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Friday, January 05, 2007

Third Man

Why the heck don't captains have third man in tests? How many boundaries have been conceded in the slip-gully region? How many undeserved and edged 2s and 3s? If required, take out the extra-cover or the square-leg, i say! Match after match. Everyone knows the futility of not having a third man and yet nothing is done. Its like those utterly meaningless Hindu rituals.

P.S: Oh yeah, it feels great to be an arm-chair pundit :)

10 Comments:

  • u have exactly given ur viewpoint like an armchair pundit ...hehe

    when a four is given there after slip miss/ no slip ...and it leads to four..its irritating!

    but when our batsmen get that four...its very delightful than the batsman middling it...so happy :D

    By Blogger vigneshwaran shanmugam, at Fri Jan 05, 10:16:00 PM  

  • I saw the heading and thought this was about the Orson Welles film :-)

    By Anonymous msp, at Sat Jan 06, 12:58:00 AM  

  • ennatha third man...ennatha

    By Blogger stanley's posts, at Sat Jan 06, 07:12:00 AM  

  • Bala.you are in elite company....Micheal Holding has the same thing to say every match............A third man would save atleast 50 runs I guess....each innings...
    And would bring some sense to the figures of some of the much hyped batsmen of this age.....

    By Blogger Sridhar(mutRupuLLi), at Sat Jan 06, 09:37:00 AM  

  • Third man is considered redundant in Tests by the bowling side since you generally attack with 3 slips, gully(the short third man) and point around the bat on the offside. If your line and length are good, you wont see the batsman playing the steer or slicing over slips like in ODIs. Should the batsman go for an uppish drive to an overpitched ball, 3 slips/gully/point should be enough to take the catch.
    3rd man will come in a defensive setting and by keeping one we minimise the chance of the batter increasing the risk by going for his shots.

    By Anonymous ttm, at Mon Jan 08, 06:59:00 AM  

  • vignesh,
    "but when our batsmen get that four...its very delightful than the batsman middling it...so happy :D "
    Amaam amaam!

    msp,
    Naan avar padame paathadhillaye :)


    Feddy,
    India thothuppona varuthama?
    "Ada vidunga boss, ivenga eppavume ippadi thaan"

    sridhar,
    Sonna kekka mattengarainga...
    I feel like screaming like 'Thambi' Maddy "Ippo naan enna seyya!!!"

    TTM,
    " Should the batsman go for an uppish drive to an overpitched ball, 3 slips/gully/point should be enough to take the catch"
    Illiye.. Adhu dhaane problem.. Often, the slips/gully aren't enough..

    "3rd man will come in a defensive setting and by keeping one we minimise the chance of the batter increasing the risk by going for his shots."
    Point to be considered but then that can be offset by leaving the extra-cover region open or removing the square-leg... That will make the batsman go for a cover-drive or make him play across the line.. Also, with a field like that, the bowler shouldn't be bowling on or down the leg... :)
    On the contrary, the runs conceded in the region are too many to be ignored...

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Mon Jan 08, 11:53:00 AM  

  • ada.. extra-cover/square-leg lerndhu eduthu 3rd man kku potta, anga yen illa nu sandaikku varuvinga.. sobbaa... mudiyala. Inime 14 players-ayum vechu aada vendidhu dhan. ;-)

    By Blogger Viji, at Tue Jan 09, 03:30:00 PM  

  • third man is like a fine leg... it must be in place to save runs... nasser hussain used to have third man and a deep point for indian batsman most of the time to save runs... and that makes sense...

    By Blogger karthikeyan, at Tue Jan 09, 10:31:00 PM  

  • viji,
    "ada.. extra-cover/square-leg lerndhu eduthu 3rd man kku potta, anga yen illa nu sandaikku varuvinga.. sobbaa..."
    Amaam amaam... edhavadhu post pannanumla..... :)

    Karthikeyan,
    Veetla computer seri aiducha? Might be coming to Orkut from today onwards....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Jan 10, 07:20:00 AM  

  • @bala

    PC ready and working fine now, again, Aandavan is banned for calling kasi kabothee "trouser paandi"... Orkut enna devi theatre-a??. daily vaanga..

    By Blogger karthikeyan, at Wed Jan 10, 05:14:00 PM  

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