Monday, October 27, 2008

Big man, big talk, perfect pairing

Who was more rattled by that 29 at Mohali, Hayden or Zaheer? It ended badly for both: Hayden was out too early to help his team, and Zaheer decided to hand out an idiotic sendoff which saw him get fined (Hayden was rattled enough to actually complain to the umpires). But given the latest evidence, i.e., Hayden talking up his sub-30 innings in the press, it seems like Hayden still hasn't recovered. But all this is to the good for Zaheer surely: any bowler should fancy his chances against a batsman coming hard at him. Nothing to lose, everything to gain. So long as you keep it in the "right areas". Point of information: has any batsman ever talked so big after making 42 runs in four innings, two ducks, and being 0-1 down after a 320 run drubbing? Why not say all this after you've scored a ton and won a test? And perhaps all Matty is doing is emulating Zak's outburst after the first test (a draw, no less). Why doesn't someone buy these guys a pair of movie tickets followed by a quiet dinner somewhere? Or perhaps Matty could do a guest chef stint at Zak's restaurant. The possibilities are endless.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all part of the psychological games that Australian teams play in every sport.

Knowing that Zaheer will get suspended if he isn't a choir boy in the next Test, Hayden is, what we call in Australia, Geeing him up.

Should be a good contest and great fun to watch!

9:06 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Nesta: A full 'press' indeed! I'm looking forward to the opening spells at Delhi...fair amount of needle on display, I'd guess.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Soulberry said...

When big hasn't been big lately, it needs a teflon rod of bombast to make the squishy look big.

1:26 AM  

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