We're waiting ...
We're still waiting for the first real competitive game of the ICC Champions Trophy. With only four venues being used for the tournament, the pitches were bound to deteriorate fairly rapidly. The first few games of the tournament held out the promise of some run-fests in the offing, but a combination of factors, such as pitch over-use, good bowling, a few teams coming in after a longish break etc., has meant that teams have been unable to get big totals.
This is a wonderful thing. Like we've maintained all along, low-scoring one-day games are good for cricket, since they really address the constant imbalance of the game in favour of batsmen. Top-ranked teams have had hiccups chasing 126
, messed up chasing 196, like South Africa did against New Zealand yesterday
New Zealand would feel fairly aggrieved. Yesterday, I tried to catch some highlights from the game in the news, but the only cricket news on all channels was about Shoaib and Asif's "Be positive" campaign
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Labels: 2006 champions trophy, champions trophy