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AS and SA - Two peas in a pod

by Bored Guest

Andrew Symonds and Shoaib Akhtar.

The good stuff-
Two incredibly talented players. Aggresive. In you face. Match winners for their teams.

The bad stuff-
Known for breakdowns. Disciplinary problems. Sent back before the T20 World Cup.
A sad waste of immense potential really.

Both have had their central contracts revoked at some point. Both have been given a lot of opportunities by their respective boards.

Bored Question - Who will be the first one to retire?

by Megha

14 comments:

Naked Cricket said...

welcome on Bored Megha!

I think of them both as retired players, how they still play beats me - and beats their teams too

Symonds has Deccan, who does Shoiab have, oh right, the circus.

Q said...

Welcome on Bored Megha!

Sad careers them both.. I think AS may just have a bit more pride than SA to announce his retirement first. Though who knows, maybe he reckons he has one more fight left in him.

I think he's going to come out lashing against CA when he speaks. It won't be the "I made a mistake, im sorry" speeches.

Btw, I put Freddie Flintoff in the same boat as AS and SA.. 3 careers gone real bad!

straight point said...

symonds should join england as kolpak player and target playing next ashes for england...

no i am serious...

Prafs said...

it's dumbfounding how symonds can repeat the same offence over n over again....
At least Shoaib has shown the variety.... i mean late nights in pubs, batting practice thinking that your felow player is a ball, turning up late for practice....... and what(wart) not!!

Som said...

Good one indeed. I still like Symonds' accent.

Megha said...

Thanks NC!

Funny. I thought you said "retarded" instead of "retired". The eyes read what the mind wants it to!

Megha said...

Q..thanks :)

Yeah Freddie is another one....permanently injured, the whole pedalo incident etc...

I hope he does come out lashing..it will be more fun that way ;-)

Megha said...

SP

If he's coming to England I hope he stays in Birmingham...coz he moves to London, I'm going back to India!!

Ok..I didn't really mean that...

Megha said...

Prafs

Don't be so harsh on Symonds..he's got vareity too! Showing up drunk to practise session, being a victim of a vicious racial atatck, going off fishing, pub brawls, and now these incidents "minor in isolation" but good enough to send him back (I'm damn curious as too what these are!)

Megha said...

Som,

U like the Austraaylian accent mayte?

Ooh bugger! (Um..that's British)

Prafs said...

alcohol was a part of most of Symonds' capers.
But, Shoaib being the good lad that he is, doesn't need to be under influence to waste himself.

but on a more serious note,
at least Symonds did play well whenever he did make it to the field, while in Shoaibs case you have to go X years back to remember Shoaib playing through an entire tour AND having any effect on the game

Megha said...

Prafs

right ye are sir...Shoaib is probably capable of playing just T20s now...if he can find some of that magic he had before

Anusha said...

the problem children of their respective boards...

i think technically speaking SA would have retired before AS.. :P

Megha said...

"the problem children of their respective boards..."

Anusha, the trouble is that the boards don't know how to handle these misbehaving kids...maybe they need Supernanny to rescue them?