know how we feel about Shiv.

Rickets, Chomsky, Shane Watson talking bollocks and the art of persisting for long enough that eventually the world changes shape to accommodate you. It’s all in there.

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Bowlers still exist

Bowled on 30th March, 2015 at 11:18 by
Category: King Cricket

That’s the surprising conclusion we’ve drawn from the last few weeks of cricket. More on this and a review of Australia’s win yesterday in our final World Cup column for the Mumbai Mirror.

We’ll maybe have a few points to make about the tournament as a whole in coming days (not today, we’re taking a day off), but we’d just like to say that in general we’ve really enjoyed it. Some of it was flat, but it didn’t seem as lifeless as a few of the previous instalments and in New Zealand, Mitchell Starc and India’s bizarre surge in seam bowling ability, there were some great stories to follow.

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Mitchell Starc never was soft

Bowled on 29th March, 2015 at 08:49 by
Category: King Cricket

He just had a bad day once upon a time. Seems a long time ago. We just about managed to remember that far back for our Mumbai Mirror World Cup final day piece, in which we also expressed the hope that the team with no spinner should lose.

We started typing this with New Zealand needing 10 wickets. We were going to say something about how we hoped that turned out to be a very specific moment in time, when lo! Aaron Finch was dismissed…

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How to bat your way to a World Cup final

Bowled on 28th March, 2015 at 08:47 by
Category: King Cricket

This World Cup really hasn’t turned out as batsman-centric as people imagined. Batting-centric, maybe, but not batsman-centric.

Australia have Steve Smith and a whole bunch of minor contributors. New Zealand have four overs of Brendon McCullum and then everyone’s a little too shell-shocked to really know what’s going on after that. More on this at the usual place.

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9

The non-meal-defining carbohydrates of Aaron Finch

Bowled on 27th March, 2015 at 08:55 by
Category: King Cricket

There was a long and rambling food analogy that didn’t make it into our review of the second semi-final. It would have been something about Finch’s innings providing a decent amount of substance without really affecting the quality of the meal/Australia’s performance to any great extent.

We also highlighted where India went wrong. If you listen to Shane Warne, his ilk and probably most modern coaches, cricket matches are decided not by ability, but by the degree to which the combatants display nebulous qualities like ‘energy’ and ‘intensity’ and whether or not they ‘back themselves’.

As a writer, we back ourself to call Warne a guff-talking dullard whenever necessary, but we can’t promise that we’ll do so with either energy or intensity.

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Which of India’s batsmen are ‘due’?

Bowled on 26th March, 2015 at 08:32 by
Category: King Cricket

Steve Smith was due. Famously, he’s barely scored a run these last few months. Definitely due.

As you all know, whether or not a batsman’s ‘due’ is a watertight method of predicting who will and won’t perform. This morning we gave the denizens of Mumbai the benefit of our expertise on this subject.

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The joys of mishits, dropped catches, failed run-outs and overthrows

Bowled on 25th March, 2015 at 08:35 by
Category: King Cricket

Or, in other words, the semi-final report we promised you yesterday.

It’s also worth noting the contribution made by Dan Vettori. Thanks Dan for being one of the few players to keep his side of the bargain after being named one of our World Cup cricketers to watch. Shame on half of the rest of you for not playing much, if at all.

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Crowd-pleasing lesson number 468

Bowled on 24th March, 2015 at 14:44 by
Category: King Cricket

We know what you guys are like. The last thing you want to hear about after a fantastic semi-final is that fantastic semi-final. You’d rather wait at least 24 hours to hear what we have to say on the subject, until a point at which the emotion’s faded and you’re now more interested in the other semi-final.

We know what you’re going to say. You’re going to say: “No, it’s okay. You can write about New Zealand v South Africa if you want. We’ll tolerate it.” But it’s okay. We won’t inflict that on you. We’ll instead deliver the tonally-inappropriate offering you crave – a bleak piece about the pseudo-death that is a cricketer’s retirement.

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14

MS Dhoni’s conviction isn’t swayed by anything so prosaic as evidence

Bowled on 23rd March, 2015 at 17:56 by
Category: King Cricket, Mahendra Dhoni

That’s what we’ve written about for the Mumbai Mirror. It’s not just about Dhoni though. It’s also about conviction in general and how an epidemic of uncertainty can sweep through a side at a major tournament.

In other words, it’s yet another piece about stuff England did wrong masquerading as something broader and more inclusive.

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We tried to write about Martin Guptill

Bowled on 22nd March, 2015 at 10:58 by
Category: Daniel Vettori, King Cricket

But it seemed to come out as a Dan Vettori piece.

Big beardy Dan. Back from retirement. Keeping it tight like one-day cricket hasn’t changed at all in the last decade and leaping about like a man roughly the same age but not quite so decrepit.

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