Wednesday, 10 June 2009

A very good cricket shot

It was soon after Rishi Persad got a large orange hat placed on his head by a group of Dutch cricket fans at Lord's, that I came to an important conclusion - the Twenty 20 commentator's phrase du jour, 'a very good cricket shot', is absurd.

What do commentators mean when they use this phrase? A classical shot that might appear in the MCC coaching manual? But in what way is this synonymous with 'very good'? How is a cover drive with checked finish 'better' than a reverse ramp over the wicketkeeper's head? Surely if they both go for four, they are as good as each other.

All the use of the phrase does is keep alive the now-outmoded view that somehow Twenty 20 isn't 'proper' cricket. As long as it is the result of a premeditated stroke, a four is a four no matter what the stroke looks like.

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