December 31, 2010

The travesty, the 'trick, the tape

Part two of ESPNcricinfo's editors' picks of the best and worst in cricket in 2010
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Sambit Bal

editor

Best: Two snorters in Durban
Durban showed that not too many batsmen, even those brought up on bowler-friendly surfaces, enjoy bounce and movement. Two balls will stay in the memory. Dale Styen got Rahul Dravid with one that swung late, pitched on middle, kicked off a length, kissed the thumb and lobbed gently up to the wicketkeeper. And Sreesanth, bowling his best spell of the series thus far, nailed Jacques Kallis with a snorter that left no time or space for Kallis to drop his wrists. If the two great technicians (and IPL team-mates) got together to watch the replays of these dismissals, they would draw comfort from the knowledge that they could have done no better: those were balls with wickets written on them.

Worst: Encroaching ads
All the "innovations" by cricket broadcasters in India. Not only do we now get the occasional ads thrown in in between balls, but also simulcasts of sorts, where ads share the screen with live match pictures - in the form of L-shaped wrappers at times, and at others popping up either side of the batsman just as the ball is being delivered. Pity the viewers don't have the right to pull out.

Brydon Coverdale

assistant editor

Best: Siddle's hat-trick
The first day of an Ashes series needs something to get the tongues wagging, be it a big hundred, a five-for, or, if all else fails, an opening delivery that troubles nobody but second slip. This time around it was a hat-trick, and Peter Siddle had the Gabba abuzz. First he had Alastair Cook caught at slip, then he was too fast and straight for Matt Prior, who lost his middle stump, and then the moment came with another yorker, which rapped Stuart Broad on the foot in front. As the umpire's finger went up, the crowd went wild and not even a delay while the decision was reviewed could detract from the moment. The match petered out to a draw and Siddle couldn't maintain his high, but it was a fine way to start a series.

Worst: Australia's sub-100 totals
Until July only once in the previous 53 years had Australia been bowled out for less than 100 batting first in a Test. It's now happened twice in six months. The first day against Pakistan at Headingley was one of Australia's worst in recent memory, after Ricky Ponting won the toss and batted in conditions seriously favouring Pakistan's swing bowlers. The result - all out for 88, and Pakistan had passed the total by stumps. Fast forward to Boxing Day and with the Ashes on the line, Australia were sent in and skittled for 98. The two occasions were part of a wider trend of Australia's top order becoming less reliable than it has been for a couple of decades. They can't fix the problems until they learn how to play quality swing bowling.

Sharda Ugra

senior editor

Best: Tendulkar's 200
With the blessings of Twenty20, the first ODI 200 was coming soon and bets were on that some Gen Next dude was going to get to it in, like, 150 balls. Tendulkar's ODI prime had been fixed at 1998 and his next big ODI thing was surely to be 50 centuries. With due deference, no one had contemplated what he suddenly produced, without warning or notice, during a three-match ODI series against South Africa. Watched over by Gwalior's old fort, Tendulkar lit up the night, his audience, all of India and cricket itself. It was an innings that tore through the record books and left our imaginations standing. The bowling attack read: Steyn, Parnell, Langeveldt, Kallis, van der Merwe and Duminy. The range of strokes against them belonged to the Peter Pan who still lives inside cricket's most seasoned batsman. When the innings ended, Tendulkar had scored 200 in 147 balls, half his team's total. It set up India's win, in the game and series. His work was done. He put his bat under his arm, walked off and didn't play another ODI all year. It was late February and this innings was to be Tendulkar's message: That's the standard now, boys. Beat it.

