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At some point in the 1990s, George Best, the greatest footballer the British Isles had ever seen, popped into his local pub in London and sat down with a half-pint. His liver was already failing and the doctors had told him to go easy. A while later, a giant of a man walked in. Eyeing Best in the corner, he walked up to him and said: “Can I get you a pint?” “No, thanks,” said Best. “Too important to drink with the likes of me, are you?” said the man with a hint of menace in his voice. Best ignored him.

When he leaned in closer, Best looked up and told the man to **** off. “Make me,” he snarled. Best, who had never shied away from a challenge on the field, stood up and socked him one flush on the jaw. The man didn’t flinch. “That the best you can do then?” he sneered. “Oh, alright then. Get me another half!” said Best.

I was reminded of that anecdote when I read the non-story about the eight Indian cricketers inside Tequila Joe’s in St. Lucia. (more…)

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After that Wanderers game , I argued long and hard with those who thought it a great game of cricket. Nearly four years on, my views haven’t changed. In the days to come, many will speak of Rajkot as another classic. Some opportunists might even come out with commemorative DVDs, but nothing will change the facts. A game in which batsmen score at more than eight an over hardly constitutes an even tussle between bat and ball. Great entertainment, sure. Great cricket? Not really.

If you want to watch a real classic, watch how Pakistan chased down New Zealand’s total in the World Cup semi-final in 1992, or better still, go and watch footage of the greatest one-day match of all, Edgbaston 1999. Until there’s a tie in a World Cup final, that will remain the greatest cricket played in coloured clothes. The enormity of the occasion and what was at stake ensured as much.

There were two big differences between Rajkot and the Wanderers though.

You can read the full article here.

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Greetings from Trent Bridge, where Sri Lanka are squeezing the life out of the West Indian challenge. In less than two hours, India take on Ireland in a game that has no bearing on the Super Eights. It will be closely watched though, simply because of the furore over what MS Dhoni said, and didn’t say. Here’s my take on it for the Guardian blog.

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With Virender Sehwag returning home after failing to recover from a shoulder injury, it will be fascinating to see which way the selection committee goes. Does it bring in a known face, or take a punt on a youngster with an X-factor? Subramaniam Badrinath and Dinesh Karthik must be favourites, but don’t rule out someone like Virat Kohli, who had a strong IPL season with the Royal Challengers.
My pick would be Karthik. As part of the Test squad in 2007, he gave emphatic evidence that he could handle English conditions, and he played some sparkling knocks in the IPL as well. No harm in having a back-up keeper either. If it’s a real wild card they want though, bring in Manish Pandey. He showed glimpses of real class towards the end of the IPL and is brilliant in the field. Realistically though, he’s well

With Virender Sehwag returning home after failing to recover from a shoulder injury, it will be fascinating to see which way the selection committee goes. Does it bring in a known face, or take a punt on a youngster with an X-factor? Subramaniam Badrinath and Dinesh Karthik must be favourites, but don’t rule out someone like Virat Kohli, who had a strong IPL season with the Royal Challengers.

My pick would be Karthik. As part of the Test squad in 2007, he gave emphatic evidence that he could handle English conditions, and he played some sparkling knocks in the IPL as well. No harm in having a back-up keeper either. If it’s a real wild card they want though, bring in Manish Pandey. He showed glimpses of real class towards the end of the IPL and is brilliant in the field. Realistically though, he has little chance.

Postscript: And just as I finish writing that, the BCCI has named Karthik as the replacement. Sensible choice.

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