Mop-up of the day – bones, Bangladesh batsmen and battery

Is MS Dhoni’s arm made out of just one super fast-growing bone? We’re imagining an ever-extending protuberance that requires regular pruning based on the following from Cricinfo:

“On the eve of the meeting, a BCCI insider revealed that Dhoni was recovering from a “right forearm” injury. By the time the selectors finished the meeting, an aide close to Dhoni said it was a “wrist” injury. Two hours later, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told reporters that Dhoni had been advised rest after hurting his “right thumb”.”

Dhoni was apparently carrying the injury during the aborted series against the West Indies when it was presumably some sort of shoulder problem.

Bangladesh batsmen

In Chittagong, something very unusual is happening. Bangladesh are making a dominant start to a Test match. They’ve already won the first two Tests against Zimbabwe and appear to have drawn some confidence from this. At the time of writing, they were 213-0 and both Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes had made hundreds.

We were going to bring you some exciting statistics about Bangladesh partnerships like a proper media outlet, but Statsguru isn’t working so we’ve quickly lost interest. Someone put something in the comments. Make it up if you want.

Battery

Pakistan are still battering New Zealand. It’s odd how each of their recent Tests appear to have taken place on two different pitches. You’d think the opposition would object to having to bat on a pitted minefield when Pakistan do all their run-scoring on a complete featherbed.

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11 Appeals

  1. It is already the highest opening stand for Bangladesh in all tests.

    At the time of writing, 222/0, it might top the lot.

    The Bangles all time charts are here:

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/fow/highest_partnerships_for_any_wicket.html?class=1;id=25;type=team

  2. Imrul Kayes has now been in two double-century stands. He is also a fine exponent of the Ploong.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ploong

    This makes him the only ploong-playing test batsman in the world to have achieved two double-century stands…

    …or it would do, were this not the made up stat.

    224/1 now as I write – guess my nonsense about Imrul put the kybosh on Tamim. How does that work?

  3. The real surprise here is both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe being allowed to play test cricket.

  4. People often say about test records that they’re less valuable or somehow diminished if they are set in a test with Bangladesh. But if you are Bangladesh, this is true in every test you play. So therefore all their test records have to be taken with a pinch of salt, because Bangladesh being involved means the record just isn’t worth the same.

  5. The New Zealand sperm whale seems to have got a bit big-headed recently. Or perhaps it’s got ankylosing spondylitis.

  6. If you take the injury to stay in the same place, then, moving from shoulder to forearm to wrist to thumb would mean that dhoni’s arm is in fact shrinking into his torso.

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