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Post by kingraf Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:42 am

A few days ago, I was at SuperSport park watching the domestic t20. Albie Morkel stepped in to bat, and within two overs I was reminded of how special you have to be to be a cricketer.

He hit about 4-5 sixes in his innings, two of them were in my vicinity. The first one I didnt have time to even get up to try and catch it and it was already over the VIP suites. But the second was about two metres away from me, and I (along with the entire crowd) misjudged it. I moved forward, but the ball kept going. I have been to hundreds of cricket games. But the fact that I havent played since last year owing to a partial ACL tear means my eye couldnt pick it up as it normally would.

This Wednesday I gained a new appreciation of the terms "It stayed
hit". and "It kept on travelling"

Albie Morkel is a seriously powerful man. Ever leave a cricket game with a similar epiphany about the game?
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Post by Stella Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:27 am

Seeing how quick the bowlers are bowling, especially if sat, side to the wicket, confirms to me how good these guys are.
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Post by VTR Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:05 am

I'd second that from Stella. Watching Fidel Edwards bowl from side on during the summer, with some deliveries clocked at 95mph. You can't really even see the ball so you have to admire batsmen not only able to pick it up but also to play the appropriate shot with control. It looks almost easy when watched from behind the bowler on TV.

Also in the same match I was under a steepling crowd "catch" as Pollard smashed a massive 6 into the stands. It seemed to be up there for an age and changed direction a few times, eventually landing 2 rows behind me. So judging those steeplers is again not as easy as it is made to look!

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Post by Stella Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:31 pm

Even watching the players warm up, and do their pre-game routines, makes you appreciate how good these pro's are.
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