Monday, November 10, 2008

Why Smith is making such awful fuss?

"It's a sad day for cricket when one team stops chasing when they are
three wickets down"South Africa captain Graeme Smith

I know Graeme Smith is not only a very aggressive Batsman but also famous for his firebrand remarks. He likes to attack both on field and off field. Now, he targets a relatively soft target which is unfortunately helpless Bangladesh cricket team. He joins the cheerleading club "GetOUT Bangladesh".South Africa scored 358 runs in 50 Overs and four wickets were down.
Bangladeshi bowlers are massacred by South African bowlers.

Fall of wickets of Bangladesh
1-46 (Tamim Iqbal, 4.6 ov), 2-88 (Imrul Kayes, 16.1 ov), 3-101 (Mohammad Ashraful, 19.4 ov), 4-127 (Raqibul Hasan, 26.5 ov), 5-140 (Junaid Siddique, 31.3 ov), 6-169 (Shakib Al Hasan, 38.2 ov), 7-170 (Naeem Islam, 38.6 ov), 8-172 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 40.6 ov), 9-225
(Mashrafe Mortaza, 48.3 ov), 10-230 (Syed Rasel, 49.2 ov)

Bangladesh started the inning brightly thanks to the storming innings from Tamim. After him only Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan were the last hope to cross 300 marks. But after loss of three top order batsman is there any team in the world want to chase 358 runs in a cloudy and windy day with Dale Steyn bowling at 140Km/h? Every team wants to build up partnership from there and try to make losing margin smaller. But according to him this approach makes the "sad day for cricket". Is it so easy to make Cricket sad so easily? Is Cricket like a crying doll who always cries when the button is pressed?

3rd ODI at Kennington Oval, London - Aug 29, 2008
England won by 126 runs
England 296/7 (50 ov); South Africa 170 (42.4 ov)
Fall of wickets1-19 (Gibbs, 6.3 ov), 2-67 (Amla, 15.4 ov), 3-77 (Kallis, 18.2 ov), 4-82 (de Villiers, 20.5 ov), 5-114 (Boucher, 28.6 ov), 6-134 (JA Morkel, 32.4 ov), 7-142 (Duminy, 33.5 ov), 8-160 (M Morkel, 38.4 ov), 9-170 (Botha, 42.1 ov), 10-170 (Ntini, 42

Look at this scoreboard. Aug 29, 2008 was another sad day for Cricket. Isn`t it? Let us stood side-by-side for a one-minute silence in memory of that day (!).

Why he is making such awful fuss? Perhaps he did not want to field for long 218 minutes (49.2 overs). "You can fry an egg on his (Smith's) face within two minutes." Shane Warne. Thank you Mr. Shane Warne your one line statement has expressed thousand words.

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