My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

“I’ve had enough!”

on September 4, 2012

Well, it’s the end of another test cricket tour for our New Zealand Black Caps and again, this is a comment the more critical “fans” among us are uttering.  I don’t know about you, but for me, no one is forcing them to watch or follow the national cricket team, so if you’ve had enough of something, surely the easiest thing to do would be to leave it to the people who truly are interested in watching and supporting a team grow in experience and success into the future?

In saying that, however, from a purely critical standpoint, you could understand why some fans wouldn’t have the patience to keep following, one-day after one-day, wicket after wicket, but even the most harshest of fan has to be able to admit that the growth is there and the team is learning.

For a start, the batting line-up has been a constant frustration for fans, and I imagine to the players themselves, in the last few years (and for me, this is mainly because I know that the players have got the skill and abilities to actually go out to the middle of the pitch and score centuries regularly, but they just keep letting themselves down), but over the last few test matches, the time in the middle experience and the work behind the scenes is clearly showing itself finally (to my mind, anyway).    You only have to look at the scorecard for the first innings of the second test in Bangalore (http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-new-zealand-2012/engine/match/565818.html) and see scores like 53, 113, 33, 71 and 43 to know that the players are taking note of what people around them are saying about batting time at the crease and showing more application and the big scores will come.

The second innings scores had a lower look to them, but when you consider that the New Zealand side had already bowled their Indian counterparts out (for a lower score than their first, I might add) on this same pitch and the conditions in the subcontinent somehow don’t favour batting easily after one or two days, being still able to set the home side a target of more than 250 runs to finally win the match still shows determination and fight.

It’s a work in progress, the batting department of the Black Caps, but one that, for me, is progressing well!

I don’t really need to say much about our bowling attack at the moment!  I mean, when you can leave a guy out of the line-up such as Chris Martin who, at 37 years of age, has played 70 tests and taken 230 wickets, and then bowl out one of the best batting line-ups in world cricket (with the likes of Dhoni, Gambhir, Pujara, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Raina and Kohli waiting in the players’ changing sheds) you have to say New Zealand’s bowling attack is looking well capable for quite a few years to come.  There is no substitute for experience and bowling at such experienced and capable batsmen, and for Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult and Jeetan Patel, the positives far outweighed the negatives as far as I am concerned.

And as Sunil Gavaskar was quoted as saying, “this match is quality test cricket.”  Who am I to argue with someone who played 125 test matches and scored over 10,000 runs at an average of 51.12?!

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One response to ““I’ve had enough!”

  1. Carm says:

    I think in any sports there are always fans that complain about players and stuff. I know I have been guilty of doing that with my hockey team. But then if people who doesn’t follow the any sport shouldn’t make comments about how bad the team is doing especially if they are still trying to get a foot hold on the game for the city or country. There will always be negative people out that the say negative things about the team or players. :s

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