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An all-rounder from Zimbabwe

Kevin Malcolm Curran was born in Rusape, Rhodesia in September, 1959. Tall and well built; he showed promise as a cricketer from his school days and, in time, he developed into a fine all rounder playing regularly for Zimbabwe – the strongest associate member during the 1980’s.

Cricket in Zim; Rest in Peace.

The ICC must not let Zimbabwe wither

Zin really needed to qualify for the 2019 WC to give their ailing cricket some boost. They came within a whisker of realizing their goal but at the end fell just short.

The ICC must not let Zimbabwe wither

The Decline of Zim and Kenya cricket over the last two decades has been a sad story.

The ICC must not let Zimbabwe wither

I think ICC is going to let Zim wither.

The ICC must not let Zimbabwe wither

And as for the Kiwi fans and many neutrals- there is another unfulfilled hope-lifting the WC.

The unsatisfied expectations from the 2019 World Cup

Thanks for your thoughtful comments Paul. Certainly agree with the pitch thing; I think it favored certain type pf batsmen more than the others.
Regarding the timing of the WC i don’t think they had much option, the EPL is starting in early August; already the teams have started their tours to Asia and other parts. So, the organizers didn’t have much choice in this regard I feel.

The unsatisfied expectations from the 2019 World Cup

Whenever England win something big; there is some controversy around. Geoff Hurst Goal in 1966 and now this Ben Stoke ‘Six’. Or was it a ‘five’?

Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter

Nocholas Pooran is someone I expect to hear a lot about in the future.

The Roar's 2019 Cricket World Cup awards: Player of the tournament to biggest disappointment and everything in between

They may not have won the WC, but the Kiwis have got some thousands of new fans here in Bangladesh. Everyone I met today has felt a bit of Sympathy for Williamson’s men.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

I would go for Boult over Fergie. I think Boult has been better in the big matches.

My Cricket World Cup team of the tournament

It seems that Santner will open the bowling on Sunday; with some plans ready to combat Roy. That should be interesting.

The two best balanced bowling attacks have reached the final

Tamim Iqbal, Maxwell, David Miller, Andre Russell, Adam Zampa, Kuldeep Yadav just to add a few more.

The World Cup XI of disappointment

Bit More information about Jadeja. He has taken 192 wickets at an average of 23.68 in tests; and he has a batting average of 32+. Yet most people see him as the support bowler to Ashwin in the test team. And Jadeja often gets dropped in tests abroad. For the record, both Ashwin and Warne has average of over 25 with the ball; the great Bedi’s average is 28.7. I am not suggesting the Jadeja is a better bowler than any of them; but his record is phenomenal.
Regarding his relations with the media; one problem he has is that he bowls left arm orthodox; something that is viewed by most people as too mundane, too dull. I think that Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman the ‘Mystery’ bowler from AFG gets more media attention than him.

The two best balanced bowling attacks have reached the final

It’s not a perfect world.

The two best balanced bowling attacks have reached the final

In the ideal world yes; but I think Chahal is far more popular among the Indian media than Jadeja; at least that was the case before Jadeja’s brilliant all round show in the SF.

The two best balanced bowling attacks have reached the final

I should have made it clear in the main article that by the word ‘Balanced’ I meant balanced given the English conditions. I don’t think the strategy of the NZ back up bowlers of bowling slow and straight in the middle overs would work well everywhere. For example, they would struggle badly in the fast, bouncy pitches in Australia.

The two best balanced bowling attacks have reached the final

Thanks for your comments, Paul. I think India on paper had a balanced attack but it didn’t work. I was really excited when they started with two wrist spinners; because I expected great things from the spinners here. But, it didn’t go according to plans.
They certainly should have played three front-line seamers in the SF; but interestingly Shami’s inclusion would have possibly meant dropping Jadeja from the team.
India also lacked in reserve bowling options. After Pandya the 5th bowler they had Kedar Jadav with his very round arm spin; and Vijay Shankar with his gentle medium pacers. Neither of them were available in the SF; so Chahal had to bowl his full quota despite being expensive.

The two best balanced bowling attacks have reached the final

But Pooran may run couple of his partners out.

The 11 players who didn't deserve to be eliminated before the semi-finals

One problem with my team here is that it has a long, long tail with Tahir coming at 8. I reckon someone like Starc would take only one over to clean it up.

The 11 players who didn't deserve to be eliminated before the semi-finals

The WI all rounders Jason Holder and Braithwaite had pretty decent WCs but Andre Russell was a big disappointment.

The 11 players who didn't deserve to be eliminated before the semi-finals

Good Point. Actually I was little bit disappointed with Mujib in final match against WI. I expected the Afghans to win this match with Mujeeb destroying the WINDIES batting.

The 11 players who didn't deserve to be eliminated before the semi-finals

Maxwell has been a big disappointment for me in this WC.

Mitch Marsh and Handscomb can help Australia beat England

It’s remarkable that so far we have seen only one really good chase, Ban v WI. The WINDIES threw it away yesterday while India’s attitude against England seemed strange.

Bat first to win this World Cup

My feeling is that as the KO stages begin; all the 4 teams will try to raise their game knowing past results no longer count and they are just 200 overs away from the trophy. Aus can improve on two sectors: more aggressive batting in the 2nd half of their innings especially during the 25-40 over period- and finding a 4th wicket taking bowling option. Here, I have focused on the 1st issue.

The reshuffle the Aussies must make to win the World Cup

Thanks for the thoughtful comments. There is no doubt that the Aussie batting has been quite consistent so far in the WC. But this is mainly due to the brilliance of their openers. I feel there is scope for improvement in the middle order and hence the suggestions. Twice, against Pak and Eng the Aussie middle order had the chance to bat the opposition out of the game and they couldn’t.

The reshuffle the Aussies must make to win the World Cup