Great Actors

"Footballers are great actors anyway - all you have to do is touch them on the ankle and they roll over screaming for a penalty." - Kevin Pietersen, during the premiere of the new football-based film, Goal! (the movie has guest appearances from David Beckham, Alan Shearer and Zinedine Zidane)

hmm.. What do you call those fielders who deliberately go up in an orchestrated appeal at the slightest of sounds after the ball brushes past the batsman? What do you call the keeper who gathers the ball down the legside and goes for an appeal to avoid a wide being called? What do you call the batsman who points to his bat immediately after getting wrapped on the pads? What do you call the captain who deliberately slows down the over-rate by having unnecessary discussions when the going gets tough? And finally what do you call the captain who stirs up a huge controversy after being given an honest opinion by the coach and then publicly patches up with him over a game of pool?

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Blogger worma 11:12 AM

ha ha...nice one...well covered :-)    



Blogger Rohin 5:46 PM

Ah but cricket and theatrics have always gone hand in hand. Some of the actions are more objectionable than others, but surely no one can condemn a vociferous appeal by the slip cordon. Football, on the other hand, just a few decades ago, had no acting and most players were hard as nails. Nowadays, with millionaire metrosexual fashionistas, what do you expect a field full of drama queens?    



Blogger vishnupavan 6:35 PM

thanks Manish.. couldn't think of anything else that I could add to it..

Gupta, Field full of drama queens .. yeah well as long as they can bring in the crowds..    



Blogger Nirav 10:22 PM

Good One! and a nice blog too...
By the way, we cannot forget Arjuna Ranatunga and the likes, who used to summon for a runner after feigning an injury at every possible occasion. Also, Kepler Wessels used the rules to his advantage in the 92 WC, by asking some of the older players like Peter Kirsten to act injured or unwell if fielding second, so that he could get some young blood in the field    



Blogger vishnupavan 7:41 AM

Nirav, thanks for the add ons.. yeah feigning injury for a runner is something we dont see in international cricket these days (Ranatunga was in a separate league when it came to that).. also sending the twelfth man onto the field with a pair of gloves just to convey some message to the batsman can be classified as putting up an act at some level..    



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