While writing a little piece for the Herald, Mark Richardson found a phrase he really liked: “playing your boss at golf”. His point in this article was that while we can prepare wickets here in New Zealand that would gift us easy victories, if we want to be invited to play with India again, we have to prepare pitches that will give us close fought victories so that the Indians think they had a chance against us – just like if you were playing your boss at golf. (Though really, he just had a phrase he wanted to use and needed some context for it.)
He liked his little phrase so much that he used it again in an article for Cricinfo. But this time he overcooked his metaphor. In case we weren’t going to get it, he spells out that “New Zealanders and New Zealand cricket understand who pays the wages nowadays”. What seemed a bit cheeky in the Herald, became petulant and accusatory on Cricinfo.
And it ignited a firestorm in the comments, with rising anger towards Richardson, then tempered with some crowing about the strength of India’s new-ball attack and new-found likeness for pacey conditions, followed by some defences of Mark before degenerating into sniping amongst the commentors, with the thread culminating in what appears to be an Indian delighting in the Indian loss in the first 20-20 as it proves Richardson wrong.
Cheap Opening Shot Mr Richardson!
Oh this is a new low. The pre-emptive-whine strike – “We lost because India will not come back if we beat them”.
Wow! Shocking article. If I understand it correctly, Mr. Richardson is saying the following: NZ can beat any side in the world if it so chooses but since it is a poor cricketing nation, it has to kowtow to the countries that have money.
It is good to read your comments Mark, but pray tell me what is your achievement in cricket field. Have you done anything in any of the sub continent countries. How many centuries have you scored?
I can tell you what is brown, dry and steaming: Mark’s article.
I personally as an ardent Indian fan am PRAYING that NZC dish out greener tracks than in 2003. Regardless of the batting strength India are bringing with them, the bowling attack in India is unimaginably better than the last one which arrived in NZ.
Hilarious. Loving this. the so called slightest slight regarding indian cricket and all the trolls come out. Lets ignore the fact that most of what Richardson said was true.
The Indian reaction to this article is just bizarre – I am Australian, and I think Mark Richardson is spot-on. He points out that India are much stronger than NZ in most conditions (obvious), and that NZ’s best chance would lie in greentops a la 2002-03 (also true). Yes, India have Zaheer and Ishant this time, but can they use the conditions as well as the NZ guys who have grown up in them? Maybe, maybe not – but we won’t find out this time! NZ will prepare wickets India considers “fair”, no matter what disadvantage to NZ, because NZ Cricket knows it can’t afford another 6-7 year gap before India returns again. (They know that India would have returned much sooner than this had they experienced good batting wickets last time, rather than embarrassment!) Nowhere does he suggest match-fixing or anything like it. His only criticism of India is that its famed top six was outshone by their NZ counterparts on green pitches last time, which is a fair and accurate assessment.
Your so called boss actually lost in first T20 and proved the backbne of your theory completely wrong. Uhh.. I will pray for you Mark, so Boss can win the second T20 and you can save your face..hehehehehe