Wednesday, October 03, 2007

And before I forget

I have this theory. Its unscientific, and I'm not sure I have a sufficiently large number of data points. But there is a decent amount of confirmation for it, and any young, keen, student looking to write a masters thesis on this can contact me if they so desire. It is that no Pakistani cricket journalist can write a piece critical of Pakistani cricket without including a reference to Indian cricket, cricketers or administration (if the universal is too strong, this hypothesis can be amended to a statement including large probabilities). For the latest piece of evidence, check out an article on Kamran Akmal's poor wicketkeeping form.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

well caught SC!!

i know from where you are coming from...

its the mindset that they need to find parallel in india to home a point...they just cant look beyond..its kind fixation...

8:38 AM  
Blogger John said...

It may also be that in India, they find similar conditions that justify comparisons - (now) similar pitches, similarly decent spinners, similarly inept administration..

Most cricket journalists in both countries (and beyond) on the other hand, have an Oz fixation. Some hold the hardline view that the Aussie way is the only way. The debate in India on foreign coaches is an example.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Cricket Guru said...

Seriously, I thought it was a valid comparison.

There was a time when Parthiv Patel looked like he had booked the seat of wk for a long, long time to come. Only few months later, he could not catch anything, except may be, cold.

Kamran too has gone from sublime (his match saving innings at Mohali and the winning one at Karachi, both against India) to ridiculous. I thought the England tour was his low point, but he continues to dig even further.

As for the fixation, you can generalise it to many other fields. In cricket though, I don't think it holds any water!

7:18 AM  
Blogger Soulberry said...

The comparison in this context appeared ok, but the big Q is why not Geraint Jones for comaprison? He was after all, Juggler Jones of the Court not long ago.

This I ascribe to proximity and certain similarities which haven't yet developed distance over 60 years. It'll take a little more time for identities to gell on their own.

6:20 AM  

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