England v India, Champions Trophy, final, Edgbaston June 23, 2013

Cook wonders at the calamity

Alastair Cook stroked his magnificent jawline and could not believe the manner in which England had lost a game that was theirs for the taking
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Cook stroked his magnificent superhero jawline as the Indians danced and screamed. The whites around his eyes were even more noticeable than usual. It was a look of confusion and defeat.

Maybe he was thinking back to the good old days when Ishant Sharma couldn't hit the pitch.

Because every ball from that moment on was an attack on English pride.

Ishant Sharma's slower ball started it. There have been Ishant Sharma slower balls that have ended up in fields surrounding cricket grounds. Somehow Eoin mongrelled his to midwicket. Eoin Morgan. The Eoin Morgan. Out with a chase in hand, but not won.

Ravi Bopara stood at the wicket complaining about the height of his ball for a second or two. This was Ravi's tournament, his bowling, his slogging and his ball-polishing skills. He had it all. He also had the timing and placement to hook the ball straight to R Ashwin at square leg.

Tim Bresnan has the sort of dependable face you can feel comfortable looking at in a crisis. Finally England scored another run as Bresnan sliced away a ball to third man. The refuge of the lucky man.

Now Ravi Jadeja was on: MS Dhoni's toy-sized Chuck Norris. Dhoni gave him a slip. He'd struck mad, crazy, genius, accidental luck with Sharma's wickets, but now he was hungry.

Bresnan scored a single off his hip.

It brought Buttler on strike, the back-up Morgan. The man who finishes games for Somerset. Buttler can make 19 in 11 balls look like a Sunday stretch on a sun lounger.

Instead he missed a ball by a distance. Jadeja hit the stumps. England had scored two runs in five balls. Buttler saw a ball in his arc, he tried to destroy it. It got him first.

Broad was now in, he started by hitting the ball straight to cover. There was no run. He ran anyway, then he dived, and almost ripped his shoulder out of his socket only to look up and see that Jadeja had taken the ball in front of the stumps and not even worried about the run out. It was as if he'd know there would be more chances.

The next ball would have three.

Ball 18.4 of the innings was a cricket representation of choking. Jadeja darted it in. Bresnan almost swept himself off his feet. India went up for the LBW. Bresnan panicked and left his crease. Tucker gave the lbw not out. Bresnan stopped. Broad kept running. Then Bresnan slipped. Rohit Sharma ran him out.

All it needed was an actual banana skin.

If India wanted to know exactly what was going through England's head, they'd seen an exact recreation. Had England won the game from that moment onwards, India would not have been able to look anyone in the eyes again.

Tredwell, the man least likely to save the woman from the oncoming train, was now slogging wildly, almost getting run out, and adding one run to the total.

Broad timed a ball, the first one timed since Ravi's hook, but hit it so well that a second run was not possible. Not that they didn't flirt with a run out. At this stage the running between the wickets could have only been more dangerous if they'd done it on fire.

Somehow England had played the previous ten balls so badly that they'd actually taken the pressure off themselves. They choked so hard they'd made themselves the plucky outsiders who could provide an upset.

Broad eyed up the field and decided that he would just try and hit Ashwin as hard as his arms can swing. His arms probably can't swing that hard, but hey, this is Stuart Broad, he was born for this. Instead he missed, Dhoni took off the bails, and then when Rod Tucker hesitated on the third umpire, stared him down until he did it. For the second time we had a stumping that everyone was 100% sure they knew the answer too, and then Oxenford pressed the random generator and Broad was saved.

Hitting Ashwin on this pitch was like trying to pick the eyes out of a cheetah with BBQ tongs. So it was nice that Ashwin gave England their one big chance, and took the pitch out of the equation and Broad swept it for four.

Now every single person in the world who was watching the cricket knew that Stuart Broad was going to sweep. Dhoni brought in mid off, sent out the square leg. Hitting Ashwin over mid off on a pitch like this for a left hander would take a robot with alien technology. England had a sweeping bowling allrounder who'd faced four balls. Ashwin went short, Broad clunked it, took one.

