CricketGraphs: Kieron Pollard of West Indies, Defending Hard

It’s imperative — for any American hoping to telegraph his sophistication — it’s imperative to have at least a cursory knowledge of what is known universally as the Sport of Kings Who Aren’t That Interested in Thoroughbred Racing.

In so acquainting ourselves with the sport, we find this spectacular defensive effort courtesy 24-year-old cricketer Kieron Pollard from Tuesday’s international match between Pollard’s West Indian team and Australia.

Pollard also appears to be rather an impressive batter, as well, as this other video from the internet probably demonstrates:

Credit to Hardball Talk’s Craig Calcaterra (and Dan Lee, it seems) for supplying video of the Pollard catch.



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Alex
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Alex

Vlad may have missed his calling.

Peter R
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Peter R

A) No glove is pretty impressive.

B) What is the golden robot thing in the first video supposed to be?

C) What is the jobs of that chubby guy in yellow who sits on a chair in the “outfield” looking at the crowd shown in the second video? Seems rather dangerous to not be paying attention to the ball that is being hit in your direction at high speeds. Is his job like the guy who catches crowd surfers at concerts?

KCExile
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KCExile

C3PO!!!!

Ben
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Ben

He’s security. Like the guy who got flattened from behind at the SF-ATL NFC Conference Championship Game. There’s a lot of drinking and shenanigans in Australian cricket crowds. The security and police are often necessary.

Guy
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Guy

I’d think that’s a line judge to see if the ball leaves the giant circle.

Andrew
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Andrew

Watched a lot of cricket while in South Africa last summer (winter?). It’s actually pretty easy to catch on to after a bit, and the similarities with baseball make it fun.

Ransom
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Ransom

Are there any teams in their league not sponsored by sometimes delicious chicken?

PatsNats28
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PatsNats28

Rather an impressive batsman*, not a batter. Have to telegraph your sophistication with the correct vocabulary Carson…

Shrewd Cat
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Shrewd Cat

A few points about that catch from an Aussie:

-even better a catch than it looks since if he had touched that green rope-thing when he landed it wouldn’t have been out and instead been a ‘hit’.

-also a cricket ball is harder than a baseball but this ball had been used a bit so would’ve been softened to similar hardness of a baseball (they don’t change baseballs after every AB like in baseball). A new cricket ball is like a rock- my fingers can testify to that.

-Not only does he bat and field- he also bowls(pitches). An ‘all-rounder’.

-If you want to see a cricketer whose skills might best transfer to baseball- look up ‘David Warner’- filthy powerful small guy- can bat switch. Also fast and a great fielder.

-I was watching some of this match yesterday but missed the catch- I can’t see it all- this match went for 7 hours! But ‘test’ matches go for 7 hours a day for 5 days. This isn’t as boring as it sounds-but it’s still pretty boring

Matt
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Matt

I was actually at the game.

“-Not only does he bat and field- he also bowls(pitches). An ‘all-rounder’.”

His caught & bowled yesterday was almost as impressive. Can’t seem to find a video of that though.

Cricket ball is also a little bigger than a baseball.

Sometimes delicious, often greasy & horrible chicken are actually the sponsors of the entire league. Hence both teams sporting their logo in video #2.

And on video #2, is that BT commentating? He’s worse at cricket than he is at footy.

dp
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dp

Sir Viv Richards would have made for a fantastic second baseman. It would have been fitting if he had played with a crown on his head.

Leftfield Limey
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Leftfield Limey

Cricket?

Mr. Cistulli. You sir are a gentleman and a scholar.

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