Slogs of the Day: Haris Rauf v India, Virat Kohli v Pakistan

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We were already fond of Haris Rauf’s look and disrespect for physics. Now we’re a fan of his batting too after he followed up a huge six against India with three almighty air swishes, the third of which netted Pakistan another two runs.

Going purely on slog aesthetics, the first yahoo was the best; a great big technique-free full body mow. All power, no finesse, zero contact with the ball.

Understandably proud of it, Haris repeated the effort to the next delivery, which is also quite a thing in its own way. You have to admire his decision-making.

‘I’m onto a winner here,’ he apparently concluded after that one and duly completed his slog-and-miss hat trick off the next ball, which also happened to be the last of the innings.

Haris Rauf is a smart man and he knows you always run off the last ball of a limited overs match, no matter where it goes. India’s wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik had a ping at the stumps and missed. Bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar then gathered and had a pop at the other set. He missed too and the batters ran a second bye.

Wild tail-ender hacks, no-one hitting what they’re aiming at, overthrows. Elite cricket at its best in the biggest match of the year.

Top slog, Haris Rauf.

Well played, Pakistan.

A little later, Virat Kohli swished and got bowled. And then ran three.

Top slogging, Virat.

Well played, India.

T20 is a bit too complicated for us these days, so we’re instead celebrating one of cricket’s oldest and simplest pleasures via our Slog of the Day feature.


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  1. Hero:

  2. So far, it seems, I have missed the best bits of the WC matches.

    Thanks to you, KC, I am being brought up to date with the essential aspects of the tournament.

    1. That was classic limited overs cricket nonsense at the finish today.

      13 needed off 3.

      Then 6 needed off 3.

      Then 5 needed off 3.

      Then the batter was bowled and yet it still became 2 needed off 2.

      Then a stumping and 2 needed off 1.

      Then a leave(!) and 1 needed off 1.

      Then chipped over a fielder for a single and the win.

      Just real first rate cricket nonsense.

      1. It was the rain that kept me away from that glorious ending, unfortunately. Daisy and I shifted our Sunday tennis slot a couple of hours to dodge the torrents.

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