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  1. Is a knee in the Kintamayamas legal?

    All the advantages? We must have been playing under different circumstances, the only advantage legspinners get in my neck of the woods is that we practice the sexiest discipline of the game. ;)
  2. Is a knee in the Kintamayamas legal?

    Αh but that was not what I meant... (also, I am from a non-cricketing country too. Watching the upcoming Ashes will be a bothersome task.) Bodyline tactics are disadvantaged due to the law prohibiting bodyline fielding placements. Douglas Jardine needed at least 2 leg slips, leg gully, shortish fine leg and a sweeper at deep fine/long leg as to not leak runs through gaps behind square leg. Mitchell Johnson destroyed England in the 13/14 Ashes and SA in the subsequent Test series through bowling short- but at stump width or offside of stump width, and very rarely legside of the stumps or into the batsmen's ribs as Bodyline tactics would have dictated. Add to that the law that you can't be out lbw off a ball that pitches outside leg (which as a legspinner is frustrating to no end, grumble grumble) and Bodyline as Woodfull, Bradman, Oldfield and co. knew it is something punished by the laws of the game. Short-pitched bowling on the other hand is something that never left the game of cricket and never will. As you pointed out, the WI attack of Marshall/Holding/Garner/Croft and their successors Walsh and Ambrose thrived on it. But rarely did you see the right-arm pace bowlers go around the wicket to right-hand batsmen and attack on a leg-stump line or further inside the body. That doesn't mean a lack of hostility (alright there Geoff Boycott?) but that the hostility was orthodox. Interestingly enough, the one attack I've seen that did try to use actual bodyline tactics in post-war cricket were the unassuming and largely forgotten SL medium-pacers of the 80s led by Rumesh Ratnayake.
  3. Is a knee in the Kintamayamas legal?

    Looking at this article from on kinjite, it says that it's forbidden to strike "vital points (急所) such as, among others, the eyes or solar plexus". You would think that this includes the kintamas. By the way, bodyline bowling is severely discouraged by the laws of cricket since that infamous 1932-33 Ashes series. The fact that you can't have more than two fieldsmen behind square on the leg side means that any proper bodyline attack will leak runs to no end through where the leg slips/gullies would have been.
  4. Is a knee in the Kintamayamas legal?

    The heavier the balls, the less they swing. Take it from a professional sportsman. (mods, this isn't porn I swear)
  5. Is a knee in the Kintamayamas legal?

    It's kicking above the knees that's illegal. So the legitimacy of the knee depends on the size of the 'nads.
  6. When everyone fails, nobody fails! Welcome to the club Herr Klaus, but be warned, another victory might be seen as excessive by your fellow runners-up. Not to mention the Kyokai.
  7. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Speaking of promising newcomers, Hokutofuji, aka the man previously but also currently (but especially previously) known as Daiki seems to be in good nick. Kisenosato tomorrow will be a telling bout for both of them.
  8. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    4-2 at M1w (13th spot overall on this banzuke) after facing all available Y/O and Yoshikaze hints at more than just eight to me... won't be too surprised with 11.
  9. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Hakuhou using his airborne leg to help throw Shouhouzan at the last second reminds me of his extraordinary yaguranage against Okinoumi two Kyushu bashos ago.
  10. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    While Hakuhou's impact in his jikan-mae attempt might have been a bit much, there's nothing inherently wrong with a jikan-mae start. In fact, in an ideal (for the rikishi) world where the rikishi don't have a warm-up-time limit, every tachiai would be unprompted. This was no dishonourable act on Hakuhou's part and would have been a really really cool thing to see.
  11. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    That's a classic! And now I'm sad.