Category Archives: Humour

Monty Python on cricket

Classic stuff!

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And Gavaskar dribbled one down the leg side

The 12th Man’s Wired World of Sports, wonderful spoof cricket commentary

Aus v India ODI

Pakistani Name Routine

How the Brazil 2014 World Cup logo was conceived

Conception of the Brazil 2014 logo

Conception of the Brazil 2014 logo

The England victory ‘sprinkler dance’

Not much in evidence now as we get thrashed in the ODIs, but this was quite amusing.

Djokovic the impressionist

This is not how to run between the wickets

Great anecdote from Anand Ramachandran:

[F]ormer cricketer and uncrowned grandfather of mixed metaphors Navjot Singh Sidhu has finally revealed the true reason for his tendency to get run out, which once sparked a row between him and then skipper Mohammad Azharuddin.

“You have to realise that most of the time I was batting with K Srikkanth and Ravi Shastri. So the calling was a total disaster,” said Sidhu. “When the simple ‘yes’ and ‘no’ are replaced with ‘This is what the doctor ordered, Sherry, let’s add to the total’, or ‘No, don’t run, my dear friend, I think that’s totally suicidal. I think we better not run, my dear friend. Rukh jao, Sherry bhai’, it doesn’t quite make for quick running. Run-outs are bound to happen.”

Sidhu also sportingly refused to blame it all on his former batting partners. “I was equally bad. I once called for a brace by telling Srikkanth, ‘It’s a happy day for the gander and the goose, when good running converts ones into twos.’ Needless to say, Cheeka was duly run out. We never realised that the precious seconds we were wasting on calling could actually be spent gaining ground between the wickets” he said, explaining a great deal more than he intended.

The Long Handle – Pakistan’s batting and John Buchanan

Some amusing thoughts on England v Pakistan at Edgbaston amongst others:

The Long Handle – Andrew Hughes’ fan diary

Sunday, August 8th
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better for English cricket, it has been revealed that John Buchanan is to help the England players with their Ashes preparations. And big JB is already throwing up some fascinating ideas. For instance, the England management are said to be very keen on his five-captains-per-series proposal and are seriously considering the theories outlined in his bestselling pamphlet, “Setting Your Field the Feng Shui Way”. This innovative approach does away with the traditional method of placing fielders in areas where you expect the ball to go and instead focuses on arranging them at auspicious points on the field, to maximise the flow of cricket energy. Andrew Strauss has already implemented some of these suggestions, refusing to have more than two slips for long periods of the second Test on the grounds that negative energy usually escapes in the direction of third slip. As, from time to time, does the ball.

Tuesday, August 10th
The latest from the Pakistan camp is that coach Waqar is contemplating some radical changes ahead of the third Test. The word is that the top six in the batting order will be dropped and replaced by Mohammad Yousuf. It is believed that top-secret analysis of Pakistan’s performances so far has demonstrated that dropping all these specialist batsmen is likely to have very little effect on the outcome of future games in terms of runs scored or catches taken, whilst it will offer significant savings in hotel and laundry bills and free up much needed bickering space in the dressing room.