Saturday, 25 November 2017

Famous visitor

Cricket legend Sir Garry Sobers visited Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning, where he spoke to

Cricket legend Sir Garry Sobers visited Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning, where he spoke to a group of young cricketers and cricketing staff about his career. Bill Voice, the school’s director of sport, said he was the best all-rounder ever to have played the game of cricket. “Some people called him the Pelé of cricket,’ but he was more a combination of Pelé, Gordon Banks and Bobby Moore because he was such an all-rounder,” he added. Sir Gary, who played for the West Indies from 1954 and 1974 check, spoke emphasized the importance of teamwork in every aspect of the game. He said: “Whatever I have achieved, I haven’t achieved for me, it was always for the team I played for.” Sir Garrt was the man to hit six sixes in an over but said: “Wherever I go, people torment me about those six sixes but six sixes are not really good cricket. I managed to do it only because we were so far ahead that I was able to take some chances and go for some quick runs.” Sir Garry, who was promoting his international schools cricket tournament, which takes place annually in Barbados, also answered questions from pupils. Asked what inspired him, he said: “In those days, cricket was the only sport in the Caribbean and if you were from a humble background and you were good enough, it would let you travel the world.” He urged the youngsters to take practice seriously, adding: “Don’t go out there and skylark. If you practice hard, your game will improve.”





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