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Fidel Edwards

'I can get pretty angry'

Wrestling, soccer, digging into some Jamaican cooking, and dishing it out to batsmen - are what keep West Indies' fiery spearhead ticking

Nagraj Gollapudi

June 11, 2009

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A frustrated Fidel Edwards, Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils, IPL, 21st match, Centurion, April 30, 2009
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How may tattoos do you have?
About five - all on the arms. Mostly my son's name - Thierry Edwards - and his pictures. He is going to turn three on June 25.

Is he named after Thierry Henry?
Yes, though I'm not a Barcelona fan. I root for Manchester United.

Who is your all-time favourite soccer player?
Diego Maradona. He was very skillful, played with a lot of touches, and had a lot of imagination.

Who is the best soccer player in the West Indies squad?
Probably me!

How do you make Chris Gayle angry?
Chris Gayle angry?! No one makes him angry.

What was the fastest ball you ever bowled?
Probably against Jacques Kallis on my first tour to South Africa. It was around the 97mph mark. What did he do? Nothing. It went for four byes.

If you had Allen Stanford's million, what would you buy?
I don't have it so I can't say.

You seem to be a John Cena [WWF wrestler] fan. If you were him for a day, which cricketer would you like to face on the mat?
I really don't know, but I would like to come out on top.

Who has the most mojo in the Windies dressing room?
I can't answer that either.

You look like you have a fascination for wrist bands.
I like to be colourful - I have about 10 of them.

Who is the fastest bowler you have seen?
Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar

Let's test your IPL knowledge. What does VVS in VVS Laxman stand for?
It means Very Very Special.

You seem to have a thing with James Anderson. You were after him with bouncers in the recent Test series.
That is part of the game, right? I won't say what gets me angry, but I can get pretty angry at times.

Who is the fastest runner on the West Indies team?
Dwayne Bravo.

You missed Andrew Symonds by a few days while playing for the Deccan Chargers in the IPL.
Yeah, yeah, I did. It is a shame we couldn't celebrate the win in the IPL. I had to join the West Indies squad for the England series.

Who's the best batsman you've bowled to?
Maybe not the best, but the one who has given me most trouble is Kallis. He is a solid player who watches every ball very closely and gives you hardly any chance.

Tell us something we don't know about you.
I love Jamaican food.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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