Friday, February 26, 2010

ಬೆಲಿಂದ ಕ್ಲಾರ್ಕ್ - Belinda Clark -- The First 200 individual Run getter in ODI's

ಈಕೆ ನಿಮಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತೇ ? ಬೆಲಿಂದ ಕ್ಲಾರ್ಕ್ , ಬಹುಷಃ ತಿಳಿಯದೆ ಇರಬಹುದು.
ಆದರೇ ಸಚಿನ್ ತೆಂಡೂಲ್ಕರ್ ನಿಮಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತು. ಆಟ ೨೦೦ ರನ್ ಹೊಡೆದು ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧಿ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು ನಿಮಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತು.
ಆದರೇ, ಈತನೇ ಮೊದಲು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು ಎಂದು ನೀವೆಲ್ಲ ತಿಳಿದಿದ್ದು ತಪ್ಪು.
ಈತನಿಗೂ ಮುಂಚೆ ಬೆಲಿಂದ ಕ್ಲಾರ್ಕ್ ಎನ್ನುವ ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯನ್ ಆಟಗಾರ್ತಿ ಡೆನ್ಮಾರ್ಕ್ ದೇಶದ ವಿರುದ್ದ ೨೨೯ ರನ್ ಗಳನ್ನೂ ೧೯೯೭ ರಲ್ಲೇ ಹೊಡೆದಿದ್ದಳು. ಈ ಧಾಖಲೆಯನ್ನು ಆಕೆ ಮುಂಬೈ ನಲ್ಲೆ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಳು. ಆಕೆಯೂ ಆಗ ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯನ್ ತಂಡದ ಕ್ಯಾಪ್ಟನ್ ಕೂಡ ಆಗಿದ್ದಳು.
ಆಕೆ ೧೯೯೭ ರಲ್ಲೇ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೂ ಯಾರಿಗೂ ತಿಳಿದಿಲ್ಲ . ಆದರೇ, ಸಚಿನ್ ನಿನ್ನೆ ಮೊನ್ನೆ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಗೊತ್ತು. ಈಕೆಯಿಂದ ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯಾ ಕ್ಕೆ ೨ ವಿಶ್ವ ಕಪ್ ಕೂಡ ದೊರೆತಿದೆ.
ಇಷ್ಟಕ್ಕೂ ನಾನೇನೂ ಸಚಿನ್ ನ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿ ಅಂತಲ್ಲ. ನಾನು ಕೂಡ ಒಬ್ಬ ಭಾರತೀಯನೇ. ತಿಳಿದ ವಿಷಯವನ್ನು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮುಂದೆ ಇಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ.

If records aren’t sexist, then it was Australian cricketer Belinda Clark and not Tendulkar who made the first double hundred in a one-day international..

Gentlemen dislike blondes. Or at least so it seems in the cricket world. How else could the pundits and fans rave about Sachin Tendulkar’s 200 on Wednesday when Australian cricketer Belinda Clark had beaten him to the double hundred record at least 13 years ago?

Incidentally, Clark’s feat was accomplished in Mumbai during the 1997 ICC Women’s World Cup ODI played between Australia and Denmark. She scored an unbeaten 229 in 155 balls at the breathtaking strike rate of 147.74 to take Australia to 412. Australia went on to win the match and that edition of the world cup.

A record is a record, and the fact that the pundits didn’t even bother to mention it only highlights, well, what else but their sexist bias.

Clark was voted Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1998. Born in the ‘70s, she entered international cricket in 1990. She went on to become captain of the Australian team and led them to three world cup finals, with two wins. Clark played 15 Test matches and 118 ODIs. Wisden Australia proclaimed her Australia’s “finest batswoman to date” with “her free-flowing, classical style, technical brilliance and aggressive attitude to scoring runs”.

In 2000, Clark was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia “for service to cricket, particularly through the Australian Women’s Cricket Team, and to the promotion and development of the game for women and girls.” With that she became a role model for women cricketers across the world.

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