Usain’s love for cricket

May 14, 2019
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Usain Bolt is synonymous with track and field, but the sprint legend has declared cricket as his first love. Yes, the fastest man in the world played and loves cricket.

"I had a mean fast ball and also opened the batting for my primary school. I grew up on cricket, as my dad is a huge cricket fan, so he introduced me to the game," Bolt explained.

With a potent impact on athletics worldwide, delivering winning performances individually and with a team, the inclusive aspect of cricket is of interest to the track star.

"I love the team aspect to cricket," he said. "I enjoyed playing with my friends and we would play for hours."

Cricket is loved worldwide and has been explored as a tool of unification in the Caribbean with the Windies team comprise players from the Anglophone Caribbean, that is, nations formerly colonised by England.

As with other signature sports, there are terms or aspects that cause confusion for fans. Bolt agrees and breaks down two terms for fans: 'off side' and 'leg side'.

"Whenever I try to explain to people off side and leg side, it's confusing to some, why the area to the (right handed) batsman's right side is called the offside, and the area to his left is his leg side. In their book, why not say what it is?"

Usain St Leo Bolt, OJ, CD, is a Jamaican retired sprinter. He is a world record holder in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. His reign as Olympic Games champion spans three Olympics, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

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