The Heavy Ball

This, that and the other. Mostly the other

India deny keeping spin from England

And other little things we bet you didn't know had happened in cricket recently

R Rajkumar

Comments: 4 | Text size: A | A
Matthew Hayden grills chicken at a sponsor's party in Mumbai
"You can't believe it's not chicken" © AFP
Enlarge

English mystery spinner exposed
Euphoria at finding a rare English "mystery spinner" was cruelly aborted at ECB headquarters when it was revealed that the player in question drives a Ford Focus. "That just about scuppers his chances of being a mystery anything, let alone a spinner," said a spokesman for the board. "Everyone knows that to be seriously considered a mystery spinner, you should ideally be driving an Aston Martin. Hell, we would have even settled for a second-hand BMW with a well-concealed history of water damage. But a Ford Focus?" he sputtered in indignation. "And let this be a lesson to all budding mystery spinners out there," he added. "Please make your life decisions wisely. This isn't a ******* game."

Australia hoping cricket will emerge the real winner
Faced with the possibility of not winning it themselves, an insecure Australia are pinning their hopes on the game of cricket being the real winner of their series against South Africa. "If we can at least say that cricket eventually won in the end, we won't have to say that South Africa did," explained Michael Clarke. "Everyone knows that cricket is the real No. 1, anyway," he muttered unconvincingly while slowly rocking back and forth on the edge of his chair.

Batsmen to be run out by 1.6 village kilometres
If a BCCI-backed petition is approved, commentators working in Asia will be penalised for saying that a batsman has been run out by a "country mile". Instead, they will henceforth be required by law to state that the batsman has been run out by "1.6 village kilometres". "Why should we Asians be using a foreign unit of measurement in our analogies for hilarious run-outs?" said a deliciously tickled Bishan Singh Bedi. "I can't believe we didn't think of this before."

SA dossier on Australia players revealed
Not to be outdone in the secret-dossier stakes, it has been learnt that a South African profile on Australian players has also been leaked to the press. Like its Australian counterpart, the SA document apparently contains instructions on how to exploit the weaknesses of every opposition player. Interestingly, the instructions are the same for each of the Australian players: "Try to get into the head of your opponent and wage a psychological war. Mentally disintegrate the bugger. Be brutal. This is best achieved by gently reminding him as politely and as often as you can of his team's failed and hilarious dossier on South African players."

India deny keeping spin from England India's tactic of shielding spinners from England during their warm-up matches was not some evil, cynical strategy, the BCCI continues to insist. "If you say we're keeping England from facing quality spinners before the Test series, then how do you explain Harbhajan Singh's selection in the Test team?" he asked. "It doesn't take a genius to see that we're not just keeping England from facing quality spinners before the Test series but during it as well," he explained. "So what's to complain about?"

Matthew Hayden to release new cookbook
Matthew Hayden is all set to release another cookbook. This time the former cricketing giant turned TV chef and food writer has focused his culinary expertise on the delicate art of preparing and eating crow. "Crow meat is an acquired taste, to say the least," said Hayden. "For the uninitiated, it can be a bit of a challenge getting past the idea of eating the bird. Luckily I've perfected various techniques of masking the taste of crow as you force the stuff down," he added.

"Mr Hayden has had to eat crow on numerous occasions in his lifetime, so if anyone's qualified to do it, it's him," confirmed Hayden's publicist. The latest instance was as recent as two weeks ago, when the former cricketer had to endure a public backlash of sorts by fans and former colleagues alike against his outspoken statements decrying Sachin Tendulkar's being awarded the Order of Australia.

R Rajkumar tweets here

All quotes and "facts" in this article are made up, but you knew that already, didn't you?

Tell us what you think. Send us your feedback

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Comments: 4 
Posted by Harlequin. on (November 12, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

@dashamlau - none of it is funny!

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Since the day Gambhir mentioned the rank turners it was going to be the option and India kept spinners away from englishmen. On the other hand englishmen got extended sessions in the middle and that would most likely carried to main event. No doubt Ojha and Ashwin will be difficult to negotiate but they are under obligation to perform like the Indian batsmen were during the whitewash series. In the process Indian frontline batsmen did not have enough outing against english frontline bowlers and on papers Indian fast bowling is way ahead Indian fast bowling resources. Ideally there should be a very solid batting performance to give opportunity to the bowlers to bowl at and just spin wont help otherwise Bangladesh or Pakistan can win everything. Also, the likes of Ajmal and Rahman were needed to demolish englishmen and India can certainly do that with Ojha and Ashwin. For me England are the favorites as they have acclamatised while India have been defensive so far.

Posted by Dashamlau on (November 12, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

This thing about Harbhajan is not funny....it is the truth.

Posted by alwayscricketfan_Sundu on (November 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

could not stop laughing .. Very nice one Raj...

Comments have now been closed for this article

Email this page to a friend Email Feedback Feedback Print Print
More in The Heavy Ball
RSS FeedAll
  • We need sophisticated technology to deal with chucking
    Darren Berry: Still images and slow-motion replays are more effective than lab testing
  • India's Constant problem
    Rewind: How a row over the appointment of an umpire in 1982 led to the Shakoor Rana-Mike Gatting stand-off
  • Aftab's unfulfilled talent
    Mohammad Isam: Aftab Ahmed could have been a superstar for Bangladesh, but he didn't have the desire and work ethic to follow through
  • Test cricket's young Fab Four
    Martin Crowe: Kohli, Root, Smith and Williamson will take turns as the No. 1 Test batsman. So far each has shown only one technical weakness
  • Can keep, can bat
    Numbers Game: The modern wicketkeeper needs to be more than capable with the bat, and West Indies and Pakistan have had some success with them recently
  • ESPN
  • ESPNF1
  • Scrum
  • Soccernet