Harbhajan Singh and Reebok have discovered the Teesra. In a viral video doing the rounds on YouTube, the off-spinner demonstrates a ball that stops and reverses back to the bowler.
It actually drops dead after spinning back and sidewards.
Much like the back-spinning, side-spinning drop shots employed by tennis masters.
Does this mean that backspin will allow Bhajji and his ilk to recall balls they regret or wish they hadn’t bowled? Now, that would be really useful.
Something like Gmail's Mail Goggles technology to prevent you sending out those e-mails you would never send sober? Or when calmer?
The mystery ball might not be of real use to the offies or leggies of this world. As per the rules, a ball bouncing more than twice is first a no ball and then a dead ball. Very clear, indeed.
But then rules are rules. Magic, be damned. Rules rule.
England may or may not qualify for the quarterfinals. It should not matter.
They have been true entertainers in this tournament. They made the World Cup come alive with their consistent inconsistency.
With five close games on six, their fans, their opponent’s supporters and unbiased viewers suffered serious palpitations charting their progress (non-progress?) so far. This unit should be lauded for doing a Pakistan.
Darren Sammy had a piece of advice for Graeme Swann and his teammates on how to tackle the dew factor before the England-West Indies tie.
"If there is dew just get the towel and wipe the ball. Simple."
Swann and James Tredwell not only did that; they also wiped the floor with the West Indian batsmen.
Swann evidently utilised his time well and learnt "how to play football with both hands tied behind his back."
When things are going well, you are praised for knowing your mind and speaking it. When it doesn’t, you’re plain stubborn.
MS Dhoni is discovering that Krishnamachari Srikkanth believes that it’s not just Dhoni’s head on the chopping block if India’s World Cup campaign falters. It’s his as well.
Words have been exchanged with the India skipper and coach Gary Kirsten. R Ashwin should play is the mandate.
Will Dhoni oblige?
Cricket, certainly, is a funny game. Anything can happen, anytime.
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Quote of the Day:
"Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Angeles," Frank Lloyd Wright.