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    March 16, 2006

    Eye witness account of the GODOAT

    For what it is worth, GODOAT stands for "Greatest One Dayer Of All Time". While I don't subscribe to that description, several other commentators have already decreed it so. Tony Greig said it, so it must be right!

    India's solicitor general, Goolam Vahanvati, appointed to inquire into racial abuse incidents which happened during South Africa's tour of Australia a few months ago, was at the Wanderers when Australia and South Africa destroyed the careers of a few bowlers.

    Here is his his own account of the proceedings.

    In the context of that game, I wonder why no one has complained to the ICC about the nature of the wicket. In 2004, Cricket Australia registered a complaint about the Wankhede wicket where India snatched a consolation win. Ricky Ponting publicly criticized the wicket, although he was not similarly critical of a pitch at Darwin against Sri Lanka earlier in 2004 when he said
    You don't want batsmen dominating the ball as much as they did last summer.
    Perhaps that was because he wasn't playing in it, while he was, at Bombay!

    There've only been two occasions when an international match has been called off due to a bad pitch - Indore - India v Sri Lanka and Sabina Park - West Indies v England. Both pitches were deemed too dangerous for the batsmen. How come matches don't get called off citing that the pitch was dangerous for bowlers?

    No one complained about the pancakes served up by Pakistan at Lahore & Faisalabad and India at Nagpur.

    Why? Because those were superb for batting. Why bother about those stupid bowlers anyway? Let them run in 30 yards and bowl. That is what they're paid for while the batsmen gorge ourselves.

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    Very true.......Bowling on these is a thankless job..Maybe nobody complains about those pitches because there is no out & out bowler captain

    By Anonymous Anonymous (16-Mar-2006, 2:34:00 PM)  

    I didn't realise that Marcus Trescothick was playing by video link (third paragraph).

    By Anonymous Geoff (16-Mar-2006, 2:48:00 PM)  

    anonymous: Flintoff [currently] is the nearest to one, and he didn't complain :) Barring Bracewell, the rest of the coaches are either batsmen or all-rounders.

    geoff: Heh, good spot :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (16-Mar-2006, 3:09:00 PM)  

    I believe that no one should be complaining about either type of pitch, be it extremely batsman-friendly or bowler-friendly. They should both be taken as part and parcel of this amazing sport. So what if theres a test match that lasts just 2 days, there are others that wouldn't get over even if there were 20. Atleast the 2-day finish helps keep the batting averages in check :)

    By Anonymous Arjun (16-Mar-2006, 4:52:00 PM)  

    arjun: True. That'd be in an ideal world. But complaints only happen when the pitch helps bowlers.

    By Blogger Jagadish (17-Mar-2006, 12:01:00 AM)  

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