In a recent review of Morning, Paramin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), Walcott’s final published work, I reflected on how difficult it can be to escape Sir Derek’s titanic shadow.
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Box-office hit on and off the field
DHAKA—With Chris Gayle in the house, there is always entertainment. The big Jamaican power-hitter is ‘box office’ on the cricket field with his immense ability to blast sixes to all part of any cricket ground in the world. Off the field, he also offers great entertainment value with his often humorous, impromptu remarks, and accompanying characteristic big broad smile. Take for example Monday’s Open Media Session at the team hotel in Dhaka. Gayle held court for 20 minutes as over 50 members of the print and broadcast media jostled for positions to hear his views on the upcoming ICC World T20 tournament. When asked about the West Indies spin bowling options at the tournament, reporters expecting to hear an assessment of off-spinner Sunil Narine and leg-spinner Samuel Badree, were left in stitches. “Talking about my spin bowling? I'm the best spinner in the world, man. Narine is great and Badree is also great but I’m the leading spinner in the team,” Gayle quipped. (CMC)