A Cricketing View

Essays about cricket
Created 20 Jul 2020
  • The Wrong Model
    31 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    When a batter has half a dozen or so bad Tests, he’s a crap player. When the same batter has half a dozen or so good Tests, he’s a top player. Just look at KL Rahul. Twitter’s servers are filled to th...
  • Wrong Questions
    28 Dec 2021 • 7 min read
    It is a brutal fact about Test cricket that evaluating a Test series involves asking exactly two questions. There isn't a third. And it's no good asking just one question. The answers to these two que...
  • The Case Against Neutral Umpires
    23 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    In my 5th contribution to ESPNCricinfo in 2021, I showed that the experience of the covid-era Tests which featured home umpires from the ICC’s Elite and International panels demonstrates that umpires ...
  • A Terrific Interview With Ashwin
    21 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 4 0
    Sid Monga has a terrific interview with Ravichandran Ashwin in The Cricket Monthly. It is worth reading in full and at leisure. It has rightly been received kindly on Cricket Twitter. I write this qui...
  • A Poster For IND's Year
    17 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    India are the best team in the world currently. They’re one of the greatest Test teams of all time, from one to eleven. If there was ever a poster to commemorate this era, it would be this picture. Pa...
  • The "Big Moments" Fraud
    14 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 6
    The semi final between England and New Zealand was played out as follows (Chris Jordan’s apparent villainy is in bold): 1st Innings (ENG batting, 166/4) 1,0,1,0,0,4,0,0,0,2,0,4,0,1,0,0,0,0,4,4,0,5,2,0...
    12 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 5 1
    The final over of the 2nd Semi Final of the 2021 T20 World Cup began with Australia requiring 22 in 12 balls. It is worth reflecting on just how far away the contest between bat and ball was from any ...
  • On The Quinton de Kock Episode
    27 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    The genius of the Black Lives Matter protest is that it forces everyone to pick a side. Either one acknowledges the essential point of the anti-racist protest - that prejudice exists in the world, and...
  • All Captains In The IPL Are Equally Good
    23 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    This is a postscript, not a sequel, to my previous post here about captaincy in the modern professional international game. The evidence there indicated that captaincy has no effect on outcomes in int...
  • All Captains in International Cricket Are Equally Good
    21 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 4 0
    On October 26, 2008, Ian Chappell made the case for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be appointed as the full time Indian Test captain even before India’s home Test series against Australia was complete. Anil ...
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