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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Revisiting Randiv's No-Ball

As a fan of Pakistan cricket, I am heartbroken about the match-fixing revelations. But when I see Amir and Asif's pre-decided no-balls, as an Indian cricket fan, I can't help but revisit Suraj Randiv's no-ball. The no-ball he bowled to deny Virender Sehwag a century.

At that time, Sri Lanka Cricket (board) suspended Randiv, and apologized to Sehwag. It was suggested that the whole thing was a stupid, petty, almost sadistic thing that Randiv had done to deny Sehwag, Sri lanka's prime tormenter for several years, a century.

But these revelations got me thinking. If I were a bookie. The situation was - Sehwag is 99 not out. On strike. Against a spinner. Team needs 5 runs to win. Sehwag needs 1 for a century. As a bookie, what would I offer for Sehwag NOT getting to a century? Certainly steep ones. 50:1? 100:1? Now if I as a bookie offered you those odds, and you had some way to talking to the bowler Randiv or to some senior teammate of his like Dilshan, to make sure the 5 runs were given by means of....oh I don't know.... 4 byes and 1 no-ball. Wouldn't you bet everything you had on it?

Makes you wonder, doesn't it?