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Friday, May 17, 2013

Sreesanth and spot-fixing

This post is not to support Sreesanth or look into the spot-fixing incident that has rocked IPL on the morning of 16th May. ESPNCricinfo was quick to put up the overs in question into a video (attached below).

What is interesting is the fact that there are hundreds of crores of money being used in this type of fixing. How sure is the bowler to give away more than 14 runs? Agreed that he will bowl badly in the over and offer bad balls. It is also upto the batsman to hit those runs, right? 

For example, let us look at the video closely.
  1. In his over, Chandila bowls a wide ball down the leg side to Finch (over 2.1) but Finch is not able to put it away for a boundary. Result is only a single.
  2. Similarly, Sreesanth in his over (3.3 of the innings) balls a delivery wide outside the off stump but Gilchrist is not able to time it and there is no run given.

So, all I am saying is that even if fixing is done, it seems to be very risky proposition to be able to pull this off successfully. Obviously, I am not supporting it (repeating it again) but it seems crazy to me.
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