February 20, 2012

Your name sounds familiar

People (including a dictator) who have lent their names to cricket
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Thomas Lord
The name has a regal air: Lord's Cricket Ground. You can almost imagine lords (and, latterly, ladies) promenading on and around the ground. But the title isn't anything to do with the aristocracy: the ground is named after Thomas Lord, a Yorkshireman who moved to London when his family fell on hard times. In 1787, at the behest of some wealthy backers, he opened the first Lord's ground, and charged sixpence a time for entry. It became popular, and Lord was able to sell his ground (by then the current one) in 1829. But the name Lord's stuck. It just wouldn't have been the same if he'd been Thomas Smith.

Bernard Bosanquet
The inventor of the googly, BJT Bosanquet of Oxford University and Middlesex, is hardly remembered in his native country now - more people recall his bewigged newsreader son Reginald - but in Australia there are still a few people who call the sneaky delivery a "bosey", after the man who first bowled it. Richie Benaud, not a bad purveyor of them himself, is the man most likely to.

Don Bradman
Almost every big cricket ground in Australia has a Bradman Stand, there's a Bradman Oval in his childhood home of Bowral, a Bradman Museum, *and Bradman Streets here there and everywhere Down Under. But perhaps the oddest thing the Don gave his name to - unknowingly, since he was already dead - was a range of biscuits in India. Bradman's family described him as "a loved and missed family member, not a brandname like Mickey Mouse", and took court action. The case was settled last year.

Waqar Younis
The fearsome Pakistan fast bowler became a verb for a while, as quivering batsmen around the world talked of being "waqared" by his searing in-ducking yorker. It whipped in at you at about 95mph, and just when you thought you'd got the hang of it, he started reverse-swinging it too. There wasn't much respite at the other end, either: batsmen who escaped Waqar would usually be confronted by Wasim Akram, almost as fast, and left-arm to boot.

Doug Walters
Doug from Dungog was so popular at the SCG that fans erected a banner proclaiming part of the old Hill as "the Doug Walters Stand". This happened with such regularity that it was eventually officially renamed in his honour. The bad news for Walters followers was that it was demolished in 2007, to make way for a new building. However, there remains a Doug Walters Bar (in the Victor Trumper Stand), which seems somehow appropriate, given that Walters' training regime legendarily involved a beer and a cigarette. Friends and fans alike were gobsmacked when the former 80-a-day man gave up smoking in 2010.

KD Singh "Babu"
Several cricket grounds in India are named after administrators - there's the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the Chinnaswamy in Bangalore and the Chidambaram in Chennai - but none of the major ones are named after a cricketer. There is a Test ground named after a sportsman, though: the one in Lucknow, which has staged just the one Test (against Sri Lanka in 1993-94) commemorates KD Singh, an Indian hockey legend who won Olympic gold medals in 1948 and (as captain) in 1952.

Plum Warner
England captain, founder of the Cricketer magazine, and joint manager on the Bodyline Tour (not his finest hour), Sir Pelham Warner is commemorated at Lord's with a rather draughty stand beside the pavilion. Others to have stands named after them there are Denis Compton, Bill Edrich and Gubby Allen: but regulars in the maritime-roofed edifice near the Lord's shop will be sad to learn that an extensive trawl through Wisden has yet to unearth a prominent cricketer called Mound.

Stanley Barnes
When I first went to Edgbaston, I had a seat in front of the lovely old scoreboard in a small area called the Stanley Barnes Stand. I didn't think much about the name, probably assuming it had something to do with the great bowler SF Barnes, who played briefly for Warwickshire. But he, of course, was Sydney Barnes, so who was Stanley? Turns out he wasn't a cricketer at all, but a prominent local doctor, who was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the nearby University of Birmingham from 1931 to 1941. He was Warwickshire's president for a time during the 1950s.

Colonel Gaddafi
One of the unlikeliest of cricket facts is that the Test ground in Lahore is named after the ex-dictator of Libya, whose long and violent rule came to a bloody end in 2011. The cricket ground was originally called the Lahore Stadium, but was renamed in 1974 after Gaddafi gave a speech in the city in which he supported Pakistan's right to have nuclear weapons. Since Gaddafi was overthrown there have been moves to rename the ground again - "I don't think his profile is inspirational enough to link with our cricket stadium's identity," understated a local sporting official - but nothing has happened yet.

