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Roston Chase: For The 2nd Time In 9-Months I Doff My Hat In Total Admiration.

by Anura Guruge


Roston Chase is THE MAN!

The exciting new face & talent of
West Indian cricket.

Latest century was a beaut; a classic.

Bravo!

You, Roston, is a CHAMPION.



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Pretty spectacular Test career — as he is played as an allrounder.

Only played in 10 Tests and he has scored 3 centuries and 3 fifties! That is 6 significant innings in 10 matches. Not bad. He has also taken 17 wickets.

He has already done the century and 5 wickets in an innings in the same Test already — in his 2nd Test.

The West Indies could have saved the 3rd Test against Pakistan. C’est la vie.

To think that he is the next Sobers is way too premature. But he is going in the right direction. Maybe the next Carl Hooper.


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The Unique Beauty Of Cricket: Ramdin Voids Catch, Chris Gayle Celebrates With Afghanistan Victors.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access official ICC video of West Indies Denesh Ramdin saying ‘NO’ to a catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT.


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Click image for YouTube video of West Indies Chris Gayle dancing with the Afghan players after they defeated the West Indies. Classic …


I really do not think you see this level of sportsmanship in any other sport. No wonder we have the adage “it is just not cricket” to describe ‘bad behavior’ (of the Donald Trump kind).

Earlier this year, as I documented, we had British National Hero Ian Botham wiping a tear from his eye when (black) South African youngster Temba Bavuma score his maiden century in Tests — against England. Where else would you see that. A national hero shedding a tear when somebody in the other team scores a century against their country. That was brilliant.

Then Denesh Ramdin indicating that it was NOT a fair catch AFTER the umpire gave it as OUT. There are NO REVIEWS in T20. It would have been a done deal. Even if they saw it on replays after nothing would have been said or done. It was all legit. But Ramdin voided the catch. Yes, we have seen West Indies players not say anything in other ‘questionable catch’ situations — but this was nice. Yes, I know that the outcome of this match did not matter. The West Indies had already qualified for the Semi Finals. But it was grand. Made my day.

And then to have Chris Gayle helping the victorious Afghan players celebrate. Meant a LOT to them and you could tell that. Here was a cricket superstar, from the opposition, sharing their joy. Yes, Chris Gayle did NOT play in the match — and as I just said the outcome of this match did not matter. But it was another lovely gesture. And even greater … The commentators (echoing the views of the fans) applauded. Nobody misinterpreted it as Chris Gayle not being loyal to his team. We all knew that this WAS CRICKET.


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From Twitter. Click to ENLARGE and read.


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Why Cricket Is Such A Beautiful Game: British Legend Botham Tears Up When South African Bavuma Scores Maiden Century.

by Anura Guruge


I caught it, i.e., Beefy Botham, all dressed up, wiping tears from his eyes, when 25-year old, ‘little’ (he is 5′ 6″, if that) Temba Bavuma, in his 7th Test Match, scored his maiden Test century. It was quite the innings — even after the superlative Master Class 201 by (vastly recovered) South African captain Hashim Amla and three impressive knocks by AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis & Chris Morris (in his 1st Test). It brought tears to my eyes, though I wasn’t that familiar with Bavuma until this gusty, match-saving innings.

But to see Ian, the Godfather of British cricket, tearing up when a South African steals the Test away from England is what makes cricket SO SPECIAL, SO UNIQUE and SO BEAUTIFUL.

Thank YOU, Ian. I have always liked YOU, through thick and thin. This spontaneous gesture elevates your glorious status, as a GIANT among men, even further.

This was SPECIAL.

Until I just read it I did NOT realize that Bavuma’s hundred was the 1st Test Century by a Black South African. That is special. Nelson would have been so proud. Wonder what Barry Richard’s thought.


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From Twitter. Click to ENLARGE and read.


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From the British ‘Daily Telegraph’. Temba Bavuma celebrating his Maiden Test hundred. ENJOY.


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Ross Taylor’s Innings Of 290 For New Zealand In The 2nd Test Match vs. Australia.

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That was quite the innings even after the often glorious batting we had seen by Australian David Warner and Usman Khawaja. The latter was a revelation to me in this Test series. Never heard of him before. He sure can bat, and do so attractively. Hope his hamstring pull will not keep him out. David Warner, I knew, and I was not surprised. The only thing that surprised me was that he did not try for a triple. Ditto Ross Taylor. It was a shame to see him get out at 290. Wow.

Ross Taylor is no stranger to me though I didn’t know anything really about him other than that he can bat and catch. I, given his distinctive facial features, had suspected that he had some Māori in him. Today, for the first time, I looked him up — on Wikipedia for expediency. I was wrong but that is not surprising because I am no expert when it comes to Polynesian ethnicity. His mother is Samoan. So that explains the features. His full name is Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor. Never knew that. That is quite the name.

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Ross Taylor with his tongue out.

So as to his innings, which as some of the commentators did not tire of saying was indeed a Master Class of batting. I wish we had television when I was growing up and that I would have been able to see the likes of this innings. He would have helped me tremendously.

Did YOU notice how he put his tongue out — ‘Haka‘ style — when he got to 100 & 200. See picture. Was that a Samoan thing, like the Haka. Nobody commented on it though it was very obvious. I doubt it was just a ‘nervous’ thing though I have noticed that he does put his tongue out, not as much as this, more often than most.

That he the first Kiwi to score a double century against Australia amazed me. I just had assumed that this had had to have been done earlier. Pretty amazing. 2015 before first Kiwi double century against the Aussies.

That his 290 is the HIGHEST score in Australia by a visiting batsman also surprised the heck out of me. Wow. And Ross Taylor. Good for him.

I checked. His highest score by a stretch, his previous best having been 217. That is great. Just wish he had made 300. I was all ready. Then he holed out. But that is OK. I hope he gets to score a triple at some point.