Tuesday, January 19, 2010

RECORDS ARE MEANT TO BE REWRITTEN

Cricket - especially shorter version enthuses everyone and many reel out statistics.  Here is something on the highest individual score in One dayer occurred on 16th Aug 2009 and shared with my group the next day.

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Date: Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 7:44 AM
Subject: RECORDS ARE MEANT TO BE REWRITTEN
To:




Dear (s)


Even the regular followers of the game might not know the name of Charles Kevin Coventry, born on 8th March 1983 and made a lackluster debut way back in 2003. Infact he played against Indians making his Test debut in 2005.
Soon all Sport quizzers will get to know his name. A double-century in an ODI remains an elusive dream for batsmen. On some occasions, players have come painfully close but not a single male player has converted it thus far. In the Independence Cup during 2007 in sweltering Chennai heat, desert fox Saeed Anwar came close to realizing this dream. Sachin captained India and can you recall the bowlers of ignominy. See the bottom of this article.
Now coming to our new hero - Charles "Chappie" Coventry is an aggressive middle-order batsman who can open in one-day cricket and also keep wicket. He was Zimbabwe's youngest first-class player at 15 years 303 days, for Matabeleland in 1998, although that was due to being in the right place when a selected player withdrew at the last minute. Son of international umpire Charles Coventry, he learned his cricket at Whitestone School and Christian Brothers College in Bulawayo, and plays for Bulawayo Athletic Club. He bats in glasses and most of his successes have been in one-day cricket though nothing outstanding thus far. He reportedly was sent out of WI tour for disciplinary reasons - all that is thing of the past.


At Queens Sports Club, Bullawayo on 16th Aug 2009, a masterfully paced knock in the fourth ODI against Bangladesh catapulted him to the top of the most-runs-scored-in-an-innings chart. He walked in after Zimbabwe had made their usual poor start, losing Mark Vermeulen in the second over and remained unbeaten with 194 made of 156 balls. But even that was not enough was Zimbabwe as the tourists ramped home by 4 wickets with 13 balls to spare outweighed by the efforts of Tamim Iqbal.


Here is a comparison of Coventry’s efforts with than of Saeed Anwar



And in case, you still want to know the Indian attack put to grind by Anwar at Chepauk – it was spearheaded by our present bowling coach – Venkatesh Prasad with Kuruvilla, Kumble, Sunil Joshi, Robin and Sachin completing the quota. In fact the main spinner Sunil Joshi bowled only 4 overs and fared poorly on the field too.


With regards
S Sampathkumar.

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