Born 86 years ago today on 28 July 1936, Garfield St Aubrun Sobers became simply, as Sparrow sang, “the greatest cricketer on Earth or Mars”. Hyperbole? Calypsonians, we know, are so prone. Still, it isn’t easy to dismiss the claim made by the Calypso King of the World on behalf …Read More »
Best: Niggling doubts about Pollard’s future as captain; is he considering calling it a day?
It’s beginning to look a lot like, not Christmas, but ciao for West Indies white ball captain Kieron Pollard. I have a niggling suspicion that the 34-year-old globetrotting allrounder has had it with the sniping and the pot-shot-taking that never ends in the Caribbean. And with having to repeat, you …Read More »
Media Monitor: Unamusing musings the morning after Holder’s WI miracle the night before
Although they may not admit it, people do not like to be wrong; certainly, nobody likes to be seen to be wrong. Sometimes, however, you rejoice that you did not get it right. And you are overjoyed that you resisted the temptation to rush into print to share the view …Read More »
England win by one run as Hosein and Shepherd nearly pull off thrilling WI rescue mission
England bounced back from their opening T20 International loss to level the Betway Series 1-1 tonight at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. But it was not nearly as comfortable as it could have been. In the final over of the contest, West Indies plundered 28 runs with number 10 batsman …Read More »
Holder, King power West Indies to 9-wkt win over England in Betway series opener
Man-of-the-Match Jason Holder sent back four batsmen for seven runs to dismiss top-ranked England for a paltry 103 in the first of five ODIs at Kensington Oval in Barbados today. And then Brandon King, continuing the rich vein of form he re-found in Pakistan, hit a confident half-century to push …Read More »
T2021 W/C: Are Pollard’s men finally ready to change the tune, after ‘collapso’ mess?
At 25 for 1 in the fourth over of England’s pursuit of 55 in the West Indies’ opening match of the 2021 T20 World Cup campaign, Win Predictor gave Kieron Pollard’s side a 1% chance of victory. On commentary on television at the time, former England captain Michael Atherton questioned …Read More »
T2021 W/C: Pollard: ‘Unacceptable… but we won’t panic’; WI out for 55 in disastrous opener against England
The West Indies’ T20 World Cup title defence got off to a disastrous start today as, asked to bat first, the ‘Men in Maroon’ posted the third lowest total ever at this level, managing just 55 runs against England at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the UAE. Only 42-year-old …Read More »
Pollard hails out fans as West Indies start T20 World Cup vs England
Sunday 14 November, 2021. Remember the date. Fans all over the Caribbean will probably be marking Monday 15 November down on their calendars as well. The organisers are calling it a reserve day; West Indian fans are already seeing it as a day reserved for celebrating Kieron Pollard’s men capture—for …Read More »
W/Cup addict comments: Why the Lord’s luck fell to the English lappe
Yeah, I take the piss out of it all the time. I think I’m one of the luckiest people on the planet. If any of my mates ask on the phone, “What are you up to?” I just say “I’m hanging around, waiting for a bit of luck, mate.” He …Read More »
Fine margins! England’s finest claim first World Cup title in what if final
A yard and a half! Arguably already influenced by a fine, World Cup 2019’s finest hour was finally settled by that fine a margin at Lord’s yesterday; in fact, the official margin of victory was calculated on the countback of England’s 26 boundaries to Kane Williamson’s New Zealand’s 17. On …Read More »
W/Cup addict comments: cutarse trophy for England? S/Lanka, Aussies upset Morgan’s 4-year plan
Lord’s, Tuesday 25 June. Knowing that his team simply cannot afford another slip-up, England captain Eoin Morgan called on his men to “front up for the next game.” The last game was on Friday 21 June at Trent Bridge against Dimuth Karunaratne’s unfancied Sri Lankans. Here is how it, no, …Read More »
W/Cup addict: The major message of Morgan’s massacre: England mean business!
Eoin Morgan’s England hit 25 sixes off Afghanistan! And Morgan alone hit 17 of them. And just four fours! Don’t rub your eyes, there’s no mistake. 4 x 4, 17 x 6! That is what the England captain produced in a blistering, whirlwind of an innings during his team’s 150-run …Read More »