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Kersi Meher-Homji

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Kersi Meher-Homji is the author of 15 cricket books including The Waugh Twins, Cricket’s Great Families, Cricket's Great All-rounders, Six Appeal, Nervous Nineties, Cricket's Conflicts and Controversies (foreword by Greg Chappell). Recently he published From Bradman to Kohli (forewords by Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar). Kersi has been writing for The Roar since 2009.

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I agree with Peter when he writes that a TV umpire should have the power to intervene when a rank bad decision is given by the on field umpire.

A review of cricket’s Decision Review System is overdue

A superb piece of writing, both emotional and logical. Lack of sleep did not rob you of your analytical skill, Anindya. Did you switch TV channels every over / game change as I and millions did that night?

The curious case of the Sunday night angst

Full credit to the NZ fast bowlers Matt Henry and Trent Boult who utilised the wet conditions perfectly. Indian bats are not used to playing on wet pitches. Also I think it was wrong of Kohli to send in newcomer Pant and Karthik at numbers 4 and 5. It was crisis time and India needed an experienced hand like Dhoni. He was sent in too late and another experienced all-rounder Jadeja at no. 8. Absurd. Those veterans brought India close to victory. If only they had batted earlier.
I am not being wise after the event. I have been saying something on those lines for a week.
All in all, NZ was a better side on the day and deserved to win.

India on top of World Cup 2019 table despite selection blunders

Certainly have more than one wicket-keeper in an XI, if they score runs as Jonny Bairstow does for England. What have Pant and Karthik achieved as batsmen in the CWC 2019? Pant has scored 84 runs at an average of 28.00. Karthik has scored 8 runs at 8.00. Neither has scored a 50.
Kedar Jadhav has averaged 40.00 with the bat with 52 as his highest.
After being kept as a 12th man in the first 8 matches Ravi Jadeja was at long last selected in the last match against Sri Lanka. He did not get a chance to bat but took one wicket at an Economy Rate of 4.00, the lowest among Indian bowlers. Jadeja, India’s most dynamic all-rounder in ODIs, should have been selected in more matches.

India on top of World Cup 2019 table despite selection blunders

Neel, India comfortably beat Pakistan last night. The “foes” have faced each other seven times in World Cup and India has won all those seven matches.

The 2019 World Cup is half way through and not one thriller so far.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 11

An enjoyable and interesting read, Anindya. Hope Ashleigh Barty also wins Wimbledon championship next month.
I am surprised that you have not included Margaret Court, Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall among all time great Australian great players.

Fairytale of Ashleigh Barty: Indigenous, cricketer, Grand Slam champion

Neel, thank you very much for your encouraging comments. Only a few have appreciated this series and you are in the forefront.
Last night I was prepared to stay awake watching the NZ – Ind match but unfortunately it was rained off. You must be happy that NZ is unbeaten in this CWC, just as I am that Ind is unbeaten.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 11

Thank you, Sheeky. I think every decade had its highs and its lows.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 10

Hi Sheek. The 2015 final was one-sided but the semi-final between RSA and NZ was fantastic.
Hope you are keeping well.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 11

Thankyou, Warnie’s Love Child, comments like yours keeps me afloat.
Come on Roarers, give us favorite CWC match/es.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 11

Neel, I am pleased that you are enjoying my journey from 1975 to 2015. It comes to an end tomorrow. Oh what a feeling!

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 8

Thank you Neel. It’s so good to be appreciated. Although one has to work hard researching without becoming boring, a comment like yours makes it worth its while.
I watched the Australia-India high scoring match till the end; till 3.30am EST today. Apart from Dhawan’s splendid century, Kohli asking Indian fans not to boo Steve Smith was to me the highlight of the match.
The final part of my series, Part 11, will be published tomorrow morning.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 10

Thank you Anindya and Keshava,

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 8

Thank you, Kangas.
And thanks Noel for going back memory lane.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 7

Thank you, Neel. I enjoyed both the World Cups.
Do keep reading the series, Roarers.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 6

Some of these thrillers I remember. But for most I have to do research, going through Wisden Almanacks and other publications. It’s hard work but worth it when some one like you enjoys the series. Thank you Warnie’s Love Child.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 6

You are so knowledgeable, Satz. I envy your memory.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 6

Thanks Anindya. Exciting days and nights are here again.
Kersi

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 4

Thank you all for your interesting additions. Keep them coming for my series on World Cup thrillers.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 2

Thank you Sheek for the correction.
Hope you enjoy the many-part series. Additions from you will be appreciated.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 1

Paul, Alan Crompton (not Compton) has written a book with Ronald Cardwell titled “The tied Test in Madras — Controversy, Courage and Crommo” which will be released later this month.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 2

Thank you Anindya. Keep reading!
Roarers, my updated Profile is as under:

Kersi is an author of 15 cricket books including The Waugh Twins, Crcket’s Great All-rounders, Six Appeal and Nervous Nineties. He writes regularly for Inside Cricket, Roar, The Indian Down Under and other publications. He has recently published his new book on From Bradman to Kohli — Best of Australia – India Test cricket with Forewords by Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar .

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 1

Possibly, Sam.
During early 2000s when Australian cricketers appeared invincible, a journalist asked Viv Richards as to what can stop the Aussies from winning. He reportedly answered, “Salmonella poisoning!”

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 1

Thank you Paul. “Ran out of luck” was a play of words as five Aussies got run out.

My favourite World Cup cliffhangers: Part 1

Point taken, Anindya. All six are my personal heroes: 1. Rosewall 2. Djokovic 3. Federer 4. Laver 5. Newcombe 6. Nadal.
In greatness: 1. Laver 2. Federer. The other four are joint number 3.

R.I.P. American tennis