Tillakaratne Dilshan
Time will tell whether the name "Dilscoop" sticks for the exciting, if dangerous, shot that involves shovelling the ball over your head, while hoping said head doesn't get in the way. As Dilshan tried to perfect the stroke, some of his warier Sri Lankan team-mates suggested it might be better to call it the "starfish" shot - "because a starfish has no brain".

Wally Grout
A cheerful presence behind the stumps for Australia in 51 Tests, most of them in the 1960s, Queenslander Wally Grout was a jovial character - but one unlikely to have a major cricket edifice named in his honour. According to Fred Trueman, though, there was a Wally Grout Urinal at the SCG, although your correspondent is yet to find it.

* Feb 20, 2012 09:48:44 GMT: A reference to "Bradman Gates" at the SCG was removed

Steven Lynch is the editor of the Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2012.

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  • AngryAngy on February 23, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Have to point out that Marillier's shot, the one that is more often replicated, is distinct from the Dilshan one. Dilshan gets low like in a sweep and scoops the ball over his shoulder. You could call it an upper-sweep because he just flicks the ball away in a short arc from that position. The other shot is kind of a back foot shot where the face of the bat is brought under the ball to deflect it. It's a lot less well defined; Doug Marillier would move across to the off and from there he could play both a sliced dink over the keeper but from the same position also something that was more of a fine-leg pull.

  • justprashanth on February 21, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    There is also Mankaded from Vinoo Mankad.

  • Chona on February 21, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    what about Saqlain's DOOSRA...which was adopted by players and commentators alike....??? no mention here....strange.....

  • 4test90 on February 21, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    There is one cricketer whose name has been inseperable from the game for 150 years - well before Test cricket even began. The one and only John Wisden !!

  • Stevo_ on February 21, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Pfft Dilshan did not invent the ramp or scoop shot

  • notvery on February 21, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Doug Walters stand. the grassy Hill at North Sydney oval has the "Doug Walters Stand" sign upon it...

  • on February 20, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    you forgot yasir arafat is a pakistani cricketer too..

  • Markdal on February 20, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Wally Grout has been immortalised in Australia in a different way - a "Wally Grout" is rhyming slang for a 'shout' or buying a round of drinks.

  • Mel-waas on February 20, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Yes, Mankadad should have made that list. But there is no need to cry about it. As this list is not the final word. of course if one sits down goes through two hundred years of cricket history, one can come up with at least hundred such terms...

  • mozen-rath on February 20, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Not a proven fact but myth has it that 'Chinaman' used to describe the left-arm unorthodox spin style of bowling got its name from Ellis Edgar Achong, the Chinese origin cricketer who played for West-Indies.

    'Dilscoop' is highly over-rated. To me Douglas Marillier played that shot more effectively and was a major contributor to his wagon wheel. The world has almost forgot the way he marilliered India to help Zimbabwe win the match entirely due to that particular shot. Even the legendary Glen McGrath was on one occassion a victim of the Marrilier onslaught. Zimbabwe fell short by 1 run in that match.

    Also KD Singh is not the only Hockey legend to have a cricket stadium in his name, there's Capatin Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior named after Roop Singh, the brother of the hockey magician, Dhyan Chand. The venue is where Sachin Tendulkar scored the first double hundred in ODI's. The venue however has never hosted a test match till date.

  • AngryAngy on February 23, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Have to point out that Marillier's shot, the one that is more often replicated, is distinct from the Dilshan one. Dilshan gets low like in a sweep and scoops the ball over his shoulder. You could call it an upper-sweep because he just flicks the ball away in a short arc from that position. The other shot is kind of a back foot shot where the face of the bat is brought under the ball to deflect it. It's a lot less well defined; Doug Marillier would move across to the off and from there he could play both a sliced dink over the keeper but from the same position also something that was more of a fine-leg pull.

  • justprashanth on February 21, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    There is also Mankaded from Vinoo Mankad.

  • Chona on February 21, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    what about Saqlain's DOOSRA...which was adopted by players and commentators alike....??? no mention here....strange.....

  • 4test90 on February 21, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    There is one cricketer whose name has been inseperable from the game for 150 years - well before Test cricket even began. The one and only John Wisden !!

