Is he in front of the stumps as first impressions suggest or is this an illusion, as his feet can be seen grounded behind the stumps? This forces us to examine the true nature of perception and combined with the question of whether the ball is entering or departing the scene, hints at the dual interdependency of potential and unpredictability. The wicketkeeper's ephemeral appearance and the muted tones of his form, undifferentiated from his uniform, suggests the deeper question 'does the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin really exist?'.Well, this is fabulous. Clearly the marketeer is well aware of Brad Haddin's escapades as a wicket keeper and has decided that the best place for a wicket keeper to be is in front of the stumps.
Quite clearly the ball has pitched about a foot short of the fielder, hit the seam, risen sharply just clipping his trouser leg and thus surprising the batsman who sees it late, he thrusts his hands forward at it in surprise and it pops up of the splice of the bat into the fielder's hands. The bowler is a left-hander bowling wide on the crease and swinging it in to the left-handed batsman.Number One
Where to start with this monstrosity
Perhaps with where the artist should have started. Probably should have started by looking at a photo of a game of cricket with a silly mid on in action. That is an insanely silly mid on that they've drawn there. In fact, in this post-Phil Hughes cricket world, it might be considered foolhardy to suggest that a fielder should take their position on the pitch somewhere that they are likely to be hit by the bowler and the batsman.
Secondly, how the hell has the ball ended up where it has? Clearly not the bat with the way it's angled. Perhaps off the glove, but again it seems unlikely with the way the gloves are. Perhaps the ball has thumped off the batsman's arm.
Thirdly, the definition is crap. It isn't wrong as such, but that definition could apply to a number of fielding positions.
Fourth, the fielder (presumably Zimbabwean in his red kit, but strangely playing against a batsman in whites?) is demonstrating the "crocodile catch" method of fielding. Hardly ideal.
One position, the attention to detail on the 'silly mid-off' fielder. I like the fact that his floppy hat has been rammed down his trousers whilst he's having to take the close in fielding position.
Overall Fail Rating: C-
Good point.The only thing I would change is to have the ball cannoning into the fielder's groin and his testicle rocketing out of the top of his pants and hitting him in the face.
Next time I see a new poster, then I will. I'm a bit worried that they may have exhausted their supply of cricket terminology with only 3, unfortunately. I've got my fingers crossed that there'll be a new poster up in advance of the Wellington Quarter-Final though.Show us some more! This is incredibly hilarious! Much like someone confusing ManU with ManC in an ad somewhere in India.
The scenario you put forward is certainly a possibility, and this is definitely their best effort yet (even though it has recycled an image already heaped with scorn). I'm still sceptical though given the angle the bails have come off at. They've gone straight up!DWTA. Wide outside off, Batsman has cleared his front foot, gone down on one knee and looked to blast it over covers. He's missed of course and the keeper has taken it outside off, used his right foot to push himself towards the stumps and taken the bails off. If anything this is their most realistic drawing.
The angle of off stump suggests to me that the umpire was having some serious vision problems, given how big a gap there would be between off and middle stump. May as well try the speculative stumping appeal, considering the man in the white coat obviously has no sense of spatial awareness.The scenario you put forward is certainly a possibility, and this is definitely their best effort yet (even though it has recycled an image already heaped with scorn). I'm still sceptical though given the angle the bails have come off at. They've gone straight up!
And either way, the keeper's still being a ****.
Looks like he has played a shot and the ball is moving to the leg side off the bat. WK position is ****ed up.Number Three
Well, this is fabulous. Clearly the marketeer is well aware of Brad Haddin's escapades as a wicket keeper and has decided that the best place for a wicket keeper to be is in front of the stumps. Secondly, what the hell is the batsman doing? He's wandered well out of his ground, jogged off about a yard outside off stump and looks as if he's trying to turn the ball into the leg side. This despite the ball being well outside leg stump. I'm assuming the ball has been delivered by a left-arm over bowler (perhaps right arm round), otherwise the keeper is probably in the wrong position. The right armer to get the ball there with that shot selection has probably released from well outside the return crease, angled across and then the ball will veer wildly down leg side for 5 wides. All in all - another cluster**** of a presentation. The keeper should be theoretically completing a regulation stumping, but his 'unorthodox' positioning will guarantee a no ball call.
Also, I'm sure they could have come up with some more common cricketing terms than 'cabbage patch'. Not very common these days. Probably should have gone with some play on 'State Highway 1' or 'Asphalt Highway'. Much more likely to be used in the commentary than this anachronistic term.