Page 4 of 5 FirstFirst ... 2345 LastLast
Results 46 to 60 of 68
Like Tree17Likes

Thread: Players you have a love/hate relationship with

  1. #46
    Cricket Web Staff Member fredfertang's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Cloud Cuckoo Land
    Posts
    11,890
    Quote Originally Posted by Adders View Post
    Another one for me is Ricky Ponting. For most of his career he epitomised what we English love to hate in the Aussies and I was sucked into that lock stock and barrell.......but towards the end I found myself really liking the guy. I think he did "grow up" a lot and certainly developed some real humility when things started to go not so well for him and his side. He was my fav pundit in the Big Bash and I never thought I'd ever think that of him.

    Kudos Ricky.
    Agreed - he was one of my least favourite players ever until 2009. What changed it was his reaction to that disgraceful greeting he got in Cardiff, and the dignity with which he bore all the **** he had to put up with from the T20 mentality England fans for the rest of the summer - I even ended up happy to see him score runs and wishing he'd give 'em some **** back so I could revert to my traditional opinion, but he didn't, and I ended up admiring the bastard even more - pleased to say though that no other Aussie has had that effect on me since

  2. #47
    International Debutant Adders's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    HMP Oz.
    Posts
    2,330
    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Agreed - he was one of my least favourite players ever until 2009. What changed it was his reaction to that disgraceful greeting he got in Cardiff, and the dignity with which he bore all the **** he had to put up with from the T20 mentality England fans for the rest of the summer - I even ended up happy to see him score runs and wishing he'd give 'em some **** back so I could revert to my traditional opinion, but he didn't, and I ended up admiring the bastard even more - pleased to say though that no other Aussie has had that effect on me since
    Exactly the same turning point for me Fred......how he handled himself in 2009 after the **** he copped from our crowds was what won me over......."they don't seem to like me much here" he said with wry a smile....classic.

  3. #48
    Virat Kohli (c) Jono's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    54,784
    That's not really love hate as much as a bloke just being a cock for years and then no longer being one imo
    "I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."

    Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.

  4. #49
    International Regular OverratedSanity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Chennai, India
    Posts
    3,702
    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    That's not really love hate as much as a bloke just being a cock for years and then no longer being one imo
    Still was one tbh. Didn't he argue for around 10 mins with Aleem Dar in the 2011 ashes? Genuinely think we started liking him more because of his own patchy form coupled with the fact that his team started losing which allowed him to show the gracious -in-defeat side of himself more
    Proud member of the Indian STFU: Sane Tendulkar Fanboy Union.
    Our motto: Sachin WAG, Don>>>Sachin


  5. #50
    International Debutant Adders's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    HMP Oz.
    Posts
    2,330
    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    That's not really love hate as much as a bloke just being a cock for years and then no longer being one imo
    WTF Jono.....we used to hate him and now we love (tolerate) him.......what more do you want from us in this thread??

  6. #51
    International Coach Pothas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Surbiton, UK
    Posts
    11,604
    Quote Originally Posted by OverratedSanity View Post
    Still was one tbh. Didn't he argue for around 10 mins with Aleem Dar in the 2011 ashes? Genuinely think we started liking him more because of his own patchy form coupled with the fact that his team started losing which allowed him to show the gracious -in-defeat side of himself more
    Yeah it gave him that sanse of vulnerability which make people so much more sympathetic. I actually liked him a bit before that though, when anyone is that good at something, like he was for a while, I find it impossible not tentire them no matter how much of a **** they are. Ronaldo being the prime example today.

    Jono has a point though, gaining respect for an old adversary is not the same as a love/hate relationship. I have a lot of respect for Graeme Smith these days but I will never love him.
    I think Jono has a point

  7. #52
    Englishman BoyBrumby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Locked up inside my opium den, surrounded by some Chinamen
    Posts
    45,072
    McGrath.

    Old school country boy Pommie basher and, as Gideon Haigh memorably described him, "the most unremarkable remarkable player ever", but man he was good.

    He was like a master cabinet maker. It might not always have been thrilling to watch a skilled craftsman at work, but the end product was often beautiful.
    Cricket Web's 2013/14 Premier League Tipping Champion

    - As featured in The Independent.

    "The committee discussed the issue of illegal bowling actions, and believed that there are a number of bowlers currently employing suspect actions in international cricket, and that the ICC's reporting and testing procedures are not adequately scrutinising these bowlers."
    - Even the ICC's own official press release thinks things must change

  8. #53
    State Vice-Captain karan316's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    India
    Posts
    1,001
    Ravi Shastri

    I love it when he keeps quite

    Hate it when he opens his mouth.

    Even his yawns are repetitive
    Last edited by karan316; 02-03-2014 at 02:42 AM.
    YorksLanka likes this.
    Is this your homework Larry?

  9. #54
    International Coach Shri's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    11,178
    Suresh Raina. Was one of the most exciting left handers in the world before he was found out with the short stuff. Would be so good if he could get competent in playing short balls like Ganguly did.

