In the ongoing Bangla vs West Indies test match Abul Hasan became the first #10 to score a century on debut (in more than a century). What is even more impressive is that he scored more runs than the top 5 batsmen…combined.
Expanding on the Thakrey test of “cricket loyalty” (sports is politics is war) which team should Indians support? Bangladesh is a neighbor while West Indies can be most comfortably accessed through a tunnel via the center of the earth.
But sometimes things are not that straight-forward. Bengalis (in India) may support Bangladeshis off course. But West Indies have two star players Sunil Narine (Narain) from Trinidad and Veerasammy Permaul (Peramul) from Guyana. Will the Tamilians and Biharis cheer for their “non-resident” brothers?Incidentally the Tam/Bihar people are called “East Indians” over there.
BTW Guyana is the only English speaking country in …Latin America. It is off course tied closely (culture wise) with the West Indies island nations which includes Trinidad. The current PM of Trinidad is Kamla Persad Bissessar who is also credited with a #1 of her own: she is the first female PM of Trinidad (& Tobago).
Kamla-ji (I use it advisedly) recently visited her family village in Bihar:
“Looking resplendent in a red sari with floral borders and a matching colour flower tucked in hairs, Kamla, 60, seemed to face no language bar as she made a forceful speech in English, starting with ‘Bhaiyon aur bahno, Pranam’ and told the people how she traced her roots to this village. “Your granddaughter has come here. I can see one hundred thousand people here to greet me. I say ‘dhanyavad’ for this love and hospitality,” she said.
The visiting VIP’s great grandfather Ram Lakhan Mishra from this village had set out for the Caribbean islands in 1889 as Girmitia labourer. He had boarded Volga ship from the then Calcutta on October 21, 1889.
“Whatever I am today is because Bihar is in my DNA and whatever my ancestors taught me,” she said as villagers from Bhelupur and surrounding villages cheered her lustily.”
Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (a fellow Trinidadian) should write a book on Kamla and Sunil. While the girl from Bihar has become queen of her country, the boy became the king of IPL T20 as part of the victorious Kolkata Knight Riders. But Sunil still has a job to do before he can rest on his laurels, get Abul Hasan out cheaply in the second innings.