Worst: The Mazhar Majeed videotape
It wasn't even about cricket. Not at first sight anyway, not with the sound turned down. There was no sign of cricket on the screen for the first minute. It was just two guys in a room, having a conversation around a coffee table. One on camera, the other taking notes. When the cricket followed - not too much of it, two clips of 30-35 seconds each - it looked as if it had been scripted in that room, from that room. The tape ended with 90 seconds of one man making 14 stacks of currency notes, each worth 10,000, on the table. To watch Mazhar Majeed at work was like being hit with altitude sickness without leaving home. Nausea, giddiness, dread. Was it worse than hearing about the Hansie Cronje tapes? Yes. Because cricketers had been warned about men like Majeed, given hotlines, safety nets, reasonable wages when compared to their fellow citizens. Innocence and guilt are sorted out in law courts but suspicion and betrayal are the heart's own instinctive business.

Martin Williamson

executive editor

Best: England turning the tables on Australia
I can remember following 11 Ashes series in Australia from the UK, and the general routine, when not working on matches, has been to wake up early in the morning to the seemingly endless news of Australian triumphs and English wretchedness, and then to skulk back to bed and hope it was all a nightmare. All that was forgotten on Boxing Day, when the UK woke to the news of one of the most one-sided days of Test cricket ever. Australia bowled out for 98 and England 157 for 0. I watched the highlights three times and still could not believe it. It's been a long time coming and all the sweeter because of it.

Worst: The Associates being booted out of the World Cup
The utterly self-motivated decision of the three or four boards who run world cricket to make the World Cup an event for just 10 countries from 2015 had nothing to do with the demands of TV or logistics. It was all about money, and ensuring the top countries kept it all. The World Cup won't be shorter, and nor will it in any sense be a World Cup. No other sport with global aspirations would even think about shutting out 95% of its members, and that cricket did so was a sign of how morally bankrupt those running the game have become.

Dileep Premachandran

associate editor

Best: Hashim Amla in Kolkata
Back at the venue where he had struggled five years earlier on debut, Amla struck a gorgeous stroke-filled hundred on the opening day. By the time he came to the crease on day four, though, survival was the name of the game. He ended the day on 49. On the final day, even as his team-mates struggled against Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra, he carried on with the resolve of a man trekking across the desert. Try as they might, and they tried everything, India couldn't get him out. By the time Morne Morkel fell leg-before to give India a Cinderella-hour victory, Amla had faced 394 balls and batted 499 minutes for his 123. Defiance doesn't come any better.

Worst: Lalit Modi's theatrics after the IPL final
In response to being handed his papers after the IPL final, Modi produced a I-have-a-dream-like speech. It was hard to say which was more pitiable, the BCCI's determination to spit on their own doorstep, or a chancer's attempt to imbue himself with statesmanlike qualities.

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  • pradeep_dealwis on January 1, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    the best? Murali's 800th wicket.

  • Faraz99 on January 1, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    I didn't even surrised that why only 2 Asian Teams PK/IND are against of UDRS...I think every one knows if UDRS in Durban test SA would have been 2-0 & If UDRS in AUS-PK test which PK easily won could have been AUS Victory. I just surprised the influence of IND/PK on ICC that they even manage to avoid UDRS on away tours ex: PK in NZ & IND in SA...WHY ...WHY ICC did accept this kind of influence??? I believe if there are UDRS than PK could hardly manage a Victory over any reasonable side.

  • on January 1, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Sambit bal should get a petriotic award from India for this article. For him Sreesanth spell is better then Pakistan getting Australia out for 88 or Gayle triple century. A good bouncer by an Indian bowler could be biggest thing for Indians, since theire fastest bowler bowl at speed of 130's and since usually their bouncers are as easy as a ten year boy bowling, but for other countries it's not that important. The two Pakistani columinst should learn a lesson from this article, since usually you have to see them coming out of their shells only when something is going against Pakistan.

  • South_Indian on January 1, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @WindiesWillow, it is indeed sad that there is no mention of Gayle. But in this site, they publish articles mainly on Tendulkar and India my friend. For every article on non-Indians, there are ten articles on Tendulkar and India, and they are very creative to "make up" so many articles on Tendulkar out of no significance. May be pressure from website sponsors???

  • on January 1, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    @Itsallaboutcricket.... Its all about how they got money for no ball...