Tredwell again. There is no casting agent in the world that would ever pick Tredwell for this moment. Not against Ashwin. How would he get his bat anywhere this master tweaker? Well he'd do it as Ashwin dropped short, and Tredwell used every single fibre of his character to force the ball beyond mid off. In a not too distant past, the Indian fielder would have been slow. He would have dived over it. He wouldn't have dived in the first place. Instead Rohit Sharma chased that ball like it was his inheritance. He was Jonty Rhodes, Ricky Ponting, Trevor Penney and Clive Lloyd. The imagined four became two.

Now Tredwell had to hit a six off the man who in 3.5 overs had bowled a maiden, taken two wickets and had given away only 15 runs. Tredwell, the everyman. Frumpy. Plain. Limited. No Graeme Swann. Up against the might of India. Saving his country from the embarrassment they so richly deserved. Winning their first ever ICC 50 tournament with one big swing.

Never was a hero so unlikely. Never was a play and miss so likely.

You don't send James Tredwell out to take down a superpower.

India, superpower. Redux.

It was never supposed to be like this. Eoin Morgan was supposed to ice the game with a six over midwicket and an angry smile as Ravi Bopara jumped on him like a victorious elf God. There was to be no choke. No panic. No calamity. No loss.

Instead of being used in photos of the champions, Cook's jawline was cast as little more than a quick cutaway or a scratching post as he pondered how the hell England lost that game.

Jarrod Kimber is 50% of the Two Chucks, and the mind responsible for cricketwithballs.com

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  • POSTED BY sssreekant on | June 24, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    One of the better cricket articles read in the recent times which had a lot of humor and agony! I am an Indian, but my heart goes out to reach the English fans because we know how it feels when your team loses like this. The Indian team has lost a lot like this during the 90's (i can recollect at least one example - the ODI between India and Zimbabwe where Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath choked and lost the game) Thanks for a wonderful humor filled article! Keep writing sir!

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | June 24, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    Brilliant article! Great sense of humor. Rivals some of Andy Zaltzman's blogs.

    "Rohit Sharma chased that ball like it was his inheritance"

    "Maybe he was thinking back to the good old days when Ishant Sharma couldn't hit the pitch"

    "Tredwell used every single fibre of his character to force the ball beyond mid off"

    .... simply priceless!!!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 26, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Jarod - How come Tredwell's foot is going through the stumps in the picture!!!

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | June 25, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    The match simply turned like a fairytale in the 3rd last over bowled by Ishant Sharma like the twist in the tale of an enthralling Hollywood thriller.It proved how much the game is played in the mind with England knowing exactly how to lose a game and in contrast India knowing how to win it.The turning pitch had an important bearing on the result.

  • POSTED BY abhinavpraneet on | June 25, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    What an amusing and honestly humorous article! Reading this article made India's victory even sweeter for me! Thanks JK!!

  • POSTED BY Speedwheels on | June 24, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    This article beautifully captures the last few minutes of the match. Humorous but also lets the viewer re-live what was a sensational game of cricket. Nice.

  • POSTED BY Sigismund on | June 24, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Jarrod, some hope for you at last. You have been brave, noble and gracious in the face of The Australian Calamity. But what's this? CA have stolen the limelight from England's ridiculous uselessness; not even a day for the Aussie papers to celebrate (looking forward to your comments on that btw). Thank god for the Internet and your chance to sneak some notice in.

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | June 24, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Just on the basis of batting I had India winning this match...There was some doubt that English quicks may be able to save England, but the way India was playing (bat,bowl,field) in a 50 over match it was going to be tough for England, but in a 50 over match they had a chance.

    Now on a 20 over match, English did not stand a chance in the world. All the Indian coming out of IPL were ready and knew how to manage situations, English just did not know how to manage, and panicked....

  • POSTED BY agstiger on | June 24, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Awesome article....Its only a game after all. Some humor serves a lot of good. For me the best part is "Now Ravi Jadeja was on: MS Dhoni's toy-sized Chuck Norris"...fabulous!

  • POSTED BY FaninPA on | June 24, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Brilliant article... loved it... ..

  • POSTED BY sssreekant on | June 24, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    One of the better cricket articles read in the recent times which had a lot of humor and agony! I am an Indian, but my heart goes out to reach the English fans because we know how it feels when your team loses like this. The Indian team has lost a lot like this during the 90's (i can recollect at least one example - the ODI between India and Zimbabwe where Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath choked and lost the game) Thanks for a wonderful humor filled article! Keep writing sir!

