Fielding coach R Sridhar on the tactical and psychological tweaks that helped the team turn things around
Holy ****, Shastri is the brainsFielding coach R Sridhar on the tactical and psychological tweaks that helped the team turn things aroundwww.espncricinfo.com
I legitimately think he has a pretty good case for being the most valuable test cricketer in the world, on current form.Perhaps not mentioned earlier, Sir Ravindra Jadeja averaged 85 with the bat and 15 with the ball in this epic series, along with that ATG run out of Smith.
Arise Sir RJ !
@Spark , @Starfighter , @Gnske , @OverratedSanity , @jimmy101Shahid Afridi captain of Pakistan was caught on camera munching into a cricket ball like an apple during a game in Australia, can't recall Pakistan cricket board making him do a press conference and admitting he did it with an intention to cheat and his senior players were also aware about it, same with Du Plessis.
Cricket Australia antagonised their own players, by throwing them in front the press and making them admit their guilt in great detail. Such embarrassing public admissions were only reserved for players admitting their guilt to match-fixing before this incident.
Without creating such public hate against them, there is no way Cricket Australia could have banned these guys for a whole year, for an offense for which max punishment is a ban of one game according to ICC rules.
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All that these words (like Elite Honesty) do is maintain the pretence that Australian cricketers operate - or should operate - on a higher moral plane than non-Australian cricketers; that the Australian line is the line, never mind that nobody's ever been told where that line is. It is what has got them into this mess in the first place.
It is what the extreme punishments to Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were so much about. The rest of the cricket world was made to look like a collective of tree-hugging liberal halfwits for having - fairly maturely, actually - come to terms with what is an on-field code violation and not a sign of moral decay. Sides tampered with the ball, sometimes they got caught and were punished and yes, sometimes they got away with it. That's all life.
Cricket, though, reactionary and conservative cricket, fell for it, responding by increasing the seriousness and stigma of tampering as an offence. Instead of doubling down, cooling the atmosphere, and insisting that tampering wasn't an existential threat to the game, it went the other way, aspiring to this elite Australian way.
It was a depressing reminder of the way cricket is still unable to drag itself out of the streak of puritanism that has marked its operations for so long, where it believes it is not just a morally superior game but that it produces morally superior humans. That's the subtext of the Spirit of Cricket, which, lately Australia seem to have clung to tighter than others. But here's a truth bomb for all of us: cricket isn't morally superior to anything. If it ever was, maybe it was nearly two centuries ago. It's a great sport, no doubt, but that is all it is - a sport. If it expanded globally in reality, rather than just in an ICC mission paper, it may well loosen up and understand this.
"Mission Melbourne" - you know what this means right? Akshay will play Ravi and John Abraham will play Rahane.Fielding coach R Sridhar on the tactical and psychological tweaks that helped the team turn things aroundwww.espncricinfo.com
I didn't say anything about Shahid mate. In fact I always thought that he was just biting off some loose thread away from the seam. I don't think there was any ever evidence that he was actually biting into the ball.@Spark , @Starfighter , @Gnske , @OverratedSanity , @jimmy101
Don't drag Afridi into it. Wo don't boast about Elite Honesty.
Honesty is honesty. You either are or you aren't. This business of Elite Honesty, Players' Pact & "Hard but Fair" act is classic corporate-speak - high-sounding words put together to sound and look pretty but that end up meaning nothing.
Sridhar said:And then when you [Ashwin] got the ball in your hand, the bowling coach was super excited. He was like, 'Something is going to happen now'. Ashwin's first ball itself fizzed and bounced; my heart was beating fast. My first thought was 'Oh dear, how is Rishabh Pant going to keep to Ashwin on this wicket'. He was under pressure, was playing his first game. So that was running on my mind. I called Saha and told him my thoughts immediately.