Monday, 19 July 2010

Why the Saffers were so bad this year

If you are wondering why the Saffers played this year like someone trying to run a marathon with a dropping baggy jeans, you just have to look at the CSA annual award nominations. It seems like they only played with a team of four guys.

The nominations look something like this:
Standard Bank International Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Charl Langeveldt
Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis
CSA Test Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn
SA Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn

So Hash alone has got six, Jakes four, AB three and Dale two. And apart from these players, only Langeveldt appears in any category.

Except four, all should be kicked off the stage

I think this gives me enough right to climb on top of the Sandton convention centre building tomorrow and shout where the heck were Cap’n Biff, Duminy, Bouch and the rest all hiding. It doesn’t mean they didn’t do anything the entire year. They just didn’t do enough.

Can you imagine what would have happened had these four not performed? SA cricket would have been a limbless body, a tiny toy car flattened over by the English and Indian juggernauts.

And I wouldn't have smiled.


Stani Army said...

To be honest Sunny, had everyone performed, they still could have only picked a certain number for the awards...unless they deliberately decided to spread the awards out, which would be a bit naughty. Are you naughty Sunny? :

I think they just looked bored. Seriously. It was almost like they needed a big break, that's how they were playing.

sunny said...

Me naughty? Oh no, Stani.

If you compare the nominations with those of the past year, you'll see the difference. SA was highly successful that year and there was a greater variety of candidates.

The Saffers bored? Should we send a few jokers over to them then?

Purna said...

Well, the year Dale took everything the situation was similar no? Only a handful kept on getting nominated. This seems to be a pattern with them.