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | June 24, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    Brilliant article! Great sense of humor. Rivals some of Andy Zaltzman's blogs.

    "Rohit Sharma chased that ball like it was his inheritance"

    "Maybe he was thinking back to the good old days when Ishant Sharma couldn't hit the pitch"

    "Tredwell used every single fibre of his character to force the ball beyond mid off"

    .... simply priceless!!!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 26, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Jarod - How come Tredwell's foot is going through the stumps in the picture!!!

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | June 25, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    The match simply turned like a fairytale in the 3rd last over bowled by Ishant Sharma like the twist in the tale of an enthralling Hollywood thriller.It proved how much the game is played in the mind with England knowing exactly how to lose a game and in contrast India knowing how to win it.The turning pitch had an important bearing on the result.

  • POSTED BY abhinavpraneet on | June 25, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    What an amusing and honestly humorous article! Reading this article made India's victory even sweeter for me! Thanks JK!!

  • POSTED BY Speedwheels on | June 24, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    This article beautifully captures the last few minutes of the match. Humorous but also lets the viewer re-live what was a sensational game of cricket. Nice.

  • POSTED BY Sigismund on | June 24, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Jarrod, some hope for you at last. You have been brave, noble and gracious in the face of The Australian Calamity. But what's this? CA have stolen the limelight from England's ridiculous uselessness; not even a day for the Aussie papers to celebrate (looking forward to your comments on that btw). Thank god for the Internet and your chance to sneak some notice in.

  • POSTED BY immi2711 on | June 24, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Just on the basis of batting I had India winning this match...There was some doubt that English quicks may be able to save England, but the way India was playing (bat,bowl,field) in a 50 over match it was going to be tough for England, but in a 50 over match they had a chance.

    Now on a 20 over match, English did not stand a chance in the world. All the Indian coming out of IPL were ready and knew how to manage situations, English just did not know how to manage, and panicked....

  • POSTED BY agstiger on | June 24, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Awesome article....Its only a game after all. Some humor serves a lot of good. For me the best part is "Now Ravi Jadeja was on: MS Dhoni's toy-sized Chuck Norris"...fabulous!

  • POSTED BY FaninPA on | June 24, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Brilliant article... loved it... ..

  • POSTED BY Naikan on | June 24, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    This article is a perfect example of what makes Cricket such good reading - The game not only has some of the best writers in sport but is unmatched by any other sport in terms of being written about. Great article.

  • POSTED BY AlbertPintoGussaHua on | June 24, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    "Ball 18.4 of the innings was a cricket representation of choking. Jadeja darted it in. Bresnan almost swept himself off his feet. India went up for the LBW. Bresnan panicked and left his crease. Tucker gave the lbw not out. Bresnan stopped. Broad kept running. Then Bresnan slipped. Rohit Sharma ran him out.

    All it needed was an actual banana skin."

    LOL!

    Who needs P.G. Wodehouse when we have J. Kimber.

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | June 24, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Most enjoyable writing to match a most enjoyable game. But there was a missed opportunity for the most outrageous of farcical endings that only Stuart Broad appeqared to spot, and Treadwell in particular seemed to be completely oblivious. After his swing-and-a-miss at the last ball, Dhoni started to celebrate before the ball had been fielded., and suddenly the stumps at the strikers end vanished - Kohli deservedly got one of them. No doubt the other set were grabbed at the same time. So, how do you get a run-out when both sets of stumps are on the way to the victory dias? Treadwell should have started running . . .

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | June 24, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Brilliant Article!! Really enjoyed reading it. Not because i am an Indian supporter but because the last few overs are described so beautifully that you do not loose interest and have to read till the last line. Super Work by the Author!

  • POSTED BY Edmund_Robinson on | June 24, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Amusing article, though some of the praise being heaped on it makes you wonder how much cricket journalism some have read. Can't agree with the following though. "He'd struck mad, crazy, genius, accidental luck with Sharma's wickets, but now he was hungry." Harsh on Dhoni. Both wickets obviously clearly thought-out plans. Huge gambles on Dhoni's part as he was playing to both Morgan and Bopara's strengths. Gambles came off as Sharma got both balls absolutely spot on. Look at the two wides Sharma bowled at Morgan after switching to go round the wicket. Clear plan to try to tempt Morgan to risk his favourite shot against a very wide ball. He did just that as Sharma got his line exactly right - not quite a wide but wide enough for Morgan to get the toe end. Then Bopara who had been using the hook as his main scoring shot. Sharma got the bouncer just right. Completely straight and just above head height. Result - Bopara not in control and out. After that, as you say, India were favourites.

