Thursday, April 30, 2009

I am also wondering about Dirk Nannes

I have heard a lot about Dirk Nannes.

Mostly from Jrod over at Cricket with Balls.

Nannes is a Victorian after all.

Jrod has also talked about how he doesn't understand why Nannes hasn't played for Australia yet.

He wasn't even announced in Australia's 30 probables for the World 20-20 despite being considered the best 20-20 bowler in the country!

Hearing about him wasn't enough though.

I had to see him to decide for myself if Nannes was that good.

Thanks to the IPL, I've been following Nannes closely.

The fact that he was in the side ahead of Glen McGrath surprised me initially, but I figured that the Delhi Daredevils were also thinking on the same lines as Jrod.

In the first few matches Nannes failed to pick up a wicket, but he bowled quite well. He was hard to get away and he was fast. He troubled batsmen.

Though I wondered why the wickets weren't coming his way.

Then he finally struck.

That too with the first ball of the match clean bowling Jacques Kallis who had no idea what hit him as he was trying to shoulder arms to a brute of a delivery.

First ball of the match!

Nannes celebrated and it started dawning on me what all that talk was about.

But today, I was completely convinced.

2-16 in 4 overs against a team that boasts of Adam Gilchrist, Herschelle Gibbs, Rohit Sharma, and Dwayne Smith.

Now that is some bowling.

Getting rid of the best opening pair in the IPL in a matter of 2 overs and getting the better of the best team in the IPL this year and here I am now also wondering what the hell are the Aussies thinking keeping him out of the team?

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  1. Anonymous said...

    Good old dirty Disk and good old Jrod. Jrod's other favourite player - Bryce - however, has not enjoyed his moment on the big stage. Jrod's threatened to get both of them playing in The Village Cricketer v Cricket With Balls charity match!

  2. Q said...

    Welcome here Village Cricketer.. Bryce did not make it at international level, which is why I said - "hearing was not enough" ;-).. though what happened with McGain was disappointing.. I love leggies just as much as Jrod..

    And that charity match is going to be one hell of a game.. set someone up for live ball-by-ball!

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