Theoretically, I should really dislike Virat Kohli. But I can’t…

Only five players have 25 or more ODI centuries, and Kohli has done it in 70 fewer innings than the previous quickest, one SR Tendulkar. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: It almost feels like a birthright. If they’re the best player on the opposition side, then there really is no reason for you to like them. Works for football, works for cricket, works for marbles.

If they’re beating the team you follow or play for – that is, the good guys – then they can only be labelled as the villain. And no-one likes bad guys, right?

Virat Kohli ticks all the opposition bad guy boxes.

Arrogant. Mouthy. Competitive. Really, really good…

Cheap Seats Episode 59: Pull your head in, David

Wallabies Sekope Kepu (L) and Nic White are the latest to annouce post-RWC departures. How many more to follow?

Wallabies Sekope Kepu (L) and Nic White are the latest to annouce post-RWC departures. How many more to follow?

Ryan O’Connell and I have finally returned from the Christmas/New Year break in Episode 59 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

A good spattering of #AskTheCheapSeats questions over the break included topics ranging from the Great Wallabies Exodus, the right number of Mitchells in a World Cup squad, to whether Bradman or Jordan was the greatest sportsman of all time and all sports.

Cricket-wise, we take a look back at the Australia-India Test Series, the current Tri-Series one-dayers, AB de Villiers outrageous 31-ball century, and the pointy end of the BBL.

And no, we don’t gloss over “the whole sledging debate”, with the general consensus being that while much of the debate is overblown, David Warner still needs to pull his head in.

The token wrap this week includes the NRL All-Star teams, the Asian Cup quarter finals, and the confirmation of the Super Bowl combatants.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats.  And stay cheap!

ABC Grandstand – Australia wins 2nd ODI, AB de Villiers goes nuts..

Mitchell Starc has 10 wickets in the first two Tri-Series ODIs. Image: ABC Grandstand

Mitchell Starc has 10 wickets in the first two Tri-Series ODIs. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: With Michael and Rob in the chair again this week, it was great chatting to the Grandstand Breakfast boys about Australia’s impressive start to the One-Day Tri-Series tournament.

After knocking off England in Sydney on Friday night, Australia accounted for India in Melbourne, where Mitchell Starc was “just happy to contribute” with his career-best ODI figures of 6/43, and James Faulkner’s finishing prowess again got Australia home after something of a middle order collapse.

Pretty in Pink: AB de Villiers was setting records for fun last night. Image: ABC Grandstand

Pretty in Pink: AB de Villiers was setting records for fun last night. Image: ABC Grandstand

And yes, we also found time to discuss South African skipper AB de Villiers’ stupendous knock in Johannesburg last night, where he notched the fastest ever ODI century from just 31 balls. It was ridiculous! He also set the fastest ever ODI fifty along the way (16 balls), and South Africa went on post a new record score, of 2/439 from their 50 overs against the West Indies.

The Windies, despite making 291 in reply, still lost by 148. Worst still, they won the toss and bowled…

 

 

ABC Grandstand Cricket Council – Tri-Series preview

Ian Bell was magnificent making 187 in Canberra on Wednesday, and England are a better team with Alastair Cook. Image via www.cricket.com.au

Ian Bell was magnificent making 187 in Canberra on Wednesday, and England are a better team without Alastair Cook. Image via www.cricket.com.au

ABC Grandstand Digital: Having seen a fair bit of England this week, I was glad to get the summons to appear on the Cricket Council again this morning, where the lovely Melinda Farrell and I attempted to talk some sense around their improvements as a side, and the Tri-Series one-dayers starting in Sydney this afternoon..