Previously, raw talent would have to work it's way up a convoluted system, put in multiple match-winning efforts on odd pitches, battle petty corruption and nepotism, and eventually bank on a mentor or Kiran More's kindness to break into top level cricket. I have no clue how many talented kids gave-up along the way and ended up working in a BPO. (More about how talented folk can't work hard later.)
Haha, yes, Kiran More. But.
Case-in-point, Kamran Khan, who is suddenly Shane Warne's new weapon. From the Cricinfo article, Kamran is...
...is the son of a woodcutter who gained his shoulder strength from cutting wood in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh in north India. He is yet to play first-class cricket and was reportedly signed by Rajasthan Royals for Rs12 lakh (US$24,000) a year after Darren Berry, the assistant coach, spotted him at a local tournament in Mumbai...This is the good fall-out of forcing teams to pick 7 Indian players for the eleven in each game. The negative fall-out is that my Fantasy cricket team sucks ass. Why does Cricinfo Fantasy cricket have to have the rule too, eh? Where's the fun, guys?
Of course, it's too early for the hoop-la, but if I had to choose, I'd go with Warney's pick. I'm a fan of the man - he's a smart cookie, and should have been captain instead of that wanker Punter. He's also the greatest leg-spinner ever, leg-spinning being among the more cerebral and beautiful things in cricket, in my book.
But anyhow, here's Kamran's rocking yorker that uprooted stumps and raised eyebrows (hat tip: Neerav). Decide for yourself. When was the last time you saw a sight like that since Waqar Younis retired?
Also, if any of you want to join my Fantasy League for the IPL 2009, leave a comment or send me an e-mail.