Weekly Column

Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – “I knew we would be in the final”

 May 10, 2019
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As I write this we have just completed our preparation for the ‘Qualifier’ match against Delhi Capitals this evening. A second bite of the cherry courtesy of the top-two place on the league table. Obviously we would have preferred to be sitting in Hyderabad waiting for whoever our opponents would be in the final, but […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons, a Q&A – 3rd May 2019

 May 3, 2019
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Q – Whereas all of the other teams have been focussed on qualifying for the play-offs, it has looked and felt like CSK were “inevitable qualifiers”. Is that how it felt within the camp? A – No! First of all, you need to be an actuarial scientist to understand just when you have actually qualified. […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – 2nd May 2019

 May 2, 2019
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1st May –  Chennai Super Kings 179-4, Delhi Capitals 99 all out CSK won by 80 runs So we managed to do it again. To win from a position where, watching from the dugout, you SHOULD be asking ‘how do we get out of this hole?’ We scored just three runs in first three overs […]

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Should England pay more?

 May 1, 2019
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It’s hard to know the best way to make money, but charging family and friends for a traditional dinner is bound to raise eyebrows. Bring a bottle or some chocolates, sure, but family is family. It may be a nostalgic way of looking at things but families can be very tetchy. Normal families, Varsity families…cricket […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – 23rd April 2019

 April 23, 2019
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“It is difficult to explain what it feels like sitting in the dugout with the scoreboard reading 24-4 chasing 150-odd as we were against the Rajasthan Royals and still believing that you can win the match. That you will win the match. Then the same against KKR at 81-4 chasing 161 against a formidable KKR […]

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Getting Pumped

 April 16, 2019
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While the majority of South Africa’s cricketers battled through their sponsorless domestic T20 tournament for the last time (it’s cancelled next year) and the elite were enjoying another season of IPL, an international series reached its conclusion just north of our borders. You could be forgiven for missing it. Zimbabwe played the United Arab Emirates in a four match ODI series. Nine […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – 12th April 2019

 April 12, 2019
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“This is one of the most closely contested IPLs I can remember. Obviously RCB have struggled but they have many match-winners and I would never write them off. If they can lose six in a row, they can certainly win six on the bounce, too. Once again the experience of the senior players was crucial […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – 5th April 2019

 April 5, 2019
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Former international player and South African coach, Eric Simons, was head coach of the Delhi Daredevils before teaming up with former New Zealand coach Stephen Fleming at the Chennai Super Kings to form a partnership that has grown in reputation over the last few seasons.  They are defending champions. “One of the reasons for Chennai […]

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Eyes wide open for Faf and his squad

 March 31, 2019
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Every four years a different approach has been taken by the South African captain and coach ahead of the World Cup. Not only have their ideas been full circle, they’ve probably been around twice in the last 28 years. They started as amateurs in 1992 with zero expectations other than to have a good time […]

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What was Cameron Bancroft trying to fit into?

 December 29, 2018
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Transcripts of unscripted speech do favours to very few people. The vast majority of us can be made to look silly with a word-for-word written presentation of our attempts to explain something off the cuff, especially if it’s complicated and/or emotional. And especially if it necessarily includes some compromising of the truth. So try to […]

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