Feeding the Trolls in the Cricinfo Comments: Part II

by Devanshu Mehta

Many trolls lurk in the depths of Cricinfo. The environmentalists at Deep Backward Point fear for their health. So I feed them periodically, with blog posts like this one.

Previously: Feeding the Trolls in the Cricinfo Comments: Part I

This time, I found many insightful Cricinfo comments that were too long for the average attention span. So, as a service to the reader, I provide a paraphrased shorter version. Enjoy.

Iyer  writes about Ashwin in the first India v. WI ODI:

“Ashwin cannot be criticized. The asking rate was only 3 an over with another 15 overs to go, and a such a cheeky second run wasn’t required at that situation. Ashwin was playing more maturedly and didn’t see a merit in such risky running between the wickets. Rohit should be criticized for not listening to Ashwin’s NO. Also rohit should be criticized for losing his wicket at the end without ensuring India’s victory. Rohit should also be criticized for taking too many first ball singles and leaving vinay exposed to face the rest of the over. It was a very risky strategy, and luckily vinay didn’t get out. Instead of criticizing all this, the commentators (gavaskar and arun lal) were picking soft target – Ashwin. Gavaskar is also partial bcos rohit plays for bombay.”

Shorter version: I’m from Tamil Nadu.

khiladisher shouts from the rooftops:

“THE WORLD CHAMPIONS INDIA ARE VIRTUALLY UNBEATABLE IN INDIA EVEN WITHOUT GREAT ONE DAY PLAYERS AND FINISHERS LIKE SACHIN-DHONI AND YUVRAJ.THEY HAVE NOW HAD THEIR 10TH CONSECUTIVE WIN AND THE THE ONLY LOSS THEY SUFFERED THIS YEAR WAS AT THE HANDS OF SOUTH AFRICA{A MATCH THEY SHOULD HAVE EASILY WON} WHEN THEY WERE 267-1 IN THE 39TH OVER AND WERE ALLOUT FOR 296-WITH SOUTH AFRICA WINNING WITH 2 BALLS TO SPARE. EVEN AT 59-5 THEY HAD A FUTURE GREAT ROHIT SHARMA AND THE FAST LEARNING ALL ROUND CRICKETER RAVINDRA JADEJA AT CREASE-WITH THE BOWLERS UMESH YADAV AND VARUN AARON PROVIDING THE FINISHING TOUCHES. INDIA SHOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE WINDIES AND SHOULD WORK HARD FOR A SERIES WIN AND IF LUCKY A 5-0 RESULT.”

Shorter version: I have discovered the CAPS LOCK key. I have the power.

ramps_wi riffs:

“Gayle scored a Hundred in Zimbabwe when that should of been in India in today’s match, martin favored over narine, when narine was one of the best bowlers in the champions league. But I guess the selectors ensuring that too much trinis cannot be on the team. And now we left to wonder where we going wrong. Sammy has been proven time and time again, that he cannot win matches. Today’s match could of been won by better captaincy and woth narine bowling”

Shorter version: I can name more than three West Indian players.

piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda fails to live up to his name:

“I think Pakistan can be happy only by beating minnows. Once they run into better teams, they will be found out. Enjoy it while it lasts (not for too long, i bet)”

Shorter version: I have short term memory loss. Sorry. Wait, who are you?

Stephon Joel Ramlogan says, while rubbing his eyes:

“ok kinda wierd because last time i watch cricket chris G was playin for west indies in world cup ….WHATS GOING ON PEOPLE how he playin in zim ..and not wi”

Shorter version: I have been asleep for 7 months. Literally. Asleep. I woke up, and it seemed really important to me to come to a page about domestic Zimbabwe domestic cricket. And then write this comment. No, I’m not curious why I fell asleep for 7 months. No, it doesn’t seem odd that I have no clue what happened in the interim. You’re saying people don’t comment on web pages about Zim cricket all the time? Who are you? Stop paraphrasing me! Stop! Stop it! *snore*

Ok, that last one wasn’t shorter.

Previously: Feeding the Trolls in the Cricinfo Comments: Part I

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