2015 World Cup – Game 13 – India v South Africa

The big one in Group B in terms of prospects for the World Cup, rather than prospects for the Indian TV revenues. Comments on this match up between the two favoured nations in the supposedly weaker group should go below.

Another supposedly 90000 fans (how many times have we heard that about attendances at the MCG) will pack the concrete jungle for this match. I’ll probably be a kip for most of it.


14 thoughts on “2015 World Cup – Game 13 – India v South Africa

  1. SimonH Feb 22, 2015 / 8:02 am

    Thank heavens SA had one of Selvey’s crucial left-armers or they might really have gone for a few there.


  2. d'Arthez Feb 22, 2015 / 9:02 am

    Any sane SA supporter wondered why the bleep they picked Parnell. McLaren would have been the obvious pick.

    Variety? Yes. Bowling dross when you have 4 competent bowlers next to him.


  3. d'Arthez Feb 22, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Another competitive game. Winning margin less than 150 runs (on the card). Dave Richardson must be satisfied with the level of competition.


    • Arron Wright Feb 22, 2015 / 10:47 am

      Look up Simon Doull on Twitter.


      • d'Arthez Feb 22, 2015 / 11:40 am

        Someone should remind him that NZ were only 9th seed for this tourney, and if the qualifying tournament was in BD (as it is for the next WC), things could have been tricky to say the least. Especially since NZ have an excellent record (not) playing 50 over games in BD.

        How much would he have enjoyed the 3 games NZ played thus far, if they were not even playing, courtesy of ICC’s “best only” policy?

        If it were truly “best only”, only Australia, New Zealand, UAE, Bangladesh, Ireland and India should have been in, and that is only talking about teams who did not lose by massive margins in any of their games yet. Most of those teams have played just 1 game. And this is just on the basis of a dozen games.

        I am about to throw in the towel. Cricket administrators, and some of its paid for commentators, are trying their best to kill the game. I’ll pursue less corrupt games then, such as chess (which incidentally is being run by a wanna-be-lifetime dictator).


      • Arron Wright Feb 22, 2015 / 11:53 am

        Shame 140 characters isn’t enough to nail him, isn’t it?

        Peter Miller has been remarkably polite and restrained in response.


      • d'Arthez Feb 22, 2015 / 12:37 pm

        Decided to tweet to him, but I also feel there is no point in arguing with myopic cretins. It has gotten to the point where my expectations are consistently met – I expect the ICC and people in positions of influence to argue for the worst possible thing to do. There are a few notable exceptions, but without exception the people who do get it operate on the fringes, and are not close to having any influence on matters.

        Because of the embarrassing one-sided nature of just about all contests between Full Members, I expect the half-baked excuse for a compromise being instituted for the next World Cup (like I mentioned in a post on the Afghanistan -Sri Lanka thread).

        Rugby just about gets it right. And even though the weaker teams do get pastings when they play against the likes of New Zealand or South Africa (I honestly don’t know if England hand out pastings), they get a chance to play – and measure their progress also against some of the smaller traditional rugby nations.


        • LordCanisLupus Feb 22, 2015 / 1:03 pm

          The football and rugby World Cups are marketed and commentated on as the showcase for the sport. People enjoy watching all the games and like to discover new stars and exciting contests from unexpected circumstances.

          Cricket seems to do nothing but apologise for it. Instead of doing that, complaining it is too long, and demeaning the nations who fought to get there, how about the commentariat sit back and enjoy the sport we love?


  4. thebogfather Feb 22, 2015 / 11:14 am

    How wonderful to hear the god that is Barry Richards on TMS today – more knowledge and technical/emotional insight than Swanny, Aggers, Selfry, Mooresthepitiful, Prongle, newman, etheridge, downtroddenshabby, and the Flowerpotlessman put together. No diatribe, luvvieness, inmydayness, or self importance… only Boycs (most of the time), Jeremy Coney (another missing pleasure due to the big three league – as is Barry) can match him


  5. Arron Wright Feb 22, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    He never, ever stops, does he?

    As if India’s first two matches haven’t been proof enough that they could not have given a shit about the preparatory tri-series, but let’s face it, they are the defending champions!


    • LordCanisLupus Feb 22, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      Remember 1996? When we finished 4th in the group and we were all congratulating ourselves that we’d avoided India and instead got Sri Lanka?


      • Arron Wright Feb 22, 2015 / 2:46 pm

        You don’t even need to remember back that far:

        Last bi-lateral series v India (AT HOME): lost 3-1
        Last ICC world event ODI match v India (AT HOME) lost from very strong position

        Now you do:

        Last England victory over India in an ICC world ODI event: EXACTLY 23 YEARS AGO TODAY.


        I suppose it *was* in Australia though, eh, Mike?


  6. thebogfather Feb 22, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    let’s talk reality…Eoin was a threat to Iron Rod, Iron Rod became a threat to DowntownShabby, TheFlowerPotMan and now to Mooresthepityful…so he’s been hung out to dry beyond the ECB collective expectations (and with the pitiful inferences of the NatDePressives).
    wee have a bowling attack not suited to conditions (read the stats), a plan not applicable to be applied by our lacking attack anyway, a batting strategy collated in ignorance and laptop rules, a team seemingly told what to do, but not how, leading to cricketers unnable or allowed to think for themselves…. but hey – let’s take the positives….


    • Boz Feb 22, 2015 / 7:23 pm

      “send the laptops out to bat” that’s what I say hoho toodlepip – Giles Clarke


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