Today is a very special day for me and many more like me a left-handed person in a predominantly right handed world. That’s because today is International Left-handers Day.
This day is celebrated on August 13th every year. The day was established by Dean R. Campbell in 1976 to bring awareness to the challenges lefties face on a daily basis. Almost 10-12 per cent of the population are left-handers.
On this day, let us look at a few left-handed Indian cricketers whom I really admire and like to watch.
First up, let’s look at the batters, who possess ‘the grace of a lefthander’ in the cricketing world:
1. Smriti Mandhana – The star batter is very elegant , and I admire her batting very much. Her shots and her batting intent are aggressive, and she takes the attack to the bowlers, in a way that is marvelous to watch. She is one of the assets of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team, and she has a lot more to achieve in her career.
2. Yuvraj Singh – Who can forget the six sixes against Stuart Broad? That, and many , many more great innings have come off this man’s bat. He played aggressively and had a wonderful style of batting , which entertained me, as well as many more, I suppose. I haven’t watched him live, but the videos I watched of him were more than enough to make him a favourite.
3. Rishabh Pant – The talk of the town, Rishabh Pant’s style of play, his shots and his antics on the field are unique. He has a very flashy way of batting, which is a double edged sword at times. But when he connects, when he is in good form, he hits it all around the park, providing a superb dose of entertainment for cricket fans not only in India, but around the world as well.
4. Sourav Ganguly – The Dada of Indian cricket was an amazing batsman as well, and his batting reeked of grace and elegance – he was one of those batsmen, whom you see and immediately take a fancy to – he just enthralled me. Though I haven’t watched him live, I have seen videos of him playing and am a fan of his style and elegance.
Now, let’s look at the leftie bowlers who have wreaked havoc with their fiery spells :
Radha Yadav – Relatively a new kid on the block, Radha Yadav is a certified wicket taker , much like her teammate Deepti. She bowls amazingly well, and sometimes even when she goes for runs, she doesn’t shy away from bowling according to her plan.
Zaheer Khan – A left arm pacer, Zaheer Khan was the Indian team’s vital cog during the years he played. He was an important person behind India’s performance at the 2003 and 2011 World Cups. Since India didn’t have many left-arm pacers at the time , Zaheer Khan emerged as one of the stars of the Indian Bowling line up.
Ravindra Jadeja – He is also an all rounder and I am a fan of all three aspects of his game. His bowling is top class as he bowls economically, takes wickets, and puts pressure on the opposition. His batting is aggressive, and his fielding is of a different level altogether. I love watching him on the field, he is a complete package.
So, that’s it. This is the list of players whom I love, admire and look up to a lot. Once again, Happy left hander’s day to all the lefties out there. Also, since the occasion is celebrating us lefties , an informal request to companies around the world for a leftie’s spiral note and scissors.