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Indeed. The 1999 World Cup marked the beginning of my interest in the game, so it holds great nostalgic value for me.

Rewind to 1999: The first ODI in Scotland

That’s right, he once took 3/18 against India at Sharjah, in 1997-98.

Guyana's all-time Test XI

Another nice read, Tiger. A formidable XI indeed.

Karnataka's all-time Test XI

Oops, should have got Ha’stings’.. missed a sitter there:)

Explain my cryptic Zodiac XII

Very interesting post.

Here’s what I could decipher (player – sun sign – reason):

Ken Archer – Sagittarius – archer
Mark Ramprakash – Aries – (ram)prakash
Gary Ballance – Libra – scales ‘balance’
Graeme Pollock – Pisces – pollock is a fish
The Waughs – Gemini – twins
Clarence Pellew – Cancer – nickname Nip, a crab ‘nips’
Tony Dodemaide – Virgo – there’s a director named Tony Virgo
Ron Oxenham – Taurus – bull/ox
Barry Jarman – Aquarius – carrier of water in a ‘jar’
Craig McDermott – Capricorn – nickname Billy, i.e. goat
Nathan Lyon – Leo – ‘lion’
Brian Hastings – Scorpion – TV show Scorpion was based on Walter O’Brien (that’s all I could think of)

Explain my cryptic Zodiac XII

Yes, Lloyd and Butcher (who took 5/34 with his leg-spin against England at Port of Spain in 1967-68, his only five Test wickets) can share the workload.

Guyana's all-time Test XI

Yes, that was intended to be sarcasm:)

Guyana's all-time Test XI

Cheers, Jon. Thanks for sharing, that was indeed an interesting read. Yes, King had to be there so as to partner Croft. Harper would be my 12th man.

Guyana's all-time Test XI

Cheers, Paul.

Guyana's all-time Test XI

Cheers, Tiger. I’ve been enjoying your detailed pieces on Bangladeshi cricket history. Agreed about the bowling; Gibbs should be able to bowl for long. Hopefully Lloyd can manage the resources well!

Guyana's all-time Test XI

Very enjoyable read, Tiger.

From Ranji to Pujara: A brief history of Kathiawar cricket

Cheers, glad you liked it.

Antigua's all-time cricket XI

Indeed.

Antigua's all-time cricket XI

Rohit was certainly considered, but I felt Latham’s century in Colombo was a high-impact innings, which swung my vote in his favour.

Test cricket: 2019 in review

Cheers, Paul, glad you liked it.

Test cricket: 2019 in review

Yes, Rashid’s selection was bound to be contentious. As I said earlier, it was tough to leave Lyon out. But the impact of Rashid was highly significant, for he contributed towards Afghanistan’s maiden Test win and maiden Test win overseas. As for playing ‘weaker teams’, he took 11 wickets to topple Bangladesh in Bangladesh, which was an immense feat in my book. Moreover, one needs to do well against the opposition one is put up against, whether strong or weak.

The 2019 Test cricket team of the year

Yes, Shami was considered, but I felt Starc’s numbers warranted him a spot. It was tough to leave Lyon out, but at the same time, Rashid’s impact was hard to ignore.

The 2019 Test cricket team of the year

Indeed. Great spirit shown by the Barramundis. Here’s hoping they make more waves at the T20 World Cup.

The T20 World Cup Qualifier XI

This is a personal XI that I posted on my blog. It has four changes from the XI selected by the ICC, including Vanua.

The T20 World Cup Qualifier XI

😊

Sri Lanka's highest successful Test chases

Cheers, Peter.

Sri Lanka's highest successful Test chases

Yes. The lack of Associates this time is frustrating. There ought to be at least 14 teams to constitute a World Cup in its true sense.

Associate nations at the World Cup: Part 2

Indeed. Zimbabwe nearly reached the semifinals of the 1999 World Cup, and also won a Test series in Pakistan in 1998-99. That team was as good as any on their day.

Associate nations at the World Cup: Part 2

Sri Lanka’s target was 507, and Sangakkara was ninth out at 364. So a Sri Lankan win was highly unlikely, irrespective of the umpiring gaffe.

Sri Lankan Test centurions in Australia

Indeed. Rudi Koertzen was the umpire in question.

Sri Lankan Test centurions in Australia