  • Itsallaboutcricket on December 31, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Arent the comments a bit biased ?? Australians are bringing Australia under focus. English are doing the same. Indians Praising Indians & Offending Pakistani's. Though Pakistan, with a new captain and the Youngest team you would ever see, Beat Australia, The Giants of the game, Which actually their downfall. Beaten by a Young Pakistani team, they proceeded to India and get thrashed. Razzaq's Century was something that will never be seen again. Asif & Amir rattling Australia for 88. Something repeated after 53 Years. Amir becoming the Youngest to take 5 wickets in Lords, The kabba of Cricket. CricInfo being the Leading cricketing website, Should not be Biased.

  • on December 31, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    As a baseballer - I was happy to hear that the 'minnows' have been excluded from the WC. That's how to weaken a game a s a global spectacle ! MLB is trying to bring the 'minnows' into the 'bigs' !

  • ansh_sachfan on December 31, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    @sundaram- I agree.. Ashes are so much more fun to watch than Ind-SA.Its the bradcaster which makes the difference. I can compare it with watching EPL over La-Liga.Just because the coverge of EPL is far better(at least I feel)...

  • Mannix16 on December 31, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    @sundaram after the game, pollock and Mbangwa were actually talking about all that for 1 hr + in 20 minute intervals. What channel do you have because it was on tensport

  • pipsonian on December 31, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    The best was Pakistan winning a test against Australia after 15 years. If proven, the worst would be the NOTW episode otherwise the worst was the no ball by Sri Lankan bowler to deny Sehwag his century.

  • pradeep_dealwis on January 1, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    the best? Murali's 800th wicket.

  • Faraz99 on January 1, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    I didn't even surrised that why only 2 Asian Teams PK/IND are against of UDRS...I think every one knows if UDRS in Durban test SA would have been 2-0 & If UDRS in AUS-PK test which PK easily won could have been AUS Victory. I just surprised the influence of IND/PK on ICC that they even manage to avoid UDRS on away tours ex: PK in NZ & IND in SA...WHY ...WHY ICC did accept this kind of influence??? I believe if there are UDRS than PK could hardly manage a Victory over any reasonable side.

  • on January 1, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Sambit bal should get a petriotic award from India for this article. For him Sreesanth spell is better then Pakistan getting Australia out for 88 or Gayle triple century. A good bouncer by an Indian bowler could be biggest thing for Indians, since theire fastest bowler bowl at speed of 130's and since usually their bouncers are as easy as a ten year boy bowling, but for other countries it's not that important. The two Pakistani columinst should learn a lesson from this article, since usually you have to see them coming out of their shells only when something is going against Pakistan.

  • South_Indian on January 1, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @WindiesWillow, it is indeed sad that there is no mention of Gayle. But in this site, they publish articles mainly on Tendulkar and India my friend. For every article on non-Indians, there are ten articles on Tendulkar and India, and they are very creative to "make up" so many articles on Tendulkar out of no significance. May be pressure from website sponsors???

  • on January 1, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    @Itsallaboutcricket.... Its all about how they got money for no ball...

  • Itsallaboutcricket on December 31, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Arent the comments a bit biased ?? Australians are bringing Australia under focus. English are doing the same. Indians Praising Indians & Offending Pakistani's. Though Pakistan, with a new captain and the Youngest team you would ever see, Beat Australia, The Giants of the game, Which actually their downfall. Beaten by a Young Pakistani team, they proceeded to India and get thrashed. Razzaq's Century was something that will never be seen again. Asif & Amir rattling Australia for 88. Something repeated after 53 Years. Amir becoming the Youngest to take 5 wickets in Lords, The kabba of Cricket. CricInfo being the Leading cricketing website, Should not be Biased.

  • on December 31, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    As a baseballer - I was happy to hear that the 'minnows' have been excluded from the WC. That's how to weaken a game a s a global spectacle ! MLB is trying to bring the 'minnows' into the 'bigs' !