  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | June 24, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    I reckon ... South Africa could've represented the same scenario as they are the master chokers ... or are they ... or is that title now England's ... maybe just maybe if Eoin and Ravi were cloned for the batsmen walking out to replace them they may have had an inkling of a chance ... but then the other Ravi ... the one in blue was India's trump card ... along wish Ashwin ... Imagine three overs of spin at the death of a T20 ... in South Africa with South Africa in the final ... I would say India would have taken it here too ...

  • POSTED BY London_Meistry on | June 24, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Damn, what a great article, it is filled with humour and truth. I do like the fact that Mr. Kimber didn't hesitate in using the word "Choke" as compared to many of the English commentators. The Poms CHOKED in Proteas style, that was a Classic choke, the best to watch since World Cup Semi Final 1999. The difference between the Poms and the Proteas' losses is that the Poms CHOKED whilst the Proteas were lambasted! Just goes to show that this is sport, no one was born with the ability to handle pressure, we just learn as time goes and the Proteas will one day claim a 50 over format, for now, England must just keep quite! Congratulations to India, they are disserved Champs!

  • POSTED BY Kulaputra on | June 24, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    There are several ways of reducing pain for an English cricket fan. This author chose to write this masterpiece. Every line of humour brings out the agony he must have felt. The best of the lot was Oxenford's random number generator - a revelation in how third umpires work. Keep up the humour Sir. Normally, I have no sympathy for the English. Today, thanks to you, I have sympathy for the fans.

    For the record, this is the second time I have seen an English team choke. The first was in Bangalore during WC 2011. England managed to contrive a tie from a winning position. (May be India did not want to win it either that day).

  • POSTED BY sportsrus on | June 24, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    @venkatesh018, Jarrod is an Aussie not a Pom, so I'm guessing he won't be as gutted as you imagine

    "Rohit Sharma chased the ball like it was his inheritance"...take a bow Mr. Kimber!

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | June 24, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    I know you must be gutted inside with this loss, Jarrod. But loved every word of this hilarious post...

  • POSTED BY testmatchonly on | June 24, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    "..and then Oxenford pressed the random generator.." that one was absolutely hilarious from the context of the match. Was tumbling on the floor laughing. One of the funniest cricket articles I have read in a long time.

  • POSTED BY ilovecric on | June 24, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Amazing piece of article ... excellent use of words .. thanks .. you made my day .. gonna read it again

  • POSTED BY tushar_art on | June 24, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    I'm not a fan of India or England cricket team but this has to be the best article I've read in a very long time. Master stroke!

  • POSTED BY PeterJerome on | June 24, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    "Now Ravi Jadeja was on: MS Dhoni's toy-sized Chuck Norris." Aptly said that.

  • POSTED BY prasad_shukla on | June 24, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Funniest line....." For the second time we had a stumping that everyone was 100% sure they knew the answer too, and then Oxenford pressed the random generator and Broad was saved".....oh man great article....

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | June 24, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    "Hitting Ashwin on this pitch was like trying to pick the eyes out of a cheetah with BBQ tongs"!!! :-)

  • POSTED BY veerang on | June 24, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    this article surely reduce the pain n agony the england supporters r going through.I fill for them as we went through it many times. we all loves our cricket, but its the love for 'the motherland'the proud we fill as people of a nation that makes it so disturbing, so agonizing,so personale.the game makes way for war, and war has never brought ''happiness, fun or joy'' the main motive we play ''a game'' for. May peace be upon us.............................

  • POSTED BY dnisal on | June 24, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Very well written article...was fun to read this one.

    "Broad timed a ball, the first one timed since Ravi's hook, but hit it so well that a second run was not possible. Not that they didn't flirt with a run out. At this stage the running between the wickets could have only been more dangerous if they'd done it on fire"

  • POSTED BY Wacco on | June 24, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Hilarious piece....keep them coming!

