June 2, 2012

New Zealand cricket

Ryder must start over again

Siddhartha Talya

In the Dominion Post, Jonathan Millow says the time off from the international scene is an opportunity for Jesse Ryder, who can spend a good part of his time now playing Twenty20 and domestic cricket and try to start over. Isolation will not be a good idea, Millow adds.

What happens when your batting goes to pot? Does Ryder have the personality to walk into four foreign dressing rooms and win people over? And, perhaps most of all, how will he cope with the loneliness of a hotel room. Ryder lacks the mental toughness to handle that existence. This is not his cup of tea.

Ryder is to cricket what John Daly is to golf.

He draws people to television sets, hits the ball miles, produces miracles but you always feel there is a train smash around the next corner.


Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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