The Briefing: Who said India has better blue chip options than Kohli? We do not

the bazifists

In 2015, apostle Brendon McCullum, patron saint of the leg side party, landed on the shores of England and there, sparked by deep pain inflicted by England’s dull style of play, spread his glorious message. A bold message. A relentless company message under a steel gray sky. of intensity. Guts. Expect.

England’s white ball teams drank a lot. They dipped their heads, were baptized, and swam breaststroke through McCullum’s life-giving waters.

And then they won a World Cup. Something like. (Technically.)

But in 2022 it was the England Test team that needed help. The county system was not working. Joe Root was a one-man piss from the rest of the batting order. A light flashed in the night sky. Bass’s sign. And the promised one came. Forge a partnership with Ben Stokes and save them. Two sets of tattooed biceps that fit together as one.

nothing to see here
Do not be crazy. We would never say that of the king. Every player goes through a slump in form. And it is one of the greatest of all time. He always hits better for India, anyway. IPL is just a training for him. And he looks at the hunger of him. He may not have scored that many runs, but man, did he hit vivid daylights in the air around him when he was on the field.

He’s done too much to just focus on this season. This column would never highlight his failures like that. I wouldn’t talk about innings like his 30 of 33 against Chennai Super Kings, or that long series of single figure scores. Or to say that even in some of the games in which he scored runs, he was so slow and played with such little intent that he might have jeopardized the cause of the team. What kind of third rate writer with a desire to have his house stoned would suggest that India has better blue chip options now than Virat Kohli? That is absolutely not what is happening here.
Dad’s house

No good entrance by Kohli can go by without his former partner in crime, Ravi Shastri, making a glowing comment about it. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have this happen on this very website. After Kohli’s best innings of the season, a 54-ball 73 against Gujarat Titans that helped the Royal Challengers qualify for the playoffs, Shastri explained that Kohli’s runs aren’t just runs, they’re a phenomenon that aligns everything. the world of cricket.

“Pop is in the house and has announced it to the world,” Shastri said of that hit. “If you qualify, wait and see. It’s an advertisement to the world, don’t mess with the pop. When there’s class, respect the class. It’ll teach all the kids how to play.”

miraculous recovery

Is cricket really in the post-Covid era? A Bangladeshi drama (which, as usual, means drama involving Shakib Al Hasan), is providing hope. Five days before the first Test against Sri Lanka, Shakib tested positive for Covid, which everyone assumed meant he at least would be out of the first Test. But then, four days later, Shakib returned a negative test and was apparently in contention to play, even if coach Russell Domingo was wary of playing him if he was only “50-60% fit”.

Shakib, however, seems to know how this Covid thing works. In 2020 he was serving a one-year ICC ban, but then the pandemic hit and there was hardly any cricket being played anyway. This time he not only played the whole series, but bowled over 105 overs, took nine wickets and struck fifty as well.

Sri Lanka Cricket Appreciation Corner

Friends, we have sometimes lightly criticized SLC in the Report on the perpetual shortage of IQ points among their top brass. But last month they did well, actually. Amid Sri Lanka’s crippling economic crisis, they donated $2 million to hospitals, which have run out of medicine. They have managed to organize a bilateral tour for the women’s team, to Pakistan, after not being able to give the women any playing time almost during the pandemic. And word on the street is that most civil servants have shown up for work without their shoelaces tied, if you can believe it. To bless.

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