  • POSTED BY sundar411 on | June 24, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Great article. British may have lost their cricketing flair, but not their superb sense of humour.

  • POSTED BY sailorsupreme on | June 24, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Hialrious stuff! How the English choked could never have been better described. Maybe Kimber should have described the Ishant over in more detail. Ishant was hell bent on bowling another wide and Morgon quietly fetched it from way outside off stump to deposit it safely in mid wicket's hands. But Ishant was blind to the developments around him. The next ball was an attempt to keep it out of the batsman's reach. Bopara hooked and with a roll of his wrist he brought it down and the ball ended in square legs hands. If he had just hooked like the Indians play the upper slash, the bowl would have gone outside the park but Bopara played the shot as it is played in the manual and Ishant had two wickets in two balls. Luckily he did not choke on that.Ishant must realize that his hard work has brought him this slice of fame. He should not end up like Ajit Agarkar who was a bowler in a similar mould.

  • POSTED BY rahulphogat on | June 24, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    gr8 article...never stopped laughing....

  • POSTED BY SachinIsTheGreatest on | June 24, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    "...the random generator..." has to be the phrase of the century! Totally hilarious article and even funnier reading it on the backdrop of a great Indian win ;-)

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | June 24, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    No one would have been surprised if England had decided to come to bat with South African colors. Being from India after looking at yesterdays match I truly believe in Karma and Destiny. It was MSD's destiny to win this match. You can lock the best cricket pundits from around the world and try and come up with logic of bowling Ishanth Sharma in THAT over and you will end up with none. All you know Dhoni might have handed the ball to Dinesh Karthick in the last over if England needed 2 to win and he might have scooped 6 wickets in 6 balls. It was CRAZY.

  • POSTED BY prashant2390 on | June 24, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    wow what a article..."Now Ravi Jadeja was on: MS Dhoni's toy-sized Chuck Norris..."Tredwell, the man least likely to save the woman from the oncoming train, was now slogging wildly....."Tredwell again. There is no casting agent in the world that would ever pick Tredwell for this moment. Not against Ashwin......thank you sir you made my day...great work..

  • POSTED BY tickcric on | June 24, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    After waking up today I have been searching the one perfect article to read and rejoice in the victorious fans spirit!!! Lo, behold Kimber delivers it. Superb article, had great fun reading. "Hitting Ashwin over mid off on a pitch like this for a left hander would take a robot with alien technology" - simply out of the world humour!

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | June 24, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    "India, superpower. That one word sums up India's performance in the tournament and why they are the World champs and #1 ODI team.

  • POSTED BY aklal on | June 24, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    good article written in light mood with excellent uses of words. i like it

  • POSTED BY MJ1234 on | June 24, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Hilarious. Just couldnt stop laughing and I re-read it all over again. The 'random generator' was in the face.

  • POSTED BY striker_force on | June 24, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    H i l a r i o u s ! Gem of an article, I wouldnt have enjoyed as much had I watched action instead of reading it !

  • POSTED BY VickGower on | June 24, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Started laughing at the beginning, and never stopped. Well done.

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | June 24, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Nicely penned. Only found the title funny. Alastair Cook stroked his magnificent jawline and could not "belief the manner"? Is that right, or just bad editing? I for one cannot 'belief' that someone who has written such a good piece can err in the title.

  • POSTED BY cricmatters on | June 24, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    It was a brave decision and it was RIGHT decision that did justice to this game. Ian Bell was out and he was given out. I know some people tried to hide behind the technicality of the game by bells not removed from groove etc.. but the right decision for game was made. Here is a clue for technical committee for ICC, if the ball hits the stumps in a runout or stumping, its OUT, forget about bails as they have a mind of their own. I have seen clean bowds not given out because for some funny rules about bails.. Bails can have their moments in glory but you have to sort this game out for future generations... Make the rules simple.. ball hits stumps END OF STORY.

  • POSTED BY skWeb on | June 24, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Very nice writeup of the final thrilling moments...great.

  • POSTED BY cricketist on | June 24, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Amazing lines.. Love the story-telling style. One of the very entertaining reads on Cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY street_smart on | June 24, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Superbly written Jarrod.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | June 24, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Saving his country from the embarrassment they so richly deserved???? Well they actually deserved to be embarassed...for mouthing off and not showing respect to opponents.