  • ansh_sachfan on December 31, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    @sundaram- I agree.. Ashes are so much more fun to watch than Ind-SA.Its the bradcaster which makes the difference. I can compare it with watching EPL over La-Liga.Just because the coverge of EPL is far better(at least I feel)...

  • Mannix16 on December 31, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    @sundaram after the game, pollock and Mbangwa were actually talking about all that for 1 hr + in 20 minute intervals. What channel do you have because it was on tensport

  • pipsonian on December 31, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    The best was Pakistan winning a test against Australia after 15 years. If proven, the worst would be the NOTW episode otherwise the worst was the no ball by Sri Lankan bowler to deny Sehwag his century.

  • Metman on December 31, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    @Sambit,Well done ! I am from the WI ,watching the Ashes,and on our local TV,they were breaking every over,sometimes before the over has ended,and after every wicket falls.It was really disgusting.Somebody must have complained because on the last 2 days,there was no frequent interruptions.I really enjoyed the cricket after that.Before it was Ads interrupted by cricket,now we can enjoy cricket occasionly interrupted by Ads.

  • sundaram530 on December 31, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    As Kaushik Balamukundhan points out in his comments, the quality of commentary by Pollock, Wessels, Donald, and Mbangwa pales in comparison to that of the Ashes series (Benaud, Chappell, Taylor, Warne). When the Durban test was so tantalizingly poised on the fourth day, these commentators were offering no insights whatsoever into tactics of either team, state of the pitch, ball movement, etc. The fact that there is no Hawk eye or HotSpot meant that umpiring decisions could not be critically reviewed. All told, it was pretty poor covergar compared to Channel 9.

    I would have liked Ravi Shastri and Allan Donald debate the umpiring decisions, merits of the UDRS (why India is refusing to adopt it), what India/SA need to do to win the test match, why there was a relatively small crowd in Durban compared to MCG, etc. If they cannot discuss these issues, why have 'experts' doing the commentary?

  • landl47 on December 31, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    I agree entirely with Martin Williamson's 'worst' selection. I was living in Canada at the time when the elimination tournament for the 2003 World Cup took place. The final game, between Canada and Scotland, drew the first good crowd I have ever seen at a game between two associate countries. Excluding them from the tournament is going to kill any chance that cricket will develop as a major sport anywhere else in the world. A tragic and short-sighted decision.

  • WindiesWillow on December 31, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Still sad to see that no one wrote an article on Chris gayle, since he was the only person to score a triple century this year, and became only the 4th batsman in the history of the game to score two triple centuries. Jot only was it 300+ runs, it was avery entertaining knock. I guess Windies cricket doesn't matter to the rest of the world no matter how many records we hold and keep producing.

  • Azam_Ali on December 31, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Not surprised at all tht no editor was watching abdur razzaq's innings against SA .. i wonder how many times in cricket history ,we have seen anythng like that..perhaps tht was the only time..

  • WC2011Champs on December 31, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Kallis said "Bring it on".

  • Munkeymomo on December 31, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Yeah associates need to be more involved. So what if Italy vs India or Oman vs South Africa (Or even the much anticipated derby match between Australia and Papua New Guinea) seems on paper to be an hurrendous mismatch, it will give these teams a great deal of experience and apart from anything else it would give them a fantastic day, playing cricket with some of the world greats! New Zealand played Italy in the football world cup and gave the Italians a great game and got a draw out of it! A draw! With the world champions! With the greatest respect to the New Zealand football team that is a hell of a result, regardless of Italian form. So with the roles reversed in a cricket world cup could the Italians not show the same fighting spirit that the Kiwis did? More teams like Uganda, UAE, Namibia please. Qualifiers should include all 8 divisions.

  • on December 31, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Sambit, at last someone has taken reckoning of the harassment that an Indian cricket viewer suffers at the hands of the broadcaster. Ads pop in as soon as the batsman is out without even getting a single replay, poor angles, extremely incompetent commentary panel (no disrespect to Pollock, Wessels, Donald, and Mbangwa), and of course the best is ads sharing the screen as the match is progressing. They should take a leaf out of Channel 9 - clean, exciting new technology year after year, and is free-to-air for the australian public!!! In 2011, I sincerely urge writers in Cricinfo to dedicate articles tackling these peripheral issues surrounding Indian cricket (again!)...

