Tino Best December 9, 2012

Chilling with Viv, Curtly and Maco

Tino Best got to meet a whole bunch of his heroes at one go
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First football celebration
I was playing first-class cricket - for Barbados against Trinidad & Tobago - in March 2003. I got Brian Lara out for a duck and that was the first time I did the football celebration. I think I ran to the other side of the field!

First time I met my heroes
My uncle Carlisle Best played for the West Indies. Once I was taken to the dressing room to meet the giants of cricket. That gave me great bragging rights - going back to my primary school, where I told the guys, "I was chilling with my uncle, Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Viv Richards."

First time I got sledged
It was playing tape-ball cricket as a kid. I got smacked on the jaw by a bouncer and started crying. I remember the guys were just slagging me off, so I told them, "When I get older, I will beat you all." So that was also the first time I sledged, I guess!

First big case of nerves
The night before my first Test, which was in 2003, I put on my cricket clothes and slept in them. I called up Brett Lee in the middle of the night and said, "Binga, I'm in the team." He said, "Man, I'm sleeping. Congrats, though, and all the best for the morning."

First hat-trick
It was in club cricket. I got six wickets, both hat-tricks, in three overs. I was playing for Barbados Army against a team called Barbados Cricket League.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • LifeWithBoundaries on December 9, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Terribly missed him for the ODIs. Think about Roach and Best releasing thunderbolts at serious pace! But it is what it is!

  • Chris_Howard on December 9, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Love to know why he called, Brett Lee. That's a great story.

  • njr1330 on December 9, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Tino Best in the Army... What a frightening thought!!

  • LifeWithBoundaries on December 9, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Terribly missed him for the ODIs. Think about Roach and Best releasing thunderbolts at serious pace! But it is what it is!

  • Chris_Howard on December 9, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Love to know why he called, Brett Lee. That's a great story.

  • njr1330 on December 9, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Tino Best in the Army... What a frightening thought!!

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  • njr1330 on December 9, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Tino Best in the Army... What a frightening thought!!

  • Chris_Howard on December 9, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Love to know why he called, Brett Lee. That's a great story.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on December 9, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Terribly missed him for the ODIs. Think about Roach and Best releasing thunderbolts at serious pace! But it is what it is!