Sean points out that Chanderpaul's record over the last year puts him in Bradman territory. He was pretty unorthodox too, of course. Vir Sanghvi writes about the European Cup Final, club loyalties, and what's inevitably in store for cricket, via the IPL:
One objection could be that it blurs loyalties. How can the citizens
of Bombay believe that Sanath Jayasuriya or Shaun Pollock truly
I don’t know. But clearly they do believe that. If the IPL fever has
taught us anything, it is that fans will love any player, no matter
what his race, religion or nationality, as long as he plays well.
That’s true of the Premiership too. No Chelsea fan cares that the
only connection such players as Florent Malouda or Claude Makelele have
with their city is professional. As far as they are concerned, they are
all Chelsea players now. Manchester fans applauded Cristiano Ronaldo
when he scored United’s only goal in the Moscow final. He was as much a
player in their team as the very English Wayne Rooney (who ended up
being substituted towards the end of the game).
And, with James Anderson's bouncer taking out Daniel Flynn's teeth, here's a report on county player Dave Fulton nearly losing his eye from a bowling machine bouncer.