  • CricketPissek on December 31, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    i mainly follow Sri Lanka cricket, so my best and worst are

    BEST: Mathews and Malinga and their miracle against Australia WORST: The deliberate no-ball by Randiv against Sehwag to deny him his century. SL cricket has always had pride in playing it in the right spirit, and this was a spit in the face.

  • pointofViv on December 31, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    The new advertisement policy is ridiculous during live cricket. Thanks to Mr. Bal for bringing it out. It is impossible to concentrate on the cricket when these adds pop up. They are really taking interest out. With wold cup approaching, these stupid things will grow sever. The cricket lovers are already denied the indulgence in first and last ball of the over. These adds making hell lot of mess of cricket for sure.What an idiot that person must be, who is allowing these things to continue.

  • mikeindex on December 31, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Kudos to Martin Williamson for the best 'Worst' selection. The decision to strip the competition to the top 10 is utterly outrageous, and then to have the nerve to go on calling it 'The World Cup' is insulting and hypocritical.

  • Sameer-hbk on December 31, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    @Sambit Bal Thank You. And i genuinely mean thata nd i'm sure so do many cricket fans for pointing out the way in which TV is starting to kill interest in cricket these days. It is not just the L-Shaped ads but also the fact that ads pop up even before last ball in each over goes dead or before Lunch and Tea breaks. Then there is agonizing commentry... Mr. Arun Lal, Ravi Shastri & co... Same stuff, same phrases, same nonsense.. Now we know why they put the mute button on remote...

    The coverage of the recent SA-India Series here in india is so horrible that the Ashes seem like heaven with a great commentry team, awesome technology and ads that do not cut out the last ball. I really do not like to put names, but i Hope ESPN-STAR SPORTS gets to telecast all of India's matches... And i mean that genuinely without bias towards any network!

  • on December 31, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Those bloody ads are the worst thing in history. I cringe whenever I find out that a Test series is not covered by ESPN-Star Sports, for they are the only people who understand the beauty of Test cricket, and value the game's quality. Every other broadcast company just wants to show as many ads as possible, reduce 6 ball overs to 4 ball overs, show 2 ads under the wicketkeeper's bottom, show Akshay Kumar jumping off a plane at the corner of the screen while a ball is being driven and even make the most annoying bike noise to show that 3G internet is faster. Really? Aren't viewers even considered while making these repetitive ads? Please, show what the audience is there to watch. Cricket. Not some girl mesmerized by perfume. I am sick of keeping track of the number of balls bowled so that I can mute the TV before the bike starts wrooming.

  • RPK249 on December 31, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    ya..i totally agree Sharda Ugra of best and worst.. and most eventually that ugra said on the video of pak players scam is worst of this era....

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on December 31, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    greatest moment of 2010 has to be sachins 200.

    worst moment spot fixing episode. even more so when md Aamer was generating so much hope.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on December 31, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    No room for Murali's 800th Test wicket, taken in such dramatic fashion?! Given the subcontinental flavour of Cricinfo these days (good on ya, mates!), this seems all but inexplicable.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on December 31, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    I agree with Martin, the Associates being kicked out of future World Cups is a disgrace.

  • freakygs on December 31, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    @Sambit: Great to see you ponting out the agony of TV viewers, with L shaped ads. I'd like to request your editorial team to produce an extensive feature on such marketing ploys which is killing TV viewing; like L ads, between the delivery ads. Ads as soon as the batsman touches last ball of the over and sometimes in the fifth ball itself. TV viewers also need to be respected ;)

  • South_Indian on December 31, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    That ball by Sreeshanth to get Kallis out in Durban was just a fluke. Its not like Steyn or Ameer bowling an absolute "snorter" so many times. Sreeshanth is really a below average bowler who gets his odd day to pick up wickets.

