The Roar
The Roar

Kandeepan Arul

Roar Rookie

Joined August 2018

3.1k

Views

4

Published

35

Comments

My name is Kandeepan Arul. I am a mad and passionate follower of all sports, especially AFL and cricket. During the day I work as an accountant. In most of my articles I try to combine my passion for numbers with my passion for sport. Share my passion by leaving comments/opinions on anything I write about. Nothing like some debate and discussion on sport to keep the mind stimulated. My direct email address is karul21@hotmail.com

Published

Comments

Ballantyne is bad but the worst of all time was tony liberatore. To this day I can’t understand how bloke who made a living out of scratching, gauging and pestering the opposition’s best midfielder won the brownlow for the best footballer in the competition.

The official AFL 'watchability' ladder

The most entertaining team to watch was Geelong in the early ’90s. Focused soley on attacking and kicking goals. One season they averaged close to 150 pts per game.

The official AFL 'watchability' ladder

Yeah but attendance figures and tv ratings are often reflective of the size of the club’s supporter base rather than their entertainability factor.

The official AFL 'watchability' ladder

I love Toby and his karate kick. Love to see him knock a player down with his karate kick style of marking.

The official AFL 'watchability' ladder

I am a Hawthorn supporter and I can’t see how the hawks can be flag contenders. Their bookends, Roughead and Frawley are well past 30. Burgoyne is on his last legs. Wingard and Scully were gambles and nothing more. Surprised they didn’t gamble more on the likes of Menzel and Casboult. If they were serious about winning another flag in the short term they had to get Lynch and Shiel. I supposed you can’t do much if the players choose other clubs.

The dirty dozen: Stories from the footy off season

I would pick Lynch over Hogan. Lynch is a proven match winner. Hogan is still developing. I doubt if Melbourne would have let Hogan go to get May if they thought otherwise. Disappointed that the Hawks missed out on Lynch.

The dirty dozen: Stories from the footy off season

I remember watching state of origin as a schoolkid. My main purpose in watching the game was to ensure that none of the hawthorn players (team I support) got injured. Really didn’t give a hoots which state won.

The greatest key forward combinations of the modern era

Once you slot warner and smith in place of Lynn and Head the batting looks well balanced. The main concern from the last game was the death bowling. 130 runs from the last 10 us just not acceptable. Too many full tosses and half volleys, hardly any well disguised variations in terms of speed.

A team without purpose

The fact that two of the top 6 batsmen will have to make way for Smith and Warner in a few months time means that these games appear more like selection trials than a team desperate to win. The one positive out of the Smith/Warner suspension is that it has given the selectors a good look at a number of fringe players at the international level. If we can find a good death bowler to partner Starc and put Smith and Warner back to the side I think Australia will perform better in the world cup than most people expect.

A team without purpose

Only thing with Longmire is that he was injured for the whole of the ’96 season. He then spent the rest of his career at full back including the ’99 premiership.

The greatest key forward combinations of the modern era

If the south africa series was meant to be selection trial for the world cup Carey and Stoinis have booked their tickets to the England. We are none the wiser about Head, Short, S.Marsh, Maxwell, Lynn, Zampa.

Australia finally end ODI losing streak

It certainly would make the season more interesting. However don’t think it is practical. I was listening to the radio they were mentioning the hundreds of variables that the people doing the schedule have to account for when coming with a fixture. It certainly isn’t as easy as it appears.

The broken AFL fixture - and the solution

There was definitely recent bias when I picked brown/lynch. Saw Brown and Lynch at their peak. Didn’t see much of Brereton at his peak. Memories of Dunstall are quite vivid. As consistent as Dunstall was he did rely on good service into the forward line. Wasn’t capable of the spectacular. Lynch appeared stronger in the one on one contests. Statistically it is hard to argue against Dunstall/Brereton.

The greatest key forward combinations of the modern era

Englands’ biggest strength is their depth in batting. I’ve seen them bat Moeen Ali (Test no 3.) as low as 9th. If we are going go down the pathway of England we need to stack our lineup with all rounders and get rid of specialist bowlers. Not sure if that will work for us.

It is time for 'The Big Show' to be shown the door

Whether he should be dropped or not is debatable. He is definitely one of the most frustrating batsman to follow. Even in the JLT cup he played shots that few are capable of playing and then gets out to the most mediocre bowling. Can’t think of anyone else like him in recent memory.

It is time for 'The Big Show' to be shown the door

Must admit I was a little kid when Derm was at his absolute peak. Judging by the comments here he was obviously a greater player than I thought.

The greatest key forward combinations of the modern era

Brereton was suspended for a total of 30 games during his career. Difficult to say someone is the greatest when they have been suspended for that length of time

The greatest key forward combinations of the modern era

I think the 481-6 that England scored against Australia in England in June has made the selectors think that the best way to win the world cup is to load up the team with batsmen who are most capable of hitting 6’s and 4’s. This strategy will fail dismally when playing on surfaces that offer seam movement to the bowlers.

Australia’s ODI problems go beyond the absence of Smith and Warner

Not too sure about your upset. From memory Kangaroos play well at Marvel stadium. They led the hawks by 50 pts at half time and not too far from Richmond when they played them at Marvel.

AFL ladder predictions: Round 2

The challenge with picking one-day side these days is that pitches continue to vary significantly even within the same country. Picking Lyn, Short and Mawell in the one side makes sense if you know the pitch is going to be batting paradise (ie need to set 350 to win the game). However when you get a pitch like the one at Optus where there was bounce and movement especially early on it does make a mockery of the selection. ICC guidelines do dictate that pitches for one-day cricket should suit the batsmen. Maybe we should blame the curator for the loss.

Australian player ratings: ODI Game 1

Nice. I will check it out.

Book review: Footballistics

Ignoring the stats, my personal opinion is that next year’s premiership race is as wide as it has ever been. In fact recent history would suggest next premiers will come from outside the top 4. Hence my value bets are Essendon 12-1 with sportsbet and Adelaide 18-1 with sportsbet. Implied probabilities of 8.3% and 5.6%.

Why the stats predict a Richmond premiership next year

You are right. If we factored in injuries to key players during the H & A season West coast fans and Collingwood fans could make a case for their club being the best team for the H & A season.

Why the stats predict a Richmond premiership next year

I agree with most of what TomC stated. “Clearly” is subjective. You could make a case for West coast being the best side during the H & A season if you upgrade each team’s performance by the number of games missed by their best players due to injury/suspension.

Why the stats predict a Richmond premiership next year

I do agree with you that one needs to set upper and lower limit . In this case it would make the sample size too small. The exercise is statistically flawed but it does indicate that minor premiers who failed to win the flag are more likely to succeed the following year than the premiers/grand finalists. Whether this is due to luck/being the better side is entirely subjective.

Why the stats predict a Richmond premiership next year