"How shit you must be if I got you out twice!"
-Paul Harris to Andrew Symonds, Perth 2008

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Makhaya Question

Maky has been everywhere lately, as the first coloured player from South Africa to play in 100 tests. It is a freaking awesome feat and while I am thrilled for him, I am also slightly concerned.

The final XI has not been announced yet and Maky is giving interviews everywhere about how he never dreamt he would be here, about the first time he got his cap etc. Isn't that borderline emotional blackmail?

I would have no problem with that, except Maky has been out of action of eons and he was dropped because he was terrible. Sure, most of it was in the ODI's but if you can't bowl 10 proper overs without getting smacked, how are you going to bowl half a day? And if you are bowling rubbish, you will be hit for boundaries no matter what format you are playing in.

I am scared that the selectors are going to give Maky a game and then not only will he ruin South Africa's chances, he will also fuck up memories of his 100th test because he is out of practice. Like Murali and his last test.

Or is he going to make a quick turn around because this is his 100th test? In which case, what kind of a stupid motivation is that?

Fast bowlers and their form are an epic mystery to me.


Wes playforcountrynotforself said...

Yeah I saw the interview, he is nice... (sorry. still learning *lol*)

Purna said...

Haha. He is a Saffa legend. The only South African to take 10 wickets at the Lords. BUT, he is 33 now so of that age where things are tough for fast bowlers. He hasn't played since May!

Wes playforcountrynotforself said...

Yeah the latest Switch Hit Show tells of that, he shared the MOTM with Smithy (double century) wow.