A round-up of the bids later
February 20, 2008
But it’s already so exciting. Sid Monga of Cricinfo records IS Bindra gushing, “It’s my privilege to be associated with something that is unique in world cricket. I have never seen anything so riveting and so absorbing and so exciting even on the field. It’s amazing drama.”
I know where he’s coming from.
Two things. One: Does the $900,000 winning bid for Kallis surprise you as it does me? He has only played three T20 games so there’s not much you can come away with from that record. But he has a one-day strike-rate of around 71. And since he and Rahul Dravid often play similar roles in their batting line-up, I wonder what the franchise is thinking. Speaking of which, I think Dravid is totally worth it. He’s one of the finest finishers we’ve had, so scoring quickly isn’t going to be an issue with him here. Also, since Kallis is known to play for his average, how much sense does it make to have him play T20 at that price? Which leads me to…
Two) Will all-rounders be valued more than they otherwise would be, given the short nature of the game?