Unpopular Cricket Opinions

The relationship between Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann falls into the realms of unpopular cricket opinions.

What are the most controversial opinions in cricket?

Sport is a saviour’s grace in many aspects of life. It fills audiences with enjoyment. Nothing can come close to watch your team play and dominate. But in the same mould, lies some divide. There are many ways to skim a cat and by the same token there are many unpopular cricket opinions.

Different coaches and different experts view things in a certain way. There is no right or wrong answer. In this article we will be exploring some of the most controversial cricket opinions in the game.

So, sit back and enjoy the ride!

Unpopular Cricket Opinions 1 & 2

South Africa’s test match team 2006-2015 is arguably the third best in the post-war era. They did not lose a single test series away from home, beating both Australia and England twice and drawing with India.

They only lost at home against Australia. A power-packed number one side including the likes of Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Graeme Smith is perhaps third only to the West Indies side of the 1980s and the Australian side of the 2000s.

Graeme Smith captains the best South African test match XI of all-time.
PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 23: Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn of South Africa celebrate after winning the game during day four of the Second Test match between South Africa and Australia at AXXESS St George’s Cricket Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Michael Clarke was one of Australia’s best ever cricket captains. He eclipses the likes of Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh. Clarke had far fewer resources to work with but still managed to win the 2015 Cricket World Cup along with a number of high-profile test series wins.

Clarke was a very tactically proactive captain, who was willing to lose the game in search of a victory. He made it clear to the opposition that he was looking to dominate from ball one.

 

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Unpopular Cricket Opinions 3 & 4

T20 Cricket is the second best format in the game after Test Cricket. It is ahead of the ODI format. Test cricket is a patience game and T20 Cricket is about power and good decision-making. Whereas, ODI cricket tries to combine the two forms and it does not work out that well in my opinion. Especially the bilateral series, where they have no context.

Rishabh Pant should be played due to his batting skills used to be part of unpopular cricket opinions.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 19: Rishabh Pant of India celebrates in front of Josh Hazlewood of Australia after his team’s victory during day five of the 4th Test Match in the series between Australia and India at The Gabba on January 19, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

A wicket-keeper batsman should be one of the best batsmen in the team and be able to win a game with the bat single-handedly. Their wicket-keeping can evolve over time and they can gain skills to become competent behind the stumps.

Current examples include the likes of Rishabh Pant, whom many experts have scolded for his keeping ability versus spin. However, his batting is awesome and should be persisted with as a wicket-keeper batsman for India.

 

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Unpopular Cricket Opinions 5 & 6

AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli are the two best all-format batsmen of all-time. Their batting averages in both Test Matches and ODI’s eclipse 50, while Kohli has prospered in International T20s, De Villiers has excelled in domestic tournaments.

Both have amazing abilities to change their approach according to the situation. They can construct an innings or power from ball one. Plus, they have no real weakness – being adept against all kinds of bowling, from swing to spin.

Kevin Pietersen scored a superb 227 vs Australia at Adelaide in 2010, making it one of his best inningsthe best test match innings ever played in the Ashes
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 05: Kevin Pietersen of England celebrates after reaching his double century during day three of the Second Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 5, 2010 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Kevin Pietersen was harshly treated by the team and should not have been sacked for crimes that he did not commit. The “textgate” incident in 2012 meant nothing because he should have been allowed to text his friends, even if they were from another team.

Stuart Broad and his mate had no reason to create a parody account on twitter. Graeme Swann had no reason to be a selfish person. Why did Alastair Cook not say anything when Pietersen was sacked?

Still, to this day, not a single good reason has been given for the sacking of Kevin Pietersen. He was England’s highest run-scorer when they lost 5-0 in the 2013/14 Ashes. So why was he made the scapegoat? He should have continued playing, no doubt.

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