Going from where the foot is to where the ball has gone -The Hindu (June 22, 2016)

Going from where the foot is to where the ball has gone -The Hindu (June 22, 2016)

Sometime in the 1980s, Barry Richards claimed that cricket technique had changed. The purists were appalled. Technique cannot change, they said. The forward defence, the square cut, the cover drive — all these needed to be played in the specified manner. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

Today’s Words:

  1. Purist (noun) – traditionalist, perfectionist, doctrinaire, a person who follows tradition and only tradition.
  2. Appal (verb) – shock, horrify, dismal, distress greatly.
  3. Conceit (noun) – pride, complacency, vanity, self-love.
  4. Succumb (verb) – fail to resist something.
  5. Paralysis by analysis (phrase) – over thinking/over analyzing a situation so that a decision is never taken.
  6. Admonish (verb) – advise, recommend, urge, caution, warn,
  7. Spontaneously (adverb) -automatically, instinctively, naturally.
  8. Adherence (noun) – compliance, obedience, commitment, attachment.
  9. Arrant (adjective) – utter, compete, thorough, total.
  10. Hoick (verb) – lift or pull quickly and with some effort.
  11. Snorter (noun) – something very impressive & difficult. a fast and dangerous ball (in  cricket).
  12. Be dead at his feet (idiom) – very tired, extremely tired.
  13. Leg glance – a delicate straight-batted shot played at a ball aimed slightly on the leg side, using the bat to flick the ball as it passes the batsman and requiring some wrist work as well, deflecting towards the square leg or fine leg area.  Ranjitsinhji (1872-1933) often known as Ranji who has invented it.
  14. Uncovered wicket – wickets that are not covered during rain. Rain would make the wicket ‘sticky’ where the balls would bounce unexpectedly and turn sharply.
  15. There is more than one way to skin a cat (idiom) – many ways to achieve something.
  16. Deathless (adjective) – immortal, undying, everlasting.


  • Click each one of the words above for their definition, more synonyms, pronunciation, example sentences, phrases, derivatives, origin and etc from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/ .
  • Synonyms provided for the words above are my personal work and not that of Oxford University Press.

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