First of all, my heartiest congratulations to the Indian team for their stupendous win against the S African team today!
Hereinafter, this particular response is addressed to Mr Deepak Sasidharan (#513897) specifically. Of course, other members may righteously infer it the way they want to.
Mr Deepak Sasidharan,
You are a newbie at ISC and it is expected of an established member like me to encourage you by just supporting your views just to keep you hooked on to ISC. I have never supported this attitude throughout my association with ISC. I have always spoken my mind out. Here is something for you.
In the plainest words, never take anything at face value, do not spoil anyone for your personal gains & just be honest to yourself! Use your own good judgement to arrive at any conclusion and face the music if your judgement proves to be wrong.
The data provided by you has been proven wrong by the Indian team today (I did not go through the previous results, so I do not know whether it had already been proved wrong or not).
Well, I have been observing that around 95-98 % of the cricket matches are fixed or spot-fixed. The figure can go north only. From the toss of the coin, to choosing to bat or bowl first, to how many runs should be scored in a particular over/session, to how much should be the final score of the team batting first & so on, has been continuously fixed since 1970's (I can't comment on the era prior to that as I don't have any concrete knowledge about it). The greedy & the needy have always taken a very good advantage of the funniest sport called cricket.
This match-fixing & spot-fixing has been going on in all sorts of cricket, be it domestic/county/test matches/50-50s/20-20s etc , for a veryyy long time and all the boards concerned have been shutting their eyes for .....
But, there have been some exceptions too. The exceptions are the tournaments organized by the ICC. In the tournaments organized by the ICC, not 95-98% matches are fixed. As the country's & team's pride is at stake, only one match per team is allowed (by all the interested & the concerned) to be thrown away by the favorites to the minnows. Want me to substantiate it? I am all game for it!
To conclude, I would like to say that whatever being forwarded @ whatsapp, betfair.com, bet365.com..... is just an advert to draw in the ....... and milk the ....... not just beyond their reach, but beyond their parents', their grandparents' and their great-grandparents' reach too.
It is a very vicious cycle in which our next-generation is being drawn into- the lure of earning easy-money.
So, it is the humblest of my request to you to not post such misinformation anywhere for a better future for our next generation.
Any assumed transgression is being begged for pardon herewith!
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new!