I lost your post on your amusing analogy of Coke vending machine & cricketers.
Coming from a cricketer it really surprised me.
First of all cricketers are human beings & not a pre-programmed run vending
machine who churns out runs whenever he is put on the cricket field. Cricketers
dont come with installed micro-processor with a pre-defined average & every
time he goes out to bat he scores those runs (45 in Azhar's case, just imagine
how cricket would be if that was actually the case)
A batsman can score anything between 0 to 400 & thats the beauty of the game,
if you really wanted an analogy you could have chosen a Russian Roulette. A
Bradman average although was 100+ he was never guaranteed to score those runs
every time he went to bat. So every great innings must be taken with joy rather
than "Big deal, he always gets those runs in those conditions"
Unlike other sport (like football, basketball, soccer, bowling, golf , <add any
other favorite sport>) batsman never get a second opportunity, a mistake means
he no longer take part in that game. Meanwhile a Jordan average of 31 means
even in his bad day he can score 26-30 points. You should have seen these big
differences before making your analysis
I really cant believe that I have to explain things like how there are billion
factors that'll come to play in each innings and most of which not in the
Although I find it perfectly acceptable to blame Azhar not being cautious in
his stroke selection, your coke can defense was really illogical
Roshan [who never equate cricketers to a coke vending machine]