Craig Kieswetter was the man of the match when the England cricket team won their only world cricket title in 2010 – the World T20.
In the game of Somerset against Northants in 2014, the former cricket pro had a face injury that ended that career choice. The ex wicketkeeper batsman retired from the sport after he admitted that the injury had a permanent effect on his eyesight. He turned to pro golf and he has been consistent.
The 29-year old has played three tournaments already as a pro golfer barely two years after calling it quits in cricket. Kieswettersays he has reached his initial ambition when he ventured into the sport after he won a card to the MENA Tour in Asia and North Africa – a third tier tournament.
“As a cricketer, I was a good amateur golfer, playing off two or three. But it was never my idea to go pro. After retiring from cricket, I went back to see family in Cape Town and was feeling a bit lost, not knowing what to do.
“For 26 years all I’d wanted to do was be a pro cricketer. My old man said, ‘You love golf, go to the States, travel around Florida and have fun,’” Kieswetter said. (more…)
Joe Root says that the aggressive Cricket that England is playing is good, but, that shouldn’t be the way they play all the time.
They should be prepared to buckle down as well if that’s what time demands.
While Root acknowledges that England has won aplenty in the recent times playing aggressive Cricket, he believes aggression has also cost England some games.
Root is of the view that if there is a situation where you are out of the game and can’t win, but, can force a draw, there is no point showing aggression in that situation because the aggression is not gaining you anything there.
You can talk about aggression and entertainment as much as possible, but, at the end of the day, your goal is also not to be on the losing side and the supporters don’t want you to be on the losing side either. (more…)
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. (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. (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. (more…)