Saturday, February 09, 2008

Quicks and tri-colored crowds

A couple of quick observations:

1. Indian fans have noticed for ages, that no matter how quick an Indian bowler bowls, he'll only ever be described as fast-medium (while others in the same speed range get promoted to being genuine pacers very quickly). Granted, its early days, but Sharma has bowled at an average of 143 kmph today with a quickest of 150 kmph. But he's still described as "fast-medium". Ah, well. I suppose it's the wickets that matter.

2. I think this is the biggest Indian contingent I've seen at an overseas cricket ground (some of the Indian contingents in England this past summer came close as did some of the mobs during the World Cup in 1999). It made for an interesting visual moment: the television slow-motion replays of Symond's dismissal (caught-behind off Sharma) showed an entire mass of youngsters by the sight-screen rising as the ball went to Dhoni.

3 Comments:

Blogger The Atheist said...

Fast bowlers don't come from India. Spinners do. That's why we don't call them "fast".

Also, fast, I think means bowling consistently at over 90 miles an hour in old money. Not too many people can do that.

Not even me.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

90 * 1.609 = 144.81.

OK, you have a point. He was bowling at an average of 143.

12:47 AM  
Blogger Soulberry said...

About one out of every five people on this planet is an Indian. 2-1/2 out of six are either Indians or Chinese.

Ishant recorded 152.6 as the top speed in yesterday's match.

11:04 AM  

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