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A few excerpts from an Express India cricket story. The story is well written and a bit of fun as the author, Mini Kapoor, relates a cricket trip to Barbados…
You here for the cricket? The question never varies, and it is put to me with clockwork regularity. In airports, hotel elevators, cabs, souvenir shacks, everywhere. In Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica. Cricket it is, and in a curious way talk of the game — the game itself — keeps me tethered to Caribbean diversity. Cricket it is that binds these emerald isles — this unique entity still called the British West Indies — but cricket it is too that separates them.
In Barbados — its moniker ‘Bimshire’ emphasising its enduring Englishness, its reputation for producing more worldclass cricketers per capita intact — they are keen competitors, but so achingly polite about it. It helps that they are already celebrating victory in Bridgetown when I arrive. But they are itching for more, they will settle for nothing less than a series win.
Never ever get fooled by that Bajan politeness. Engage Barbadians a little more, spell out the need for an Indian victory, and you’ll have them guffawing. They will have you cringing in seconds, they will go breathless as they laugh over the dismissals at Kensington Oval. Party with them in this most beguiling, most friendly of cities, spend countless hours watching the waves roll in and rush back on its white beaches, discuss Caribbean literature in its well-stocked bookshops, but maintain contrite silence when dwell upon the funny old game.
… Read the rest of this excellent piece at Express India (link here)