April 18, 2009

Bermuda

Sluggo announces his retirement

Martin Williamson





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Dwayne Leverock, Bermuda’s most recognisable player, has hung up his boots after the side lost their ODI status and failed to qualify for the 2011 World Cup.

“I can always hold my head up and know that I gave Bemuda everything I have,” Leverock said after the win over Uganda which secured Bermuda ninth place in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers. “I'm speechless right now. I shed a few tears early this morning and late on after the game when we won. It's hard for me. This is what I love to do. It's all in my heart, but this is the right time."

"There comes a time in your career when you need to take a step back. You've given all you can and your body sometimes tells you, with the aches and pains after games, that it is time to slow down. Even though my heart is still in it, the body says slow down.

"It is time to take a backseat especially with the youngsters coming through. I want to try to give them an opportunity to play and maybe I can spend some more time with my daughter. I haven't seen her as much as I would have liked to over the last four or five years."

Although the unlikeliest looking sportsman, his bulk has often overshadowed his undoubted ability with the ball and he has repeatedly been Bermuda’s most consistent bowler in both limited-over and first-class cricket. He will, inevitably, be best remembered for his diving slip catch against India at the 2007 World Cup and the remarkable and earth-shattering victory sprint which followed.

“It has meant so much to me to have people recognize me for who I am as an athlete,” he told the Bermuda Sun. "Some people say it is just your size but people look past that, you know. Walking through airports people recognise you, going through different countries people recognise you and talk about the World Cup and my achievements in the Intercontinental. I always have time for youngsters. It's a nice feeling to sign autographs and give them advice on their cricket."

He is not likely to be lost to the game altogether as he has plans to go into coaching and is aiming to get the necessary qualifications to help the next generation come through. "I know the level that I've been playing at and I know some of these youngsters can get to that level. It’s very important for me to help this programme go further. I was given the opportunity, now it is time for others to get their chance."

In 32 ODIs he took 34 wickets at 33.02 with an economy rate of 4.00, and in 15 first-class outings he captured 71 wickets at 26.47.

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Posted by Vilander on (February 17, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

Dwayne, you were awesome in that slip catch..man that is still etched in many people's memory there are millions of cricketers and fans in india that still remember you for that catch and more for that celebration.

may you get all that you wish for, best of luck.

Posted by lakmal on (May 6, 2009, 10:38 GMT)

dwayne, I am a srilankan,and i saw your team;s first ever worldcup match against us.Malinga and murali bamboozled your guys,but you had the courage to face them.your guys have the ability to go ahead.dont give it up!

Posted by Prashanth Ravindran on (April 20, 2009, 12:51 GMT)

Wow!! Gently fades the paunch.. Go Dwayne. It wont be easy to forget the celebration for a long time to come or the great catch for that matter. All the best for your future gigs, whether they involve diving acrobatically on fields to debutant fast bowlers, or hitting balls to kids at 6:00 AM (Somehow I have a sneaky feeling that this responsibility might be deemed to be 'character building' for the assistant coach)

--Prashanth

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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