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Really special day for Walsh

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Kingston (Jamaica): In a pleasant ceremony during the lunch break of the first Test at Sabina Park on Monday, two major stands at the venue were named after three of Jamaica's biggest cricketers — Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh and Lawrence Rowe.

Later, sharing his views with the media, Walsh said, “It's a real special day for me as I was getting honoured on my home ground.”

The 48-year-old Walsh was among the foremost fast bowlers of his generation claiming 519 wickets in 132 Tests at 24.44 in an eventful career stretching from 1984 to 2001. Crafty and durable, he had the ability to run through sides.

Talent is there

Talking about the present-day West Indian pacemen, he said, “The current crop of West Indian fast bowlers lack in confidence and consistency. The basic talent is there but they need to be a lot more consistent.

“Hopefully, the series against India will be the turning point and we will see better performances from them.”

He added, “It's not that these bowlers don't have the pace or the talent. Perhaps, our generation of pace bowlers had the physique — they were tall.

“If you look at these bowlers, many of them are short.”

Asked to select his favourite Indian batsman, Walsh said, “India have a lot of good batsmen but my number one pick is Sachin Tendulkar.”

On his famous pace-bowling partnership with Curtly Ambrose, Walsh said, “Me and Ambrose complemented each other well and the secret of our success was in the fact that we never competed with each other. We understood the needs of the team and worked together accordingly.”

Known for his impeccable behaviour on the field of play, Walsh said, “I never sledged because I did not want to talk. I wanted to let the ball do all the talking.”

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