  • Stevo_ on February 21, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Pfft Dilshan did not invent the ramp or scoop shot

  • notvery on February 21, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Doug Walters stand. the grassy Hill at North Sydney oval has the "Doug Walters Stand" sign upon it...

  • on February 20, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    you forgot yasir arafat is a pakistani cricketer too..

  • Markdal on February 20, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Wally Grout has been immortalised in Australia in a different way - a "Wally Grout" is rhyming slang for a 'shout' or buying a round of drinks.

  • Mel-waas on February 20, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Yes, Mankadad should have made that list. But there is no need to cry about it. As this list is not the final word. of course if one sits down goes through two hundred years of cricket history, one can come up with at least hundred such terms...

  • mozen-rath on February 20, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Not a proven fact but myth has it that 'Chinaman' used to describe the left-arm unorthodox spin style of bowling got its name from Ellis Edgar Achong, the Chinese origin cricketer who played for West-Indies.

    'Dilscoop' is highly over-rated. To me Douglas Marillier played that shot more effectively and was a major contributor to his wagon wheel. The world has almost forgot the way he marilliered India to help Zimbabwe win the match entirely due to that particular shot. Even the legendary Glen McGrath was on one occassion a victim of the Marrilier onslaught. Zimbabwe fell short by 1 run in that match.

    Also KD Singh is not the only Hockey legend to have a cricket stadium in his name, there's Capatin Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior named after Roop Singh, the brother of the hockey magician, Dhyan Chand. The venue is where Sachin Tendulkar scored the first double hundred in ODI's. The venue however has never hosted a test match till date.

  • Advanced_Donkeys on February 20, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    @ Keith Mason : The"Spoon" is actually a utensil used in a kitchen.This is "Dilscoop".

  • on February 20, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    I will always rate The Marillier Shot above the Dilscoop :D All Indian who watched 'That Math' will :D

  • Charindra on February 20, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Mankad should seriously get a mention here... and it's called the DilScoop cuz he popularized it at the 2009 champions trophy in England by playing it with almost 100% success. Simple.

  • P.B.Mohan on February 20, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Was not there a Bishen Singh Bedi Stadium at Jullundur in India? Thanks, P.B.Mohan

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Dilscoop, I think NOT. Dougie Marrilier was playing way before Dishan.

  • o-bomb on February 20, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Why would you call a Yorker a Malinga when it's already called a Yorker? It'd be like calling a Wide a Johnson.

  • on February 20, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Every One Forgot the one and only Dr W G Grace

  • MrArmchairCricket on February 20, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    "Your name sounds familiar" - what about Pakistani cricketer Yasir Arafat.. that sounds remarkably familiar..

  • Hrit24 on February 20, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    I think Doug Marillier's name should also be there. The Marillier shot he invented may have been risky but it was a great shot, it added to the novelty of the game, and was perfectly attuned to T20 cricket. Doug will be remembered for inventing this shot. This is the precursor of the Dilscoop, invented by Dilshan. That shot is based on this Marillier shot.

  • DMPant on February 20, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    There is another cricket ground in India which was named after a Hockey Player. Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior. Tendulkar scored double century in an ODI in this ground.

  • YorkshirePudding on February 20, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 20 2012, 04:34 AM GMT), in that case the Carrom ball should be renamed the Iverson.

  • David_Boon on February 20, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @Keith Mason I think even before Ryan Campbell did it it was called 'The Mariller', after Doug Mariller of Zimbabwe. He first pulled it out in a classic final over against Australia, in the 90s I think. There was probably somebody before him, too.

  • keithnoble407 on February 20, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    I once heard a story about Iqbal Khan, who alledgedly played the "dilscoop" in a first class game for Mumbai in the early 90's. Can anyone shed any light on this?

  • on February 20, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    The 'Gatting ball' by warne was also left to be mentioned.

  • Gizza on February 20, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    You know we could call the "Dilscoop" or "Spoon" just a vertical paddle sweep since that is what it really is :P Also the "Ramp" shot which is another shot popularised by Twenty20 and not in any classic textbook (don't know the inventor but I know Brendon McCullum uses it effectively) is just a very, very very fine off-side glance or late upper-cut. They are not really new shots but just shots hit in new directions. It is like giving completely different names to the cover drive and on drive. Also interestingly, I'm pretty sure the leg-side wristy glance was invented by Ranjitsinhji but unfortunately for him and his fans the shot is not called a "Ranji".

