March 30, 2014

Twenty20 Vision

West Indies can keep on dancing

David Hopps
Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy break into a dance, Australia v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, March 28, 2014
Australia fans have said that West Indies can keep on dancing  © ICC
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West Indies can keep on dancing
Australia's coach Darren Lehmann had the good sense to take his punishment when West Indies greeted their victory against his side with a prolonged on-field dance routine. Considering they had not even qualified for the semifinals, Gangnam Style had arrived in Bangladesh a little early. 'We're in the entertainment business and if I could dance like Chris Gayle I'd be dancing every night of the week," said Lehmann.

Lehmann is actually surprisingly light on his feet for a big man, but he is at his most contented when dispensing wisdom while sitting on a bar stool. That wisdom should include the observation that as James Faulkner had expressed a dislike for the West Indies before the match, dancing seemed a wonderfully non-violent way for West Indies to get their own back. That plus a couple of bloodcurdling sixes in the final over by Darren Sammy. It was surely Faulkner's biggest misjudgement since he High Fived his own wicketkeeper, Brad Haddin, in the eye.

Fox Sports in Australia carried out a poll among its readers to discover if they found West Indies' dance acceptable. At the latest count, nearly 80 per cent said yes. Five per cent responded: "What's Gangnam Style?"

Getting ahead of the game
Cricket equipment continues to evolve, but not everybody is content with the alternatives on offer. Mary Waldron, wicketkeeper for Ireland women, has rejected the traditional cricket helmet and replaced it with something straight out of a Sci-Fi fi battle scene.

Waldron wanted to wear protection when standing up to the stumps, but finds the traditional cricket helmet too heavy and inhibiting whenever she dives around. Her answer was basically a steel visor strapped to the back of her head. Her face is protected, but her head remains largely uncovered.

She found the solution searching the web and it has proved well worth the gamble. When she bats she uses a traditional cricket helmet.

Cricket manufacturers looking for a new product could do worse than consider it. The Mary Waldron Helmet anyone?

Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick, Slow
The ICC has been quick to suspend captains for over-rate transgressions during World Twenty20, but the scheduling must also take its share of the blame. It has been fun in Chittagong, but South Africa's match against England took more than four hours to complete as endless interruptions to dry or change the ball because of heavy dew were compounded by two floodlight failures.

Graeme Smith, the former South Africa captain, piqued by the suspension of Faf du Plessis, was quick to make the obvious point. "Chittagong getting an over rate fine from ICC?" he tweeted from @GraemeSmith49.

Everybody knows that it is not just high temperatures which can cause discomfort, but high humidity levels because the high level of water in humid air limits the body's ability to cool itself by sweating. But the dew point is an even better measure. The dew point is the temperature at which this water vapour in the air condenses into liquid water. In Chittagong there has been a lot of it about.

This story is still not flagging
Bangladesh's flag law came under scrutiny in this column a few days ago when we reported that the BCB was complying with instructions to make sure that local supporters did not wave the flags of other nations during the tournament. Foreign flags were to be confiscated from Bangladeshi nationals before entering the stadium.

Imagine the surprise therefore when occupants of the media box were presented with their own national flags. There is barely a sportswriter alive who is not tempted by a freebie. Not being entirely conversant with Bangladesh's flag laws, however, no visiting journalist was seen to unfurl them.

In the last tournament in Sri Lanka, journalists were taken aback to be instructed to stand in silence for the national anthems. Now they are being encouraged with their own national flag. It can only be a matter of time before a man from The Sun takes to a podium at an opening ceremony to sing God Save the Queen in a rich baritone.

Health and Safety anyone?
Mention that selfies were being discouraged by heavy-handed security men brought us an email about further suffering imposed upon the cricket fan. Spectators in Chittagong have also been told that sunscreen and insect repellent is also banned. Given that it has been 35C and Chittagong is in a malarial zone it seemed an unnecessary hardship. Where are Health and Safety when you need them?

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

Vanity is someone's favourite sin....isn't it? Faulkner was foolish to comment on the Windies and had them all pumped up. If Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul click than there is no beating Pakistan.....

Posted by Whispering_Holding on (March 31, 2014, 3:06 GMT)

Lehman criticized Windies celebration suggesting that he would not have been so over the top. Here is what we remember of his playing days

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/story/238930.html

no wonder he did not see much wrong with Faulkner but tried to blame the West Indies instead.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (March 31, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

its all over for west indies i am afraid. one win over aussies and they were over the moon, also sammy has been all talk talk in the media like they already won the cup. overconfidence will get them and if that does not do it then pak will :)

Posted by Diaz54 on (March 30, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

It was simply great to see Aussies dismantled. It reminded me of the 70's when West Indies played with aggression, unity and point to prove. Most neutrals would support West Indies....being a pakistani supporter I found it some how very easy to support WI, when they loose it hurt me a lot....I also enjoyed playing against them, generally well behaved sportsman compared to other nations. West Indies are favourites for Tuesdays game, they have good bowlers for the conditions and powerful batsmen. Pakistan. Bats net need to be very careful,playing Badree and santoki. I would use all spin attack. Toss may prove to be critical on em again.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

That's the way of answering big headed Faulkner..

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

That is why we are call calypso cricket team , because we play calypso , sing calypso and and will always be West Indies the people of calypso , and to put it into context we are NOT haters but lovers ! Go West Indies go , look out and see if we beat Pakistan , see they won't be any celebration like that , that celebration was just pure EMOTION , and we all humans should have it .

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

that dancing was for Mr. Faulkner for his rude comments.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

The people of the Caribbean might not have alot in comparison to other countries, but it doesn't make them any less passionate or proud. They been stuttering up until the Aussie match, when they were comprehensively beaten by India, then winning against the Banglas. But Faulkner's unwise comments takes me back to the 70s, when the late great Tony Greig made those disparaging remarks before the 1976 test series in England. Whether it's the legendary Fire in Babylon squad or the declining, inconsistant, but dangerous class of 2014, they will channel their frustration and annoyance when a fellow-professional is being disrespectful. That might just be the kick up the backside they need to progress in the tournament, although the crucial matchup against the talented, but unpredictable Pakistanis will be up for grabs to qualify from this tough group.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

West indies should give pak some pace dont make the same mistake like wat we did vs india

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

I think west lndies should keep the dancing for final not now

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David Hopps
David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.

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