[AI] he proved nothing is impossible

Sandeep Singh sandeepsingh477 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 2 09:23:13 EDT 2010


Hi,
I give regular talks on AIR in the program 'Sports analysis'. Only 
thing that seems incredible is to give ball to ball commentary!
Regards,
Sandeep

At 06:19 PM 02-06-10, you wrote:
>Why not? I have reported on ATP tennis tournaments for newspapers? It's
>about observation and not about seeing.
>
>Subramani
>
>
>
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>Jassal
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>Unbelievable
>
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>[mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Asudani,
>Rajesh
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>I don't agree.
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>[mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of prateek
>aggarwal
>Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 6:59 AM
>To: accessindia
>Subject: [AI] he proved nothing is impossible
>
>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.
>
>
>---
>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.
>---
>
>regards,
>Prateek agarwal.
>  Skype:
>Prateek_agarwal32
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