Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
As the scullery spoke : A personal review of the first day (West Indies tour, 2012)

Zeeshan Mahmud
Once a twelve year old housemaid in charge of scullery and other minor chores of our Banani apartment remarked that Tamim hit a first-ball six at Lord's. It wouldn't be till last week that I would see the fault in his schizophrenic imagination on Youtube when rewinding the English innings of what seemed to be a six but a pull for four. But some imaginative prowess it is!

I am a spiritual person and God doesn't care who or what should be His mouthpiece. It wasn't till last now that I saw how the dots connected to fruition his imagination to reality when Christopher Gayle would make yet another bizarre World Record of being the only sentient being to hit a first-ball six in Test since it's inception at MCG in 1877.

Gayle certainly took to his ego when he was greeted with a newly capped Sohag Gazi clubbing him for two sixes and four byes netting a whopping 18 runs in the opening over. Well, Mushfiq would persist with the bowler who kept bowling flighted deliveries as Gayle himself would be the victim of one such delivery to Mahmudullah at long-off but not till scoring 24 off 17 at a strike rate 141.17. Celebrating first wicket.

In spite of the later tons by Chanderpaul and Powell, the shot of the day still remains the straight drive from Gayle at fourth over off Rajib down the wicket timed to sweet perfection and minimal effort.
Perhaps Shamim Chowdhury's delight to see his forecast come true is noteworthy while we are discussing eerie coincidences. Right after he mused to his fellow commentator that BD players might pull a quick one out of nowhere after minutes of resistance, a wicket would instantly manifest.

Apart from the bizarre Gayle record and the dead-ball wicket which resulted after a ball got kicked out off Riyad's helmet to the spectacular hands of Rubel, this match would be special for me for being the dreamy vision of a hitting the first six of a Test ball as foretold by a scullion.