.by Anura Guruge
With ESPN, as we are all beginning to appreciate, to our loss, there is ‘theory’ and then there is ‘practice’ — with no apparent connection between the two. This morning’s (i.e., June 29, 2013) CricInfo video page claims that there is a free ‘Highlights: West Indies defeats Sri Lanka comfortably led by Chris Gayle’s brilliant century and a four-wicket haul by Sunil Narine (03:54) | Jun 29, 2013’. Well I clicked on it till I was blue in the face and that takes some doing given my tan — even during this rainy, gloomy June in New England (thanks to my tanning lights).
Nothing. The video shows as 0:00/0:00. That means it hasn’t been uploaded. It is very frustrating. The ICC should be deprived of their collective balls for giving these TV rights to bloody ESPN.
I like watching Chris Gayle and over the last 6 months (using my 80 hour recorded cache from TEN cricket) I had watched a lot of Chris Gayle. He is something else. I was lucky enough to have seen the likes of Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Collis King. [Yes, I was there and saw his 86 at the 1979 World Cup, my abiding memory being Viv applauding him, with genuine appreciation, when we was finally out).
None of them had the physical dimensions and strength of Chris, never mind that railway sleeper that he uses as a bat. I often wonder how Viv and Gordon would have fared if they also had modern, super-heavy bats — they, in their time, resorting to the latest and greatest of that era such as the scoop bat and the Jumbo. Chris’ technique, however, always amuses me. His technique at times is worse than mine, and like him I too could hit the ball, a very long way, if it was just right — it was all the other balls that were my undoing, as is the case with Chris. Interesting that he is allowed to get away with it. But, when he clicks he sure does click.
While waiting for ESPN to load the video you may want to check out the photo gallery. There are some good pictures. This picture cracked me up:
And here here is one of Gayle.