    Now who are the chokers? eh!...5 times in major events where England has failed to proceed any further. Good luck with that.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | June 24, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    I am an Indian supporter from the US and I stopped watching after the Ishant over when he got hit for six and bowled two wides - JUST before he took those two wickets. When I next switched on the TV screen, Ashwin had just bowled that last ball of the match, Tredwell had missed and I saw the priceless leap from Dhoni in celebration. I am still bewildered how Eng lost this game (happy, though!).

  • POSTED BY raiden0411 on | June 24, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    "Cook stroked his magnificent superhero jawline" I always thought he would be perfect to play Superman.

  • POSTED BY nelarowantri on | June 24, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    If Ravi Bopara played for any other country than England he would have been described with more respect. He deserved it. " his ball polishing skills" ... "Jumping around like an Elf God" Common Kimber are you stuck in the pre-world war era?? Why don't you use those / such adjectives for Cook, Bresnan, or Eoin himself. I hope Cricinfo posts my comment. Thanks to Cricinfo for keeping the awesome cricketing world well entertained.

  • POSTED BY amitgarg78 on | June 24, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    England = New Chokers? Guess SA must be LOL.

  • POSTED BY mk49_van on | June 23, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    If there facebook I would 'like' it!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | June 23, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    Absolutely hilarious Jarrod. England looked funny for the final 15 minutes. I bet the South African team are dancing and hopping like bunny rabbits following this result. England really choked. If people think otherwise, then please kindly provide me with any video footage you may have to prove me wrong. Sure, there have been many but after the 1999 world cup semi final in which SA 'lost' to Australia, this has got to take the cake.

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | June 23, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Wow! What an amusing desciption of the events that unfolded in the final stages of the match! I am an Indian fan, but I must say that Ishant was a bit lucky with "those" two dismissals. He was having a bad over and was feeling nervous. He had already bowled a couple of wides. How in the world Morgan and Bopara got out? Those two balls changed the match completely.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | June 23, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Too harsh writing against England. The game could have gone either way till the last ball.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | June 23, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Too harsh writing against England. The game could have gone either way till the last ball.

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | June 23, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Wow! What an amusing desciption of the events that unfolded in the final stages of the match! I am an Indian fan, but I must say that Ishant was a bit lucky with "those" two dismissals. He was having a bad over and was feeling nervous. He had already bowled a couple of wides. How in the world Morgan and Bopara got out? Those two balls changed the match completely.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | June 23, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    Absolutely hilarious Jarrod. England looked funny for the final 15 minutes. I bet the South African team are dancing and hopping like bunny rabbits following this result. England really choked. If people think otherwise, then please kindly provide me with any video footage you may have to prove me wrong. Sure, there have been many but after the 1999 world cup semi final in which SA 'lost' to Australia, this has got to take the cake.

  • POSTED BY mk49_van on | June 23, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    If there facebook I would 'like' it!

  • POSTED BY amitgarg78 on | June 24, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    England = New Chokers? Guess SA must be LOL.

  • POSTED BY nelarowantri on | June 24, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    If Ravi Bopara played for any other country than England he would have been described with more respect. He deserved it. " his ball polishing skills" ... "Jumping around like an Elf God" Common Kimber are you stuck in the pre-world war era?? Why don't you use those / such adjectives for Cook, Bresnan, or Eoin himself. I hope Cricinfo posts my comment. Thanks to Cricinfo for keeping the awesome cricketing world well entertained.

  • POSTED BY raiden0411 on | June 24, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    "Cook stroked his magnificent superhero jawline" I always thought he would be perfect to play Superman.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | June 24, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    I am an Indian supporter from the US and I stopped watching after the Ishant over when he got hit for six and bowled two wides - JUST before he took those two wickets. When I next switched on the TV screen, Ashwin had just bowled that last ball of the match, Tredwell had missed and I saw the priceless leap from Dhoni in celebration. I am still bewildered how Eng lost this game (happy, though!).

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | June 24, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Saving his country from the embarrassment they so richly deserved???? Well they actually deserved to be embarassed...for mouthing off and not showing respect to opponents.

    Now who are the chokers? eh!...5 times in major events where England has failed to proceed any further. Good luck with that.

  • POSTED BY street_smart on | June 24, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Superbly written Jarrod.