Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Arbit Statistics - 17: Farewell Mark Boucher

South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher announced his retirement from all international cricket following an eye injury caused by a bail. A great fighter, he was always up for the challenge. A more dogged fighter there weren't many others. Over 5500 runs & 550 dismissals in Tests showed his class. And he is still only 35. The untimely eye injury has certainly robbed him a couple of years of international cricket at least. 

For the statistically minded (and which cricket fan is not) there were a couple of landmarks which have been taken away as well. A chance to be playing his 150th Test at Lords later in the English summer. And a chance to be the 1st wicket keeper to complete 1000 international dismissals. (Current tally stands at 999).

Just wondering, Will Mark Boucher's 999 international dismissals be the wicket-keeping equivalent of 99.94?

P.S. Helmets should be made compulsory for all wicket-keepers standing up and praying for a quick recovery.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Timeless Steel

An absolutely apt name for a book on a legend.
And I got my copy (This blog post is meant for showing off only)
Even more impressively, my copy was delivered on July 3rd, a whole day before the official release on July 4th. All this, thanks to the efficient folks at Flipkart (see free endorsement done, where is my royalty now :P)

P.S. Review coming soon.