  • The_Professor on December 31, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Great stuff - although it would have been better if Kallis's photo later in the motion was used...he arches back further and raises his heels higher (forming a figure of a wrong-way-around letter C). Furthermore, although Mazhar Majeed videotape was bad news for the game, I think it was a very good thing to expose these three (I'm sure there are more) thieves in cricket. We have often suspected this from cricket players (esp Pak players & PAK CRICKET BOARD) and now it is proven. The sad part is the Pak cricket fans see it as "Pak v Rest of the World" and are defending these players - the fans should realise that these thugs have stolen from them. The Pak fans should be first in line calling for prosecution of these rascals! Give opportunities to 'clean players'.

  • South_Indian on December 31, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    BEST: All matches in which India lost, after sound thrashing by opponents, what a pleasure I must admit :)

  • on December 31, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Encroaching ads are the worst for viewers they must be banned....! (http://www.facebook.com/cricketupdates)

  • eire on December 31, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    As a fan of cricket im so glad some1 has pointed out the most self-rooted decision in cricket history or world sport. The decision of a 10team world cup is farcical and disgusting. The tournament shud be called the champions trophy, as not all members can compete. How can teams like ireland develop wid decision making like that. All thy care about is their bank accounts, and thy dont want to share with the rest. I rly hope thy beat a couple of test teams on the subcontinent in a coup of months

  • JustOUT on December 31, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    My best is Sachin scoring is 50th Century while India losing cause. :)

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  • JustOUT on December 31, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    My best is Sachin scoring is 50th Century while India losing cause. :)

  • eire on December 31, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    As a fan of cricket im so glad some1 has pointed out the most self-rooted decision in cricket history or world sport. The decision of a 10team world cup is farcical and disgusting. The tournament shud be called the champions trophy, as not all members can compete. How can teams like ireland develop wid decision making like that. All thy care about is their bank accounts, and thy dont want to share with the rest. I rly hope thy beat a couple of test teams on the subcontinent in a coup of months

  • on December 31, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Encroaching ads are the worst for viewers they must be banned....! (http://www.facebook.com/cricketupdates)

  • South_Indian on December 31, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    BEST: All matches in which India lost, after sound thrashing by opponents, what a pleasure I must admit :)

  • The_Professor on December 31, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Great stuff - although it would have been better if Kallis's photo later in the motion was used...he arches back further and raises his heels higher (forming a figure of a wrong-way-around letter C). Furthermore, although Mazhar Majeed videotape was bad news for the game, I think it was a very good thing to expose these three (I'm sure there are more) thieves in cricket. We have often suspected this from cricket players (esp Pak players & PAK CRICKET BOARD) and now it is proven. The sad part is the Pak cricket fans see it as "Pak v Rest of the World" and are defending these players - the fans should realise that these thugs have stolen from them. The Pak fans should be first in line calling for prosecution of these rascals! Give opportunities to 'clean players'.

  • South_Indian on December 31, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    That ball by Sreeshanth to get Kallis out in Durban was just a fluke. Its not like Steyn or Ameer bowling an absolute "snorter" so many times. Sreeshanth is really a below average bowler who gets his odd day to pick up wickets.

  • freakygs on December 31, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    @Sambit: Great to see you ponting out the agony of TV viewers, with L shaped ads. I'd like to request your editorial team to produce an extensive feature on such marketing ploys which is killing TV viewing; like L ads, between the delivery ads. Ads as soon as the batsman touches last ball of the over and sometimes in the fifth ball itself. TV viewers also need to be respected ;)

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on December 31, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    I agree with Martin, the Associates being kicked out of future World Cups is a disgrace.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on December 31, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    No room for Murali's 800th Test wicket, taken in such dramatic fashion?! Given the subcontinental flavour of Cricinfo these days (good on ya, mates!), this seems all but inexplicable.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on December 31, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    greatest moment of 2010 has to be sachins 200.

    worst moment spot fixing episode. even more so when md Aamer was generating so much hope.