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The Daredevil touch.

by Naked Cricket

Last year Dilshan, de Villiers, Gambhir and some other Daredevils had a year and a half on national duty. Then this year, Shoaib Malik got hooked, and Mr. Collingwood started to smile, laugh and won the World Twenty20.

I propose every time Mr Collingwood goes on to bat they play Street Fighting Man. Mr C is one of those guys you wish well, ok, maybe not you, but I do at least. There’s dignity to him, he could be a thug for all I know, but even if he is one, he’s a dignified thug. The type that De Niro will gladly play.

When someone says, ‘he gives it his all’ they’re referring to Mr C. With his short arm jabs, you can easily picture a bulldog playing cricket. He doesn’t bark, but does he bite. And catches balls – just don’t hurl nothing in his direction, if he can’t get his hands to it, he’ll snap it with his 32.

Mr C strikes me as one of those blokes who's lived life – did you see all those laugh lines n work lines in the extreme close up at the post match talks? Appears after games, Mr C was working another shift, short arm jab comedy.

Yeah, that’s it about Mr C, he seems like a regular guy playing cricket – not some superstar or model. There’s work, grit, ethics all those tough sounding words, and they’re actually applied – you’ll hear often enough that he’s not the most gifted guy, but between those blocks does he know how to unleash. It’s all in the wiring. And he’s not going to short-circuit easily.

Mr Collingwood has had his moment – question is, how hungry is he? There’s an Ashes not too far away. But by then we'll be picking at Strauss again.

7 comments:

Som said...

I'm happy that finally someone said something about Mr C. As you said, here is a no frill player, a bundle of grit and stamina who never gives less than 100 percent. A true trier, a soldier in flannel. He can easily slip into an olive-green fatigue carrying a gun and marching to the war front with the same stoic face. A refreshing exception to the pretending peacocks.

straight point said...

this has to be one of the better tributes to mr c...

Naked Cricket said...

Som, now that you mention it, his bat looks more like a gun to me. Def a shot gun.

Thanks SP.

Bhaskar Khaund said...

Good one NC - as Som said , not often does one read about Colly . .. i like the man , he seems a likeable down to earth kinda bloke - "picking at Strauss" , ha ha ha LOL ! loved it !!!

Naked Cricket said...

Thanks BK. Yeah, I only read about Colly when I was proofing this post

3xsoncalvary said...

I like this post. I like it so much, I went to a friend's place to comment. office has proxies. good show. share your thoughts. he's the sort of thing thats good to talk and read abt in cricket these days. and he can catch.:-)

Naked Cricket said...

Thanks Jian, good to see you here. Do write more for Bored