Monday, April 20, 2009

That's Not Cricket, Mr. President

Oh, wait. Yes it is. Cool pic.

The other guy is, apparently, Brian Lara. So now I am much more worldly thanks to my new cosmopolitan president: I now know the names of nearly two professional cricket players.

Last time I was in England, I picked up a paper and read a few paragraphs from the sports section. I loved how easily the words flowed in one eye and out the other, with absolutely zero comprehension on my part. Here is a bit of the Wikipedia entry for Brian Lara, almost as good:

He holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history.[3] He also holds the record for the highest individual score in a test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004.[4] Remarkably, he is the only batsman to have ever scored a hundred, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games over the course of a senior career.[5] [6] Lara also holds the test record of scoring most number of runs in a single over, when he scored 28 runs off an over by Robin Peterson of South Africa in 2003.[7]

Lara's match-winning performance of 153 not out against Australia in Bridgetown, Barbados in 1999 has been rated by Wisden as the second best batting performance in the history of Test cricket, next only to the 270 runs scored by Sir Donald Bradman in The Ashes test match of 1937.

"Scoring 400 not out?" "Off an over?"

Wonderful stuff.

1 comment:

John Evo said...

Come on, B. It's the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history.