  10. #55
    Hall of Fame Member Howe_zat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Top floor, bottom buzzer
    Posts
    16,307
    Ian Bell.

    I think he was the pro forma for believing I was smarter than the selectors. The man who really made me come of age as an armchair fan. It seemed like for a long time he was selected almost entirely on the strength of how good Ian Bell should be at some point, provided they kept selecting him. During a time when people genuinely debated the merits of Geraint Jones batting in the top six for England it was hard to believe that there was a batsman in England genuinely as good as Ian Bell should be, so along with a host of injuries to the older players, around he stuck. I disliked him for this, I thought he'd bluffed his way into the team. But I also saw some of the good stuff, and not just shots but real series of outright dominance - like how untouchable he seemed against Pakistan in 2006 - and I remained a flip-flopper.

    There was also his ongoing battle with Paul Collingwood, which seemed to be about who could test the patience of England fans more in entirely different ways. The pair of them seemed to split the supporters into idealogical camps. But while Collingwood remained in a consistent position, playing a consistent level of shockingly awful between valuable hundreds, Bell yo-yoed up and down the order and through immensely purple but brief patches of form. Ian Bell attracted opinion like a pubescent-looking wiry magnet.

    It was around 2009 that I was so sick of thinking about it and changing my mind over how he might or might not help that I joined KC's campaign to Not Have Opinions About Ian Bell, and became its envoy on the now dead 606 forums. Bell was dropped from the Test team, I understood. He was recalled to the test team, I was entirely indifferent. He played an innings in the 5th Ashes Test that most people described as "entirely okay" and everything seemed fair.

    My hard-fought effort to purge myself of opinion was not allowed to last, as Bell eroded all my doing by going and playing incredibly ****ing well, the ****. In 2010 he rescued a Test in South Africa and salvaged a series in the most mature and important innings of his life, before going on to play a succession of beautiful innings in Australia. The following year he showed adaptability, fluiity and consistency and averaged around 100 in Tests, while remaining a cut above every time he went to play for Warwickshire, including a successful stint as captain. I was sold. This was the second coming of a watery-eyed Christ.

    And soon after that came the Dark Times. Bell was ripped a new one in the UAE and it destroyed him. I had to ask myself why I kept defending him when he reacted to even conventional spin as though the sound of bat on ball might kill him. He looked at sea against South Africa and when I still advocated his passage to India, I found myself having to frame it as there simply being no one better. But I doubted. It was hard not to notice his success or lack thereof being entirely consistent with that of the side, and the coat-tail rider idea was back, and it festered. We were back in 2006 again. His only decent knock of the year was on a dead track at Nagpur almost entirely after the other 21 players had stopped trying.

    Then came 2013, and he came back to me even though I thrice doubted him, and I swear not to do so again.

    Every 5 years we have an election and have to decide who are the least obnoxious out of all the men. Then one gets in and they age really quickly. Which is always fun to watch.

  11. #56
    Hall of Fame Member grecian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Moeen is a perfectly fine bowler FFS.
    Posts
    15,211
    I think David Gower, no-one better to watch in full flow, yet his ways of getting out was almost always the same wafting at a ball outside off-stump that really shouldn't have even challenged him. I screamed in frustration about him almost as many times as I squee'd in delight. A true enigma.

    He was so odd his talent really should have been averaging over 50 he was better than everyone on the field, yet it rarely translated, why wasn't he the best, he should have been the best.

    The left-handed Bell in many ways, but of course much better.
    fredfertang likes this.
    Do I contradict myself?
    Very well then I contradict myself,
    (I am large, I contain multitudes.
    Walt Whitman

  12. #57
    Cricket Web Staff Member fredfertang's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Cloud Cuckoo Land
    Posts
    11,890
    much, much better, with no disrespect intended to Ian Bell

  13. #58
    Virat Kohli (c) Jono's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    54,784
    Bell's a great example.

    Gonna add Ashwin to the mix.

  14. #59
    International Coach flibbertyjibber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Mrs Miggins pie shop
    Posts
    11,579
    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Gonna add Ashwin to the mix.
    But he can bat so WHY?

  15. #60
    International Captain ankitj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Hyderabad India
    Posts
    5,964
    Virat Kohli
    Virendra Sehwag
    Rohit Sharma

Page 4 of 5 FirstFirst ... 2345 LastLast


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Jobs you would love/hate to have.
    By cover drive man in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 107
    Last Post: 08-12-2009, 01:44 AM
  2. Personalities we love to hate.
    By andmark in forum General Sports Forum
    Replies: 62
    Last Post: 10-01-2007, 07:50 AM
  3. Crazy Frog, love or hate?
    By sledger in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 73
    Last Post: 13-07-2005, 07:34 AM
  4. George W Bush: Love or Hate ?
    By membersstand in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 96
    Last Post: 29-01-2005, 02:12 PM
  5. Murali: love or hate
    By 12th Man in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 110
    Last Post: 14-01-2005, 05:02 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •