The Gentle Giant

by

Inzy remains one of the elite batsmen in contemporary cricket, and one of my favorites.  His stoic demeanor, intimidating presence, unphased temperament and languid grace make him a fascinating sight on a cricket pitch.  Mike Selvey pays his homage to this last of the breed non-conformist in this humorous piece.

The king of taking it easy

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4 Responses to “The Gentle Giant”

  1. Amar Says:

    Haha!! I like the title “The king of taking it easy”. The one thing that I will always remember about the “Big Potato” is the time he went into the crowd to stick up for himself in Toronto (Sahara Cup). That was hilarious.

    But, on a serious note, if he had ever taken care of his body even a little bit he could have been in the class of a Sachin or a Lara. Unfortunately, he chose not to.

  2. Zainub Says:

    It’s not a matter of him choosing to be like he is – he is innately like he is now: big. And too much is often made of his weight, I personally love him just the way he is, and anything but a heavy Inzi would be unacceptable to me so used to have I become to this figure of his.

    But the thing I love about his batting most is how much time he seems to have to play his shots. That is why he is such a good player of both fast and spin bowling, he plays both very late, after having allowed the ball to do what ever it wants, and that’s a sign of great batsmanship.

    The best thing any one ever wrote about Inzi IMHO was when Osman Samiuddin (from Cricinfo) described him as some one who “bats like a mountain but scores like a river”.

    PS: Thanks for your comment on Sundries Partick, I didn’t hide my blog, just that when I came to Line and Length for the first time, Sundries had not begun by then!

  3. Raja Says:

    I think he is a good cricketer, though I find it hard to believe that he can be so poor against Australia.

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