The first cricket blog we came across outside the mainstream media was Jarrod Kimber’s cricket with balls.
We lived to tell the tale.
Cricket with balls most definitely falls into the terrorist category of cricket blogs and is a no-holds barred, full-frontal assault on the game once played by gentlemen.
Appealing to (and I quote) “hermaphrodites, perverts, cricket fans, and anyone not related to a cricketer we hate”, cricket with balls has long been one of the most popular (and downright dirty) blogs available.
Indeed, the site has nearly as many followers as the Church of Scientology and perhaps therefore appropriately has even started its own religion – Sehwagology.
Cricket with balls has catapulted JRod from outside (as in on the other side of the world outside) the mainstream cricket media into a position today when it sometimes feels that he is the cricket media – editing Spin Cricket, appearing as one-half of The Two Chucks, writing articles for the Wisden Almanack and being one of Test Match Sofa’s crack commentary team.
That Jarrod has done all this without any sign of compromise (ok Spin Cricket maybe doesn’t have quite as much swearing as cricket with balls) is a tribute to his much mimicked but never bettered style.
Jarrod’s success particularly in 2011 has probably had a bit of a detrimental effect on cricket with balls as he clearly now doesn’t have the time to devote to it that he used to.
Finally, Jarrod would probably (no, try definitely) want us to finish by reminding you that you can buy his three books at your friendly, local Amazon book store.
Follow JRod on Twitter @cricketwballs - be warned, if you are easily offended you may want to avert your eyes.
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PS: Whilst the Reverse Sweep is busy packing up and moving back to Surrey from the South of France, we'll be counting down our Top 20 cricket blogs whilst we are away (so to speak)...