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A slice of history for Deonarine

Sai Mohan , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 17, 2013
First Published: 00:35 IST(17/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:34 IST(17/11/2013)

John Agard. Rohan Kanhai. Clive Lloyd. Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Leona Lewis. Guyana's population is less than a million but those five names are universally acclaimed.

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Now, there's Narsingh Deonarine - a name that will echo in this part of the world for a few decades, at least. Deonarine, no more than a handy spinner, will go down as the last man to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar.

Even if Deonarine were to finish with 5,000 runs and 200 wickets in Test cricket, his profile will highlight his biggest claim to fame, above anything else.

For analysts of the sport though, the worst fear had come true. Tendulkar, like many past batting greats, fell to a lesser bowler. Don Bradman to Eric Hollies. Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards were removed by Lauri Mayne (19 career wickets). Vivian Richards was dismissed by David Lawrence (18 career wickets).

Unlucky nick
And now Tendulkar too, after facing just nine balls from Deonarine, fell to a short and wide delivery that he'd have dispatched for a boundary otherwise. Cricket and its idiosyncrasies!

Deonarine represents the largest ethnic group in Guyana, the Indo-Guyanese – descendants of indentured labourers from India, who make up close to half of the nation's population.

Guyana and Mumbai share an interesting connection. Sunil Gavaskar scored his maiden Test century in Guyana.

Johannes Gerrit de Krujif wrote in 'Guyana Junction': "Ever since Hindi movies were released in Guyana, mythical India has not only accommodated Hindu heroes and heroines but housed Bombay's movie stars as well. Their appearance and manners intrigue many East Indians."

Clearly, Deonarine didn't take kindly to all that hero worship. And Bollywood stars at the ground are sure to dismiss any prospect of his acting in a movie, unless it's in a villain's role.


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