Cricket 24x7 - All the cricket

Breaking/Brief news

    May 30, 2006

    The original Caribbean 'Atlas'

    Given the number of times Brian Lara has more or less single-handedly carried (and occasionally let down) West Indies' batting over the past decade, it is amazing to think that his importance to the side would pale in comparison to how dependent the West Indies sides in the 1930s and 1940s were on George Alphonso Headley, born today.

    Among batsmen to have scored more than 2000 test runs, he has the third highest average, after Don Bradman and Graeme Pollock. Before World War II broke out, he averaged nearly 67 from 19 tests and he was only 29 years old. He made 10 centuries in his first 35 test innings. After nearly a decade, when he played test cricket again, he was unable to pick up from where he left off. At a time when everyone talks about too much cricket and players 'retire' to preserve themselves, it is poignant to think about how many great cricketers missed out on the best years of their cricketing careers because of the Second World War.

    Given that Headley was referred to as the 'Black Bradman' and Bradman was referred to as the 'White Headley', I thought it'd be interesting to compare how they did when they faced off against each other. As it turned out, West Indies toured Australia in 1930/31, the only time these two greats participated in the same test series. Headley definitely came away second best, averaging 37.3 to Bradman's 74.5.

    I'll hazard a guess - Australia's bowling attack, Bert Ironmonger and Clarrie Grimmett in particular, were much better than West Indies' lineup of Learie Constantine and a few other names I've never heard before. I also think Australia's harder pitches may have had something to do with it. In addition, the rest of the batting was getting blown away all the time. West Indies didn't make 300 until the last test, after being thrashed by huge margins in the remaining tests, including following-on in the second and third tests. The amazing part is that across the first decade of his career, until 1939 when World War intervened, the Australia tour was the only time he averaged less than 50 in a series!

    In 1948, he was appointed the first black captain of the West Indies.

    All this, from someone who nearly became a dentist in the US. A delay in procuring a passport to the United States to study dentistry gave him time to squeeze in knocks of 78 and 211 against a visiting English team.

    Labels: , ,


    Thus spake Jagadish @ 10:02 AM |
    Did you like the post? [ Subscribe to the blog feed - Blog Feed | | ]

    5 sledge(s):

    Read about Headley in Gideon Haigh's book 'Game for Anything'. My Atlas as far as Indian cricket is concerned is Kumble. I posted about it under the title 'My Atlas'.

    By Blogger SAI MADHAV (31-May-2006, 11:41:00 PM)  

    URL for your post, sm?

    By Blogger Jagadish (01-Jun-2006, 11:48:00 AM)  

    jagadish: my blog is viewlogic.blogspot.com and the above,mentioned post is titled-My Atlas.

    By Blogger SAI MADHAV (01-Jun-2006, 8:41:00 PM)  

    jagadish: I am not good at these link things. But made a try. Find out if it works.The link is http://viewlogic.blogspot.com/2006/04/my-atlas

    By Blogger SAI MADHAV (01-Jun-2006, 8:45:00 PM)  

    sm: Found it. Nice post. I reckon another player who you could categorize as his country's Atlas was Andy Flower.

    By Blogger Jagadish (02-Jun-2006, 9:58:00 AM)  


    We'd prefer if you posted comments with your real name to add more credibility to your opinions. However, the moderators reserve the right to delete comments, especially those containing offensive or unsuitable language. The opinions in the comments are your own views. You are welcome to provide a URL to your own cricket blog, but the moderators reserve the right to delete comments which only reference sites for viewing live streams.

    Post a Comment

    Links to The original Caribbean 'Atlas'

    Technorati

    Bloglines

    Blogger search:

    Create a Link


    Links within entries open in a new window. Some of the links may now be broken/not take you to the expected report since the original content providers may have archived/removed the contents. Some of the sites linked may require registration/subscription.
    All opinions expressed are those of the authors alone. The authors' respective employers (past, present or future) are in no way connected to the opinions expressed here.
    All pictures, photographs used are copyrights of the original owners. We do not intend to infringe on any copyright. Pictures and photographs are used here to merely accentuate and enhance the content value to our readers.

    Powered by Blogger Locations of visitors to this page
    HOME
    RSS Feed - RSS Feed


    Contact us
    cricket24x7 at gmail dot com
    cricket24x7 at yahoo dot com

    How Cricket 24x7 started


    The squad
    WI tour - lessons learnt..notes taken..looking for...
    Being superstitious does help!
    The Ajit Agarkar debate
    Harsha on the Indian options
    Have a laugh!
    Test Squad for WI tour
    Notes on an Indian loss
    Angus Fraser has lost his marbles
    Well done, Thanks a lot and now we want the old Ka...
    Forty rounds



    RHS navbar photo source - Tc7

    Partnership between


    Creative Commons License
    Cricket 24x7 - All the cricket by V Ganesh & S Jagadish is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.