Former cricketer, Craig Kieswetter has announced that he would be venturing into the golfing game in order to try his luck as a professional golfer.
Kieswetter, who was born in South Africa, had moved to England where he went on to establish himself as a wicketkeeper-batsman with Somerset.
He had a reputation for scoring runs quickly and was also a flamboyant batsman. He soon came to the attention of the selectors in the England team, and made his debut in 2010 for England’s one-day international team. A while later, he was also picked to join the T20 squad.
However, Kieswetter’s cricketing career soon came to an end after he was involved in a cricketing accident, while in a game for Somerset, which saw a fast ball break through his helmet guard, breaking his cheekbone and nose in the process.
This also went on to affect his eyes, thus causing him permanent damage to his eyesight. It took him until last year to count his losses, accept defeat and retire from professional cricketing. Read more »
Craig Kieswetter confesses that his right eye could not be totally corrected even after the efforts of the doctors who did the operation on it post his injury and he realized that with that eye not being at its fullest in terms of the vision, his batting and wicket keeping abilities were limited considerably.
So, he bid adieu to Cricket.
For Kieswetter, none of the two facets was actually impossible to perform in. He reckons he could have held a bat in his hand and taken care of himself at the crease but, he surely couldn’t slam the bowlers like he used to because picking the deliveries which were quick would take him a fraction longer and he would miss out on his aggressive shots.
The Johannesburg born player says that he sees a lot of average Cricketers going around at the county level and he wishes them all the very best, but, he can’t be a Cricketer of that category. He always aimed high and took great pride in playing in his own style and if he had to compromise with his style, he would like to put it to an end rather than just dragging along.
Kieswetter also accepts that after he got a green signal to resume his Cricket after operation, he felt that he was getting a bit bothered about pace and bounce unlike before when it was bread and butter for him and that was because he was a little fearful and the possibility of another blow was definitely somewhere in his head. The insecurity he had to face about his career and his life in general lying in hospital was a haunting experience and he was not willing for an experience like that for the second time.
Hardik Pandya has started showing that he is not just a batsman who can bowl a bit, but, he is a proper all rounder.
He has actually been performing better with the ball than with the bat in the Asia Cup.
He has got 4 wickets in 2 games at an average of 7-75 and has been India’s best bowler so far in the tournament.
He was the tormentor in chief for India bowling against Pakistan last night as he got three wickets for just 8 runs.
What’s great in Hardik is that he wants to bowl fast and he backs his strengths.
His preferred length is short of a length and he does not hesitate in banging the ball at that length even if he sees that the batsman is good against the short balls or has already pulled him for a four or a six.
In the game against Bangladesh, which was India’s opener in the tournament, Shabbir Rahman hit Hardik for a huge six pulling him in front of square.
Ahead of that, Shabbir had played a great pull shot off Nehra too in the power play.
Still, Hardik went for the short ball against Shabbir for the second time without fearing the consequences that he could be launched into the stands again.
And, guess what, he trapped Shabbir this time around as the Bangladeshi skied one straight into MS Dhoni’s gloves. Read more »
Peter Moores has finally been told to walk away by the England Cricket Board.
The 52-year old had been under the scanner for the past few months and finally, a poor result in the recent test series against West Indies cost him the job.
England did not lose that series. They drew it 1-1, but, their overall performance in the last test in Barbados was quite pathetic and the responsibility fell on Moores because he got the selections wrong there.
Moores actually could have escaped the sack if somebody other than Andrew Strauss had been appointed as the new ECB director.
But, with Strauss coming in, it was always going to be tough for Moores as the former England skipper does not share the best of relationships with him.
The new coach would not be named in a hurry. The ECB looks prepared to wait and take its time.
It has been announced that Paul Farbrace, a part of the Moores’ staff, will take over in the main role on an interim basis for the forthcoming couple of test matches versus the Black Caps.
However, Farbrace would not be given a promotion and given the job on a full time basis by the looks of it.
He might apply his name and then, will have to go through the interview, but, a direct promotion is highly unlikely.
There’s a couple of Australian former test Cricketers who might be interested in the England job. Read more »
England beat Australia in the first match of the ongoing Ashes series by a whooping margin of 169 runs.
It was the English bowlers who played the main role in that.
On a flat and slow pitch, to enforce victory in 4 days, it was really something appreciable.
Australia started their chase of 412 runs on the 4th day and Stuart Broad rocked them at the very start as he induced an edge off Chris Rodgers which was held by the safe hands of Ian Bell.
Australia carried on the fight though with David Warner and their new no. 3 Steven Smith holding the fort.
Both of them counter attacked and took the score to almost 100 before one of Moeen Ali’s arm balls provided the breakthrough to the hosts.
Warner misread the line and played for the turn. As soon as the ball hit the pads, it was always going to be out. He was right in front of the leg stump, the Australian opener.
It was such a big blow to the Kangaroos. If anyone had to win that match for them, it was Warner because of the pace at which he was churning the runs there.
The middle order of Australia showed lack of application against an attack which was much disciplined and knew exactly what was needed to be done in those conditions.
There was very rare short pitched bowling on display from England. They were rather full and right on the three sticks. Read more »
The English captain Eoin Morgan seems to be pretty confused at the moment.
Not only is he getting his team combination wrong, he is misreading the conditions as well.
He has won the toss in both the matches that he has played in the World Cup so far and both times, he has made the wrong decision.
On a flat batting deck at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against Australia, he bowled first, while, earlier today, against New Zealand when the conditions were quite conducive to bowling, he opted to bat.
That decision to bowl first against Australia was understandable to some extent. Probably it was the Mitchell Johnson factor which made him do so. But, to bat on a fresh pitch against the Kiwis, there was just no logic behind that. Read more »