Monday, February 15, 2010

Up the creek without a paddle

I've seen some bad run-outs in my time but the one that just got rid of Gautam Gambhir has to go down as one of the all-time stinkers. All the ingredients were there: a partnership that is going great guns and is about to completely demoralize the opposition, a pair that normally runs well together, a senior partner that makes the call, a junior that is initially hesitant, and then, finally and fatally, a senior that changes his mind, and lastly the handing back of the momentum (at least temporarily) to South Africa.

Poor Gambhir. This series is a write-off for him, just as he was getting his eye back in, and just as the advantage of him as a counterweight to Paul Harris' line was about to become apparent.

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4 Comments:

Blogger straight point said...

its happening far to often for the liking... they both are getting run outs to stupid calls... even in some matches they were not run out... some clear cut opportunities were missed as ball not hit the stumps when runner was not even in frame...

they must do something about it...

12:44 AM  
Blogger achettup said...

Horrible... We had them on the mat, would have had a hundred run lead by the end of the day... instead we've run out of lefthanders (sorry for the awful pun)
Have to ask, when the ball is played behind the batting crease, isn't it the runner's call for the second since he has his eye on the ball the entire time? Basics... basics... always overwritten by the over enthusiastic senior

12:53 AM  
Blogger Prabu said...

ach,

I don't agree with your statement. The second run is called by the batsman as he needs to run to the danger end. Part of the reason why you have to reach with your left hand when the ball is struck to the off-side and reach with your left hand when the ball goes to the leg-side (For a right-hander).

2:47 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

SP: Every once in a while, they get a little frenetic. A pity; a century stand would have really been a nice morale booster for the two of them. Anyway, the close of play position is still decent. All up to VVS now.

Ach: I really wanted to see how Gambhir would tackle Harris. He'll get a chance in the second innings, I'm guessing. (BTW, I agree with Prabu - batsman running to the danger end makes the call for the second run but I'm not sure this is a cast-iron rule for as you point out the runner does have a better sighting of the ball).

10:09 AM  

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