Side Lines – Cricket


first_imgCricket is often derided as a boring sport – Cherwell thinks that those who think so simply don’t get it, but will lay off antagonising readers for the moment and elucidate (for those in the know) why there’s never been a better time to be watching our summer sport. Rarely do two geniuses come along together; in fact often one replaces another as Maradona did Pele, Hendry did Davis and Sampras did McEnroe. There are a number of bona fide geniuses entertaining us on cricket fields at this very moment, men who would grace any ‘all-time eleven’ – Lara, Hayden, Warne and Muralitharan. Cricket is great at the moment simply because we’re graced by an abundance of great players. That these great players are plying their trades together has led to a number of intriguing battles developing. A while ago two of the only three men to have taken 500 wickets (Warne and Muralitharan) were battling each other on the pitch. Both look certain to break Courtney Walsh’s record; the only question is by how much. The batsmen are laying on records and personal battles too: Hayden scores 380, Lara scores 400. Add to that the charge towards a oneday international double ton and viewing figures, and interest, must surely soar. But team games are not the sole province of talented individuals. Cricket’s great to watch at the moment because the battle between the teams is so fascinating: an Australian side – who two years ago might have laid claim to being the greatest ever team– feeling the pressure, India pushing them hard, a South African side that can never be written off against anyone and sub-continent sides who seem impossible to beat at home. One side was notably left out there. The main reason it’s great to be watching cricket at the moment is that England, after years languishing in the doldrums look good again. This hope has dawned before only to be dashed, but this time it all seems so real – and that’s the other reason to watch cricket; in sunshine everything’s good.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img

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