November 20, 2009

B.B.O.T.D- Birds of the same feather

Nov 20th is a special day in Kiwi cricket. Not only their grandfather like figure Chris Harris, was born today but, it is also the birthday of Dion Nash. Regardless, this small nation has produced some giant cricketers like Sir Hadlee, Cairns (both of them), Crowe, Fleming, Astle, … In this list is also the mention of one particular Chris Harris. Harris was pre-dominantly an ODI specialist, as seen by his peers. He was the first New Zealand player to feature in 250 ODI’s, the first to get 200 wickets in ODI’s. He was trash to some, and tricky to others. He was regarded as a good fielder, taking 90 catches and many run-outs, mainly standing from square leg if I’m right! He shares the record of most caught and bowled dismissals with Muralitharan. His performances with the bat are unforgettable. His knocks against Australia and India, where he single handedly won them games. Undoubtedly, he earned respect from the cricket community in New Zealand for his services.

Dion Nash was one such cricketer, whom many imagine might have achieved glory if not for his injury bread career. He bowled at a lively pace, and the very mention of his name reminds me of his performance at Mohali years ago on a seaming track. The Indians were left huffing and puffing and managed a mere 75 odd in a test match, such was the performance by the Kiwis courtesy Dion Nash. It is so, that I love the way Kiwis play their cricket, with a mix of brain and brawn, they have never failed to impress. Today, the same can’t be said about the New Zealand cricket team, filled with talent but lack in execution. The still do garner respect from every opposition, and are a feared side in any form of the game. Chris Harris and Dion Nash are just two Kiwi cricketers, and they share their bday on nov 20th so they are in the honorary birthday bums of the day.

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