C.L.R. James famously asked, “What do they know of cricket, who only cricket know?” Cricket has always been more than cricket, and I seek to understand the ways we see and enjoy cricket beyond the willow and leather. Not that this means there isn’t space for silly YouTube clips and groans about selection; I am just another South Asia cricket fanatic.
Some other things about me: I’m a cricket traditionalist, which means I’m skeptical about technology, DRS and Twenty20. I have a troubled relationship with LBW rules; I think ‘good fielding’ is an overrated skill; I put much stock in players playing nice with each other (which means I wouldn’t have appealed for Ian Bell’s run out); I prefer England to Australia, and South Africa to England, and I like collecting moments when Aaron Sorkin mentions cricket in his shows. (See my “greatest hits” page for more.)
Honorable mentions from the cricket-sphere: Listed in Wisden 2011; Almost-Made Reverse Sweep’s Top 20 Blog List; World Cricket Watch Top 40 Exciting Cricket Blogs; Patrick Kidd’s Top 50 Cricket Blogs (this used to exist, I promise, but no longer).
I tweet @ducking_beamers, and if you want to contact me, I can be reached at duckingbeamers [at] gmail [dot] com. Here’s the thing, though: I’m bad about responding. So if you’re pitching a sponsorship deal, or you want to guest post, don’t be offended if I don’t write back. It’s not that I hate you, but anything that requires more than a minute of thinking makes it hard for me to hit the ‘Reply’ button. That said, if you send me a criticism or a suggestion, I’d probably be polite enough to say “Thank you for reading my silly little blog!” So, please, do that.