I've just been reading about the England vs Pakistan series and the exciting sight of a leg spinner on each side. Yes, an English leg spinner! A sight as rare as a Posh Spice smile. Of all the countries that play cricket only three really understand it. All three have had legendary legspinners. Australia has truly… Continue reading Legspin and England
WordPress informs me that today marks the birthday of LeggieLefty as a blog. Wow, I had no idea this was coming up. Frankly, I've neglected this blog a bit. Luckily, no one has missed it, so there's really no harm done. 🙂 The news from the UAE is that England narrowly failed to win and… Continue reading Second Anniversary
2-1 to India and an overseas series win after a long time. Does it partially take away the horror of the 4-0 England trip and the equally horrible Australian trip? The England trip I was lenient about. There were loads of injuries to key players and it's England where India hasn't done particularly well. (… Continue reading India in SriLanka 2015
So that's it then. The Great White Hype is over. This must rank as the worst Ashes series over. With both teams vying for underwhelming batting performances the not particularly brilliant bowling looked much better than it actually was. This series will, in my mind, will be seen in history as a landmark of sorts.… Continue reading #Ashes2015 – The Final Report
Back in the day, growing up in India at the tail end of the Great Spin Quartet, I had to endure the ignominy of the Summer of 42. A classic tale of loss, heartache and the end of a dream. The Summer of '42 was a major hit film and on 24th of June,… Continue reading #Ashes2015 – The Summer of 60
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Prosper Utseya, the Zimbabwean pie-chucker offspinner, has laid a claim of racial discrimination against Zimbabwe Cricket. This news was reported on Cricinfo. Strangely, it has been ignored completely by every Cricinfo reader. The article has no comments at all, which is strange , given how readers there are quick to comment on everything. There is… Continue reading Prosper, Race and Chucking
What an entertaining past few months we've seen in England! I'd love to have been a fly on the wall, a fly capable of listening to and understanding the doublespeak and management gobbledygook spouted. The imagination boggles at the way the ECB conducts itself; hiring Moores after the last debacle. Then getting newspapers and Twitterers… Continue reading Oh, England!
I was reading about Sunil Narine's in/out story about his trouble with the arm that bends more than it should and I remembered this post that I wrote for Dipesh - at CricketWise, just as the #CWC15 The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was starting. http://cricketwise.blogspot.in/2015/02/the-menace-of-bendy-arm-brigade.html That arm in that picture is quite bent....
It's no secret that Richie Benaud was my first cricket idol. In fact, probably the last idol I ever had of any kind. For as I grew older, I stopped having idols altogether. Richie, thus, remains my first and only idol. I took up legspin because of the tales of his exploits, read in great… Continue reading RIP Richie Benaud