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Rain, rain, don't go away.

by Naked Cricket

John Hastings claims he hasn’t seen rains like this. Well, I have. Most of the week, that’s how it’s been in Goa, raining nuts, with some old score to settle with beach bums.

On Friday night I waited for four hours to board my flight out of Goa. Before that though, the flight had to land from Delhi. And for about an hour no flights landed. From Gate No. 2A to the bus was barely a few feet away – there was a canopy in place, ground staff with umbrellas, me in my running shoes. In a few seconds, I was dripping wet – it was Holi, buckets of water being hurled from all directions. The wind was wet, the rain was wet and I was wet. It was probably a good time for Wet, Wet, Wet to reunite.

Anything but cricket, buster. If Friday’s rain wasn’t rain enough, it went on to rain on Saturday. And that’s when John Hastings said, “My God I’ve never seen rain like this before”. As for the one-dayer, no matter what happens, it’ll be just another one-dayer. Which is why I say, if the game is scrapped, telecast the rain instead – Live Rain from Margao, Goa. That will be a first.

Play a truncated rain effected match – you could even brand the one-dayers as Rain Dears. Too dangerous, how about underarm bowling only, call it the Chappell Trophy. Anyone for a tennis ball, wouldn’t that be nice? At least all those spectators who line up, Fenied, will see some cricket.

Commentators can revel in informing us that the “outfield is wet”, “there is some moisture in the pitch”, “the ball will skid on to the bat” and “the ball will get wet and hard to grip for the spinners”.

For a change, one-day cricket will be funny. Staying with the same train of thought I propose one dayers in the Thar desert. After Teri maa ki, Bhajji will give us “Teri sookhi…”.

6 comments:

Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog said...

Whats he mean 'he's never seen rain like it'.

Was Hasting's not at Celtic Manor for the Ryder Cup?

In a way I hope it gets called off. That way Australia can't take any positives from this trip at all.

They may well lose the game if it goes ahead, but if it dosen't, then it's out of Aussie hands and I believe it only leaves them the home series with Sri Lanka to get some confidence ahead of the Ashes.

Keep on raining!

Govind Raj said...

Which is why I say, if the game is scrapped, telecast the rain instead – Live Rain from Margao, Goa. That will be a first.

Great Lines NC...

I Love Rains. If I have to choose between these meaningless One Day matches and Rain, I shall choose Rain.

And if I have to choose between Rain and any Cricket between India and Sri Lanka, I would choose rain !

I sincerely hope the ICC keeps a slab on number of ODIs and T-20 matches and never allow any team to play more than 20 ODIs and 15 T-20 matches in a calender year.

I also hope they make at least 10 Tests in a tear compulsory for all test playing teams to keep their test status alive !

Naked Cricket said...

Hi Dean, take it you're English.

Naked Cricket said...

Hey Govind, we'll need more than rain, a blizzard perhaps, to stop India Lanka series.

20 ODIs is very charitable, I say scrap all bilateral ODI series. Play ODIs when you have a minimum of 4 team tournaments.

For Bangladesh to play 10 tests they'll need Windies and NZL on standby thru the year.

cheers man

Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog said...

@ Naked Cricket

Yes, you would be correct to assume that.

On the point of ODI's and T20's, I agree with you both that too much limited overs cricket is played.

The India V Australia series should have been a minimum of 3 tests. It is ridiculous when test cricket is sacrificed for limited overs games.

How much test cricket and ODI's should be played is an interesting point and one I hadn't thought much about.

Maybe this test championship will make things more consistent.

Shridhar Jaju said...

"The India V Australia series should have been a minimum of 3 tests. It is ridiculous when test cricket is sacrificed for limited overs games."

Dean, much as I love to see Test cricket, I still find this comment from you unfair. One must not forget that actually 4 ODIs were sacrificed to fit in 2 Tests (it was originally scheduled to be a 7-ODI tour with no Tests).

But yes, just 2 Tests in a big series like this leaves one very dissatisfied... it happened earlier this year with India - South Africa and it's happened again now.