“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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Back in 2005 South Africa traveled to Australia with high hopes of becoming the first team from these shores to win a Test series down under. They lost 2-0 and Shane Warne described them as “the worst South African team to visit these shores.” It may have been a throwaway line, but the words stung […]
Finally some news about the new T20. It is going to be named, soon, and so will the teams, and they will be given names, too, and colours. All this is imminent. The chief executives of the successful stadiums (and or Franchises) will automatically qualify to be the managers of the new teams. They will also […]
Financial reporting is best left to financial reporters, Iâ€™ll be the first to admit. It would be as unfair and unkind (but amusing) to expect them to explain reverse swing as it would be for a sports reporter to explain macro-economics. Or macro anything for that matter.
It may be hyperbole to suggest the ‘cricket playing world’ has its eyes on South Africa this week but it is certainly true that administrators, marketers, advertisers, broadcasters and many of the top players in the world – and every professional here – are watching T20 developments with a keen eye. In some cases it […]
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