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cricman
April 18, 2009, 03:48 PM
The end of the 2011 World Cup qualifiers will also mark the termination of the brilliant cricket career of Kenya captain Steve Tikolo who will lead Kenya out for the last time against Netherlands on Sunday in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Tikolo told James Fitzgerald of the ICC that he would not be around for the fifth World Cup.

“My legs are going now and I’m getting a little too slow. I think it’s time to let the youngsters come through,” said 37-year-old Tikolo.

He added: “I will probably play until the end of this season but I will not be around for the next World Cup. There is plenty of young talent coming through in Kenya so I think the time is right for me to step down. I am very happy we qualified.”

The other senior players in the squad who could also miss the 2011 event are Kennedy Obuya (37) and Lameck Onyango (35). However, Thomas Odoyo (31) who at 17 year-old was the baby of the 1996 World Cup, will likely take over the mantle of leadership from Tikolo. Odoyo has been vice-captain since 2002.

Qualifying duty

Tikolo has played for Kenya since the 1994 World Cup and has been captain for the past seven years. The contest with the Dutch will be Tikolo’s last World Cup qualifying duty for the skipper.

The fight for the coveted trophy will be between Ireland and Canada at the Centurion in Johannesburg.

The four teams have already qualified for the World Cup to be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

This was Tikolo’s third ICC World Cup qualifier. He made his international debut in the event held in 1994 in Nairobi where Kenya lost to United Arab Emirates in the final. The two finalists were joined by the Netherlands in the 1996 World Cup jointly held by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The second time Tikolo played for Kenya in the World Cup qualifying rounds was in 1997 when in Malaysia when Kenya lost to Bangladesh in a closely contested final but still qualified for the 1999 World Cup in England

In July of the same year both Kenya and Bangladesh were accorded one day international status and three years later Bangladesh was elevated to Test as Kenya was accorded automatic qualification to the 2003 World Cup jointly hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Tikolo was captain when Kenya sensationally reached the semi final of the 2003 Word Cup in South Africa. Kenya’s splendid performance in 2003 earned them another automatic qualification to the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean although Kenya did not perform as well as in 2003 going in the preliminary rounds.

*Salutes*

http://www.nation.co.ke/sports/cricket/-/434908/561564/-/mdc0ndz/-/

nzfan
April 18, 2009, 05:12 PM
Top class player, I wonder what his test average would be if he played, would be 35-40 I reckon

al Furqaan
April 18, 2009, 05:46 PM
his performance of late was shabby, ireland game not withstanding. in each of the losses, he failed miserably.

he was surprisingly non-instrumental in kenya's biggest successes:

http://stats.cricinfo.com/statsguru/engine/player/24728.html?class=2;filter=advanced;opposition=1;op position=2;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5; opposition=6;opposition=7;opposition=8;orderby=def ault;result=1;template=results;type=batting

in the 4 wins against top 8 sides, he averaged only 21 at a 54 strike rate, with a top score of only 29...indicating all-rounded team efforts. although his overall stats against G8 sides was very solid, 27+ average, 69 strike rate, with 13 fifties in 46 innings.

Akib
April 18, 2009, 05:55 PM
Great player. If only some of our players were like that.

He'd be a more than competent test player thats for sure (30+ average)

cricman
April 18, 2009, 06:14 PM
his performance of late was shabby, ireland game not withstanding. in each of the losses, he failed miserably.

he was surprisingly non-instrumental in kenya's biggest successes:

http://stats.cricinfo.com/statsguru/engine/player/24728.html?class=2;filter=advanced;opposition=1;op position=2;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5; opposition=6;opposition=7;opposition=8;orderby=def ault;result=1;template=results;type=batting

in the 4 wins against top 8 sides, he averaged only 21 at a 54 strike rate, with a top score of only 29...indicating all-rounded team efforts. although his overall stats against G8 sides was very solid, 27+ average, 69 strike rate, with 13 fifties in 46 innings.

You get old you lose your reflexs, Bashar lost his @ 33, Tikolo managed to keep it going for a few more years than that

But He Knew how to score 147 vs Bangladesh and He still Owns the DPL Records

Also he was Suited for Longer Version of the Game, I didn't have to post up the 100's he scored vs the Associate Sides.

