FLASHBACK: When Ravi Jadeja ruined perfection


Isn’t that just a thing of beauty? (HT to James Priest for the spot.)

Some numbers in life don’t need analysis. Sometimes a pointless pattern is as delightful as it gets.

A lovely, meaningless event from today’s Big Bash, but has such a neat selection of economy rates occurred in T20Is before?

In short, no. But on 24 February 2016, something absolutely astounding almost happened.

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Ravi Jadeja’s reckless lack of concern for being miserly ruined what should have been bowling perfection.

That spell in full:

11W1•2 | 1∆14•4 | •4••11 | •1++••1•

Where could Jadeja have saved two?

0.1 Ashish Nehra let them run a single straight at him at short third man.
0.4 A mix-up among the batters, but again a single to short third man.
1.6 Mushfiqur Rahim sweeps it THROUGH short third man for four.
3.3 Leg-side wide in the final over of the match.
3.3 Leg-side wide AGAIN off the next ball.

Who on earth bowls two wides in the final over?


And what was Nehra playing at?

He wasn’t getting Nehra-nough to the ball. I’ll get me coat.

Some of the other near-misses and pleasing patterns

18 September 2007. It’s good, but it’s not quite Carling.
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4 August 2008. Damn you, Edgar Schiferli.
5 June 2009. Seriously Netherlands? And you beat England while you were at it.
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13 February 2010. This one isn’t even close, but the Netherlands came up trumps again with a beautiful bowling analysis that saw each bowler’s economy rate increase as you move down. Chapeau!
7 May 2010. What did you concede that run for, Lasith?
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24 February 2012. I don’t care that you took six wickets, Mssrs Ngoche and Varaiya, you were too parsimonious.
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12 September 2012. Whole numbers, nice wor…Wait, Danny Briggs?
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3 March 2013. Getting more miserly as you go down, sterling effort from Afghanistan.
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4 July 2013. Seriously, Varaiya? Stop showing off.
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29 August 2013. All we wanted was one more run, James.
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30 June 2015. Again, Netherlands? Seven steps to perfection. Bloody Borren.
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29 September 2015. I thought we could be friends, Prosper. I was wrong.
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25 March 2016. Decent descent, West Indies. I suppose that counts for something.

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