Size does matter.
If anyone tries to convince you that it does not, show them the picture of this sumo-sized cricketer from Bermuda, Dwayne “sluggo” leverock. Weighing in at around 120 Kgs, just a look at him jogging in during his small run-up before he delivers his slow left-arm spinners would be enough to jitter even the best batsmen in the world. And it did!
Any bowler would be happy to get the wickets of Collingwood and Pietersen in a match. This is what Michael Vaughan had to say about leverock’s performance:
He bowled very well. Any spinner that drags Kevin Pietersen out of his crease and does him in the flight – you know it’s a good delivery.
His bowling figures of 2-32 in 10 overs might not have caught the attention of the world media, but his huge figure definitely has.
If the commentators go ga–ga when Anil Kumble “attempts” to field a ball in the most awkward position possible and applaud his commitment to the team etc, they should be at a loss for words to describe leverock’s cricketing abilities. In spite of his size being a bit on the bigger side for a physically demanding sport, he has proved that he is a cricketer with all-round (no pun intended) capabilities.
How many international cricketers can take a catch like the one he took of Uthappa’s ?
Take a look at his skills below: He comfortably takes a run, he is even able to field of his own bowling and a teammate is even able to lift him!
Arjuna Ranatunga showed the world that cricketing acumen would outscore physical fitness and Dwayne Leverock goes further to add more dimensions to this theory. Dwayne Leverock, the future of international cricket!