Cerebral Shangrila

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Rainbow Quiz - Identify the personality - Week 43

Here is the next weekly "Rainbow" quiz , where I would be giving 7 clues (Hence the name Rainbow) about a personality. Try to discover the person in the least number of clues . You can either leave the answer as a comment / email me . Feedback/ suggestions welcome. Googling is not preferred but then its just for fun and so go ahead if you need to.

Tough to say if "X" impressed me more as a cricketer or as a human being. The "Mahatma Gandhi of Cricket ( If I may say so)", men like him are rare.

clue # 1 : "X" was born in Barbados and was known by the nickname "Tae" during his childhood.

clue # 2 : As a player for West Indies, "X" made his debut in 1947–48 versus England . "X" was a fine batsman and bowler, and was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year for 1951.

clue # 3 : He became the first black cricketer to captain the West Indies cricket team for an entire series, thus breaking the color barriers then found in West Indian cricket. He led the side on notable tours. The most memorable one was to Australia in 1960-1. The first Test of the series ended in a dramatic tie.

clue # 4 : All three "Ws" were geniuses but "X" had the most style and elegance. He had all the strokes and the time and capacity to use them without offence to the eye, without ever being hurried.

clue # 5 : A man of utmost integrity and gentlemanly conduct, he saved the life of Indian Captain Nari Contractor who was seriously injured by a blow on the head. "X" not only flew him on time to a surgeon in Trinidad but was also one of the donors of blood which saved Nari's life.

clue # 6 : When he left professional cricket, he was appointed to the Jamaican Senate . He was later knighted for his services to cricket in 1964.

clue # 7 : Unfortunately, he died at a young age of 42 due to leukemia." X" Trophy is named in his honor and awarded for the winner of the West Indies - Australia Test match series in cricket.

Who is X?

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