Hello and hi. Am assuming you know a little about cricket. No? Well today you are going to learn. Yes. Yes, you are. I have previously blogged about cricket. I am by no means a cricket expert. I do not play cricket. But I do watch it on TV and I have seen it played many, many times at The Oval, Lords and other places-too many to list. Erm…ok I have mostly watched it on the telly. Out of duress. There was nothing on. I had no choice. I was forced. I think you get the point. That being said, this is what happened in the world of English cricket.
England recently lost to India in Test Cricket. England played well but India played better. In honest, gut-wrenching defeat, England Captain Alaistar Cook remarked, post-defeat, ‘credit to India.’ Yes. Yes, indeed. If Cook was American, he would have said something like: ‘good job!’ or ‘congrats’-that is called being a good loser (if there is such a thing) but seeing that he is English he said ‘credit to India.’ India is kind of having a cash crisis right now-Prime Minister Modi is making it difficult for people to withdraw money from ATM’s. This means that Indian people really ARE using credit instead of cash. But, I digress.
So, England lost to India. Bad. How bad? Really bad. In my lay opinion there were a couple of reasons for this. Saturn was in Mercury. The Winter Soltice is nearly upon us. And the price of gold is at an all time low. While these are potentially credible reasons why England lost, the main reason had to do with the condition of the pitch. You see, the pitch conditions in India actually favour spin bowling and the batsmen that can handle that type of bowling (spin). So, the reason was the pitch. Even England Ex-Captain Michael Vaughan agreed and was quoted as saying, ‘India are a better team in these conditions. Even if England played an extra batsman, they’d probably lose.’ Yikes. The truth hurts. Vaughan referenced the conditions…he was referring to the pitch. Yes. Yes, he was. Here is Michael Vaughan pictured below.
Image: Sports Journalists Association
So, to sum it up, this happened:
- England 400& 195: Ashwin 6-55, Root 77
- India 631:Kohli 235, Vijay 136, J Yadav 104
- India win by an innings and 36 runs
So, that’s it. Like Captain Cookie said, “credit to India” …as for me, I say: ‘Well played, chaps. Now- you must NOT gloat. That would be bad. You won fair and square. Just don’t gloat about it. Nobody likes a gloater. It is just not cricket. No. No, it is not. That is all .
India Cricket Team pictured below: