Who is the greatest cricketer — Bradman or Sobers? – By Albert Baldeo

Who is the greatest cricketer — Bradman or Sobers?

Albert Baldeo – Sunday, July 09, 2017 – Jamaica Observer

Where are your heroes, Caribbean, show them to me” — Dave Martins and the Tradewinds

BRADMAN… says Sobers’ 254 was greatest innings he had seen on Australian soil

To understand what cricket supremacy means in a global context to the average Caribbean man is best summarised by the former Prime Minister of Jamaica Michael Manley;“The West Indies are Third World countries, but we belong and are in the First World of Cricket.”

Cricket is not only a religion in the Caribbean, but it best defines the region in any context. Regional political integration has followed cricket as a unifying and defining force.     

In a deeper psychological and historical context, a West Indian cricketer’s artistry and flamboyance is the product of the post-colonial era, where the psyche is the celebration and liberation from that bondage. His glorious successes lifted a marginalised people from their daily burdens and took them to flights of pride over their achievements, living in the ecstatic comfort of the superlatives that always followed — helping them overcome their daily burdens.

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  • Wakar Hakiek  On July 18, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Write about modern day cricket .West Indies cricket is political.Even Rohan Kanhai was a greater batsman than Gary Sobers .

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