October 19, 2009

West Indies cricket

Bolt to Gayle, OUT

Brydon Coverdale

West Indies cricket’s loss has clearly been athletics’ gain. Usain Bolt was said to be a handy cricketer before he concentrated on sprinting and during a charity match on Sunday he proved just how capable he was. Bolt not only struck Chris Gayle for a straight six but, as this Youtube video shows, he went on to bowl Gayle after welcoming him to the crease with a rising bouncer.

Reuters reported that Bolt brought the crowd to their feet when, “taking a long run up and bowling at a respectable pace, [he] had given Gayle a traditional West Indian welcome with his first ball". "I told Chris to watch out I was going to give him one but he didn't really believe it," Bolt said after the game.

Bolt batted with his brother Sadeeki and made 13 but reportedly looked more rusty with the bat than with the ball. His technique even impressed Curtly Ambrose, who was taking part in the match and said he was pleased to see Bolt’s “short and very surprising” opening ball to Gayle.

"I was pretty good as a kid and my cricket coach said I should concentrate on bowling because I was pretty quick running in," Bolt said. "I also used to open the batting for the school team but I haven't batted for a long time. The six was a brilliant feeling though. I shouldn't have got out so early but that six was a brilliant shot."

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