[AI] he proved nothing is impossible

Asudani, Rajesh rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Wed Jun 2 00:53:21 EDT 2010

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please read below an interesting article about a man who has done
something incredible.
as we say nothing is impossible, this man has proved it.
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Zimbabwe's blind cricket commentator Dean du Plessis bowls audiences for six

Jan Raath in Harare

Dean du Plessis

It's a rare mix that makes a good cricket commentator: erudite
descriptions of action, comprehensive knowledge of great players,
faultless recall of statistics,
and needle-sharp sense of timing and judgment.

Zimbabwean-born Dean du Plessis, 32, has all these attributes and has
been delivering commentaries on matches for nine years. But he has
never seen a game
in his life, because his green eyes are glass. He was born blind, with
tumours on his retinas.

That has been no obstacle to him sharing the commentary box in Tests,
one-day and Twenty20 tournaments involving all the Test-playing
nations in worldwide
radio broadcasts.

He has worked with the likes of Tony Cozier (who pronounced Dean's
delivery "very smooth"), Geoffrey Boycott ("the nastiest person I have
ever met"), Ravi
Shastri and Australia's former spin bowler Bruce Yardley, who himself
lost an eye. In 2004 the two became the first team to deliver a
commentary with a
single eye between them.

Mr du Plessis's accentuated sense of hearing makes up for being
sightless. Wired up to the stump microphones, he can tell who is
bowling from the footfalls
and grunts, a medium or fast delivery by the length of time between
the bowler's foot coming down and the impact of the ball on the pitch.
He picks up
a yorker from the sound of the bat ramming down on the ball, can tell
if a ball is on the off or on-side, and when it's hit a pad rather
than bat. When
the wicketkeeper's voice goes flat, it tells him a draw is in the offing.

He can't play the role in the commentary box of the anchor - who
delivers the ball-by-ball passage, who can see the silently raised
finger of the umpire
and the unspoken redeployment of fielders. Mr du Plessis can only tell
from the crowd noise whether a ball has been gathered in a fielder's
hands, or spilled.
"I have to work with the anchor," he said. "I am the guy who supplies,
well, the colour."

Last month Bangladesh were playing a gradually improving Zimbabwe when
Mr du Plessis heard that the visitors' captain had sent a fielder far
down to fine
leg after the Zimbabwe batsman Charles Coventry had smashed a four. "A
sixth sense told me it was a double bluff," Dean said.

"He wanted to give the impression that the next ball would be a
bumper, to make Coventry use a hook shot." As he suspected, the next
Bangladeshi ball was
a sneaky yorker.

"The thing about Dean is the intuition," said Andy Pycroft, the
Zimbabwean opening batsman from 1979 to 2001. "The public love to
listen to him. If he has
the right person at anchor to support him he is brilliant." Mr du
Plessis hated the "blind cricket" he was taught to play with a
plastic-wrapped volleyball
at the blind school he attended. One day, 14 and bored, he tuned the
radio in to a station devoted to ball-by-ball commentaries. It was to
change his life:
"There was a phenomenal noise in the background, 80,000 people in a
stadium in India, people roaring. I realised it was cricket. I was

Dean pushed his way into the commentary box at Harare Sports Club in
2001 and was allowed to try out with the microphone. He never looked

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