It Takes All Sorts: Celebrating cricket's colourful by Peter Roebuck

By Peter Roebuck

A private choice of Peter Roebuck's favorite cricket characters earlier and current, written in his personal inimitable variety and from his vantage aspect as either participant and commentator.

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He showed that little peril lay in the pitch, and that Warne could be countered, if not conquered. In his way, Inzamam was as entertaining and personable as young Saqlain Mushtaq had been. Cricket needs such fresh and lively talents. Among Inzamam’s characteristics is a reluctance to bother about such trifles as running between wickets.

Often he seems a mightier figure in history books than in contemporary newspapers, let alone around the breakfast table. Nevertheless, sport is almost disconcertingly non-judgemental in its bestowing of gifts. ’ Whether or not the film Amadeus is accurate cannot be said, but the supposed relationship between Mozart and Salieri has many echoes in sport as the intelligent mediocrity contemplates the wanton genius. It is the aim of this chapter to show that it is not as simple as that. The characters portrayed are exceptional in many ways and not just in the execution of a particular skill.

Gavaskar said he was flummoxed, and the ever-contentious Bishen Bedi shook his turban sorrowfully. Dozens of Indian reporters lamented this error of judgement. Azharuddin was carrying the can, as captains must. After two days in the field, it was a heavy load. England declared at 4/653. 47 It Takes all Sorts 31/5/05 1:02 PM Page 48 PETER ROEBUCK Could India fight back? Against the West Indies in 1988–89, their batting—Sanjay Manjrekar and sometimes Ravi Shastri apart—had lacked resolution, so much so that the captain, Dilip Vengsarkar, accused his men of cowardice.

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