|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
Tino Best got to meet a whole bunch of his heroes at one go
Interview by Mohammad Isam
December 9, 2012
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."
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 correspondentFeeds: Mohammad Isam
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
|Comments have now been closed for this article
Simon Barnes: The disenchantment among the weaker teams is forcing a devaluation of Test cricket
The journey of Bart and Jan Singh's labour of love in rural Canada - the alluring Inverhaugh Cricket Club - which they built from scratch. By Justin Robertson
Half a decade since his ban ended, Maurice Odumbe continues to live with the stigma of corruption. By Tim Wigmore
Anantha Narayanan: A look at various interesting high and low-scoring sequences. Plus, a Bradman surprise
What Australia have not done since returning a fractured unit from India is head back to Asia to play an Asian team. Two of their major weaknesses - handling spin and reverse swing - will be tested in the UAE by Pakistan
Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala
Players demanding that home pitches should be prepared to favour them don't realise it's a retaliatory business
ESPNcricinfo runs the rule over the preparation of all 16 Australia players ahead of the first Test, which starts in Dubai on Wednesday