[AI] he proved nothing is impossible

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Wed Jun 2 08:49:41 EDT 2010


Why not? I have reported on ATP tennis tournaments for newspapers? It's
about observation and not about seeing. 

Subramani 



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Unbelievable 

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I don't agree.
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folks,
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.
have a look to his inspiring story, and try doing something incredible
in
the field that you are in.

i'm  highly inspired, hope you too will.


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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 fascinated."

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
back.
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