A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned in one of the posts that Zimbabwe had been not as hopeless against SA in the ODI series. Most of it was based around the fact that the team once again had Taibu in the ranks, to support the only other real class player, Taylor.
Taibu failed today, but Taylor didnt. Neither did any of Chigambura, Sibanda, Masakadza or even Chibhabha, as Zimbabwe pulled off an amazing victory against Australia, only their second against the champs in their entire cricketing history in any official format.
There is not much to comment, and I am not sure what to write. A month ago we were talking about taking all of Zimbabwe’s funds and giving them to the associates like Kenya (who created a world record for the lowest 20 20 total today, and also were just throwing their bats around, torturing people like me who were watching their performance at 2 am). We were also laughing off when Mali said that Zim can be world champs in a couple of years.
Well….. lets not get carried away. This victory doesnt mean Zim is better than Aus. It doesnt mean they are world champs, it doesnt mean that their board shouldnt do much much more. It doesnt say anything about Zim’s ODI and Test performance either. And Zim do have a weak bowling attack, no matter what happenned today. And the victory definitely doesnt mean that ICC should not give extra funds to the associates. What it does state is…. that the ICC was right in not completely running away from Zim cricket.
Its just one game…. sure. Its 20 20 format….. sure. But it is still Zim beating Aus at cricket, and continuously staying on top of them for 3 hours. If Zim hold on to their players, which somehow I think they will after this victory, they can become a better team in the future.
Well….. I have always thought that a Hollywood movie about Cricket would go a long way in order to at least introduce mainstream americans to the sport as a serious venture….. at least as far as awareness is concerned, because at the momment it looks like most of them either dont know that it is a game, or have a very weird view about it….. even if they dont know that it lasts five days !
Looks like the news that Russel Crowe is going to star in the latest movie about the Bodyline series is the best that could have been achieved under the circumstances……. I am not sure if this is going to be a Hollywood movie, or an Australian/British movie, in which case it is unlikely to find its way to American theatres…..
But Russell Crowe has a good fan following in the US, which is likely to watch any new Russell Crowe movie…… so it is definitely not something that is likely to have no effect….. there will be some positive effect regarding image and awareness…… how much is the million dollar question….. or, if you are the ICC, the 9 million dollar question :)……
Perhaps they can also interest some of Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Naomi Watts, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Kate Beckinsale, Charlize Theron, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger etc. (all from test playing countries) to also star in the movie !:)….. wishful thinking indeed…….
Today I was just browing the web and I came across a scorecard of a match between Bermuda and Australia in 1995. The funny thing is that this was a full australian side, I think either they were just coming back from WI or going there and they were i no mood to throw the match away or treat it as a joke. Still Bermuda managed to lose only by 18 runs. If you have time, check out some of the other scorecards from the tour, because the Bermuda second eleven did not do badly either.