Twin Centuries vs Sri Lanka A (http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/74/74052.html)

Beat a Strong Zimbabwe Side in 3 days (http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/73/73463.html)

Ton up vs Pakistan A (http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/80/80017.html)

156 vs India A (http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/80/80424.html)

Purbasha T
April 18, 2009, 06:16 PM
Respect.

Neel Here
April 18, 2009, 09:29 PM
hope he has a good retd life. great fighter.

Zunaid
April 18, 2009, 09:51 PM
Salud, warrior. He was always a pain in our patootie. I disliked him but I liked him.

bujhee kom
April 18, 2009, 10:21 PM
salaam to tikolo! salute and take a bow, huzoor!

Ajfar
April 18, 2009, 11:11 PM
best associate player to never play a test...
i hope he'll be around to help out kenyan cricket..they certainly need it

Antora
April 19, 2009, 02:35 AM
He's going :( He was an awesome batsmen who was never lucky enough to play a test match *whipes away tears*. Hats off to Tikolo. ( i've always loved his name :P)

BD-Shardul
April 19, 2009, 04:56 AM
Salute to Tikolo. A great player, who always fought with his heart in his hand for his country.

cricket_king
April 20, 2009, 02:22 AM
If he got a chance to play with better facilities and players, he would've been one of the greats.

I salute thee.

Rabz
April 20, 2009, 05:19 AM
Arguably the best player ever "not" to play test cricket.
Had he born, even in Bangladesh, he would have been in a much higher status that he is in today.

Wish you all the best of luck to your next phase, Tikolo.

Tigers_eye
April 20, 2009, 08:30 AM
Many test batsmen can'te even hold water to him.

Took his team to semi's of a World cup. That itself says everything there can be said.

RazabQ
April 20, 2009, 12:52 PM
He will definitely one of the best ever not to play Tests. Great batsman, greater competitor. He will be missed.

Zeeshan
April 20, 2009, 02:05 PM
There goes my material for lame *tickle* jokes....:mad:

Farhad
April 20, 2009, 09:36 PM
There goes my material for lame *tickle* jokes....:mad:

So theres a silver lining to this after all :)

Zeeshan
April 20, 2009, 11:51 PM
F'instance:

Knocker: Knock Knock.
Resident: Who's there?
Knocker: It's Tickle-you.
Resident: Tickle-you who?
Knocker: Tickle-you-my shoes.

Isnaad
April 21, 2009, 06:35 AM
A true fighter for a country not much interested in Cricket.

al Furqaan
April 21, 2009, 07:07 AM
he should have stayed on till after world cup...i dont see the point of retiring just before it, especially when you are the leading batsman of a talent-challenged side.

al Furqaan
April 21, 2009, 11:11 AM
latest on the tikolo story:

he will play for 2 more years - which if taken exactly means he will last thru the next WC, but only he knows what he meant by 2 years. but he has stepped down as captain effective immediately.

IMO, this is the right move. he should play as long as he has the touch (personally i think he's lost it but he can still pummell minnows at least). but it might be a good time now to get a new skipper for future's sake. plus it gives the new captain 2 years before the world cup.

Rifat
April 21, 2009, 11:16 PM
Thomas Odoyo should be captain

Tikolo- an examplar for kenyan cricket :big_hug:

Murad
April 21, 2009, 11:30 PM
He should be appointed as a coach for the team now. Coach-come-player.

Zeeshan
April 22, 2009, 12:50 AM
Again murad vai deftly avoids the ban. ;)

Murad
April 22, 2009, 10:15 PM
Again murad vai deftly avoids the ban. ;)

ban???? E-)
gopal da ki ban hoite chaan naki??? ;)

Zeeshan
April 22, 2009, 10:16 PM
vai...make the connection urself...it's a pg forum, so i am not saying anything. :)

Murad
April 22, 2009, 10:37 PM
vai...make the connection urself...it's a pg forum, so i am not saying anything. :)

ahh.. eibar bujhsi..lolz.. gopal dar mind eto dhike jai kennnn ;)

Zeeshan
April 22, 2009, 10:49 PM
my favorite being how our college philosophy professor would deftly avoid chuckles in class during his lecture on Immanuel Kant.