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Things cricketers (and their kin) say August 31, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in sport, videos.
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Stuart Broad, the star of yesterday’s win over India is in for a different kind of a reality check. His father advocates delayed gratification :

Broad was earmarked for a Test debut against India at Lord’s earlier this summer, but was overlooked at the last minute in favour of Chris Tremlett. And his father remains keen that he is not pitched into the highest level too soon, especially with several big-name bowlers working their way back to fitness.

“If you look at the Test bowlers, Harmison, Hoggard and Flintoff are still much ahead of him at the moment,” said Broad. “Would you take a young bowler on a tour like that to carry the drinks? I think he’s better off playing.”

Uuh…Stuart’s father sounds like an economist to me, who sees trade-offs. Or a comedian – with his sense of ‘timing’. Or a cautious small investor. Or a lucky gambler, afraid of losing it.

Frankly, I don’t know if there is a right way to do it. Elsewhere you would pit the greenhorn against the have-beens and either look at him wilt and fail or perhaps thrive. We need a new area of study (empirical sport/cricket economists) that does rigorous study of these patterns and recommends optimal strategies. Or seriously, do we ? Its a game afterall šŸ™‚

By the way, I have seen non-subcontinent cricketers say things (not all of them reasonable) that the desis never will. No, not sledging related. Look at this example – how many Indian cricketers that are on top and about to retire (are they any??) will say something like – “I just can’t wait to retire”.

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