Weekly Column

The Show goes on…with a struggle.

 July 24, 2019
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A lot of people were left with a hangover after the World Cup final and it is taking a long time to get over it. Not the physical sort induced by champagne celebrations or commiserations, but an emotional hangover induced by the unprecedented unfairness of it all. Eoin Morgan was the first of the players […]

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THE run out…..

 May 22, 2019
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I’ve been asked about it on and off for much of the last 20 years but, with the World Cup returning to England for the first time since 1999, there has been a glut of revisits to the most infamous run out in World Cup history. Poor old Lance Klusener and Allan Donald. They would […]

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The pain of losing the IPL final by a single run

 May 20, 2019
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The cricketing world now has its collective focus on the World Cup. But for Eric Simons and many thousands of Chennai supporters, the pain of losing the IPL final by just a single run is still lingering. I do not think I have ever been in a quieter change room after a match than the […]

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The curious case of Christopher Morris

 May 15, 2019
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How does a player move from outside the ‘standby’ group of World Cup hopefuls straight into the 15-man squad when he wasn’t even close to being named in the original 15? Especially a cricketer as talented as all rounder Chris Morris. It is a mysterious state of affairs but, by almost unanimous consent, a happy […]

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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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