Wednesday, March 21, 2007

C K Nayudu

Only recently Herschelle Gibbs wrote his name in the history of one-day cricket by smashing six sixers in a single over. A first class equivalent was established by Sir Garfield Sobers and our own Ravi Shastri earlier, yet the column had so far remained empty in the international record books.

For our age, sixers are associated with Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Sanath Jayasuriya, Adam Gilchrist or probably the long forgotten Baroda strong-hitter Atul Bedade (who interestingly played an unlucky number, 13, ODI's for India, managing only 5 sixers!). For one generation older, I can't tell who to associate sixers with. But for a generation and half older to our parents, CK Nayudu was synonymous with sixers. At least, that's what I gather reading Ram Guha's Cricket history. Writing about him, he quotes an interesting paragraph by Neville Cardus, arguably the most brilliant of cricket writers:

Cardus notes Bradman's batting as disciplined, flawless and perfect. He calls this skill his master and not his servant, as for our C K Nayudu. This is exactly in line with my older post in which I called the Australian batting rather unattractive and predictable due to its perfection! No denying that the Aussies have dominated world cricket and barring the exception of last few games they played (and lost!) they have never allowed any other team to come close to their standards.

Neville Cardus' above words do suggest that sport is not only about winning and dominating. And what example other than C K Nayudu's to prove that!

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