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    Cricket Celebrations (wickets and hundreds)

    A clear sign that the value of cricket has adjusted itself.

    When Matthew Hayden scored the fastest world cup ton on the 24th, he hit Greame Smith for a massive straight six, was followed by a wry smile, a hug from Ricky Ponting and ready to face the next ball.

    Andrew Flintoff, seriously, watch the highlights of the Kenya game, and look at the wicket he got LBW, the umpire gave him out, and Flintoff just stood there as though nothing had happened...

    Is this a sign that the value of a century or that of a One Day Wicket has been devalued due to small grounds and weaker teams? Personally, if I were a Kenyan (and as a South African) I find this behaviour insulting to opposing teams....

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    There are still teams that value scoring against minnows and feeling good about themselves recent example can be Imran nazir against ZIm and indians have always been a side who play huge attention to stats and averages, # of 100's etc....people like gangully and sehwag are a huge example of it...who have relied on minnows and less pressure conditions to booost their overall averages, # of 100's etc.
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    I have a cousin who's 11, I bowled him the other week and I ran around the garden swinging my shirt like a mental man. I celebrate every wicket like its the wicket of Ponting or Tendulkar, and I am dissapointed to see what looks like a lack of passion in the international game. I suppose you could say that it is professionalism in its highest form. When you play cricket for a living, and you score the amount of runs, and take the amount of wickets a consistent interntaional player does do, It could be said that you geniunly lose the euphoric feeling as it wears on over a period of time. The players in question (Flintoff and Hayden) have been doing it for years and I can empathise with them not displaying the same level of emotion as you would expect. Even though Hayden has set that world record, he may also feel that he has more of a job to do, and leaves the celebrations untill later.
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    I think the Aussies tend to celebrate less during the match then they used to - they save the celebrations until the job is finished. Hayden apparently doesn't watch his score too much so he might not have realised at first either.
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    Yeah, Hayden may not have realized he got the fastest ton in WC. I know Afridi didn't know about his fastest ton well after the match was over.
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    Any player with any sense should realise that a game against Kenya is not comparable to one against, say, Sri Lanka.
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    I dont get why people are expected to act like idiots for doing a part of their job. Save your celebrations for big deals.

    For a good player a wicket, 50 or even a hundred is just a start. Achieving it is nice but not the ultimate aim, the aim is to do more.
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    Yeah, true.

    Mildly sickening when bowlers jump up and down and scream about having dismissed a tailender.

    I'm all for showing emotion, and caring, and the like, and certainly every wicket's worth some sort of celebration, but some bowlers seem to be unable to contextualise.

    It's pretty hilarious looking back at the Laker 10-for, and has remained so every single time I've done it.

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    WRT Fred, he hardly even appealed for the LBW for his first wicket either. I think, in all fairness, he's got his "business" head on now after last weekend's highjinks. Obviously one doesn't wish to see all the joy drained out of cricket, but I suspect Flintoff was somewhat chastened by the experience.

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    Best bit of advice I was ever given. 'Act like you have been there before'. Nothing looks more amateurish than jumping around and acting like its your first ever wicket or runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Nothing looks more amateurish than jumping around and acting like its your first ever wicket or runs.
    Try telling Dwayne Bravo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm NCCC View Post
    The players in question (Flintoff and Hayden) have been doing it for years and I can empathise with them not displaying the same level of emotion as you would expect.
    Flintoff isn't exactly in a position where an exuberant celebration of a wicket would be the look for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pup Clarke View Post
    Try telling Dwayne Bravo.
    Who is a legend and one of the players who makes cricket worth watching, for me. It's great to see that kind of passion - win, lose or draw.

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    I'm sorry but Dwayne Bravo ain't no "legend" IMO.Not until he actually fulfills his potential and actually turns in really consistent performances.I do like a cricketer who plays with a smile on his face for eg Bravo,Ambrose and Murali.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pup Clarke View Post
    I'm sorry but Dwayne Bravo ain't no "legend" IMO.Not until he actually fulfills his potential and actually turns in really consistent performances.
    Dwayne Leverock is a legend.

    Sorry to offend you, but he is.
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