  • Nutcutlet on February 20, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Another era: Lakered! Self-explanatory for those who know their cricket history prior to the date of their birth. (JC Laker 1922-86)

  • stark-truth on February 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    You've been Warned? Ramping?

  • SRT_GENIUS on February 20, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    IIRC, Vaas was verbed as well. Does anyone remember the details ?

  • Engle on February 20, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    What about Vinoo Mankad who lent his name to running out a batsman who backs up too far, i.e. to be Mankaded. Or Mordecai Sherwin and Frank Shacklock from whom, the name Sherlock Holmes had been derived by Sir A.C.Doyle. As for Bradman, the term ' Bradmanesque ' is used to denote superlative batting feats. Then there is the term ' to bowl a Kortie ' meaning an exceedingly fast delivery, named after J.Kortright

  • SportsMemorabiliaAustralia on February 20, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Steven,

    As you know there is a Bradman Stand at the SCG, but I don't know about the Bradman gates. Where are these?

  • EthylMormon on February 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    I'd have thought Vinoo Mankad might have been worth a mention here. Certainly more so than poor old Wally Grout.

  • jonesy2 on February 20, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    of course some ground in pakistan is named after gaddafi, the most ridiculous thing ever but not all the surprising. dilscoop? no, just no

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    where is Mankaded.?at least it is there in wiki.

  • unregisteredalien on February 20, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    As cool as Waqar was, I'm not sure if or how his name has become a sigificant verb in cricketing parlance, as compared to Mankad for instance! As for the Dilscoop, regardless of who invented the shot I'd like to see that name stick around.

  • on February 20, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    where is saqlain mushtaq's "saqli" which later known as "doosra" ...?

  • on February 20, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Dilscoop will stay...its the name of the shot...for yorkers..Malinga reference should come..as no one in the history has not bowled as many yorkers as he has and got wickets off yorkers alone.

  • on February 20, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Wasn't the "dilscoop" Originally called "the Spoon" and invented years earlier by Ryan Campbell of Western Australia?

  • Deuce03 on February 20, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    How about Vinoo Mankad, who has a whole mode of dismissal named after him?

  • TheRedox on February 20, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Interesting artical.Now all those Dilshan bashers will come here and whine about Dilscoop saying it was played by some other cricketer earlier than Dilshan.Tell you what if that is the case why people named the shot after him.Dilshan might not invented the shot but certainly used it effectively.So credit should go to Dilshan!

  • rett on February 20, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Wally Grout has become part of Australian vernacular. Rhyming slang for shout. In pubs and bars all over the country you can hear drinkers saying "is it my Wally?" when deciding who is buying the next round.

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  • rett on February 20, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Wally Grout has become part of Australian vernacular. Rhyming slang for shout. In pubs and bars all over the country you can hear drinkers saying "is it my Wally?" when deciding who is buying the next round.

  • TheRedox on February 20, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Interesting artical.Now all those Dilshan bashers will come here and whine about Dilscoop saying it was played by some other cricketer earlier than Dilshan.Tell you what if that is the case why people named the shot after him.Dilshan might not invented the shot but certainly used it effectively.So credit should go to Dilshan!

  • Deuce03 on February 20, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    How about Vinoo Mankad, who has a whole mode of dismissal named after him?

  • on February 20, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Wasn't the "dilscoop" Originally called "the Spoon" and invented years earlier by Ryan Campbell of Western Australia?

  • on February 20, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Dilscoop will stay...its the name of the shot...for yorkers..Malinga reference should come..as no one in the history has not bowled as many yorkers as he has and got wickets off yorkers alone.

  • on February 20, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    where is saqlain mushtaq's "saqli" which later known as "doosra" ...?

  • unregisteredalien on February 20, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    As cool as Waqar was, I'm not sure if or how his name has become a sigificant verb in cricketing parlance, as compared to Mankad for instance! As for the Dilscoop, regardless of who invented the shot I'd like to see that name stick around.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    where is Mankaded.?at least it is there in wiki.

  • jonesy2 on February 20, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    of course some ground in pakistan is named after gaddafi, the most ridiculous thing ever but not all the surprising. dilscoop? no, just no

  • EthylMormon on February 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    I'd have thought Vinoo Mankad might have been worth a mention here. Certainly more so than poor old Wally Grout.