Douglas Marillier the forgotten hero

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 Douglas Marillier- the forgotten hero

Douglas Marillier is the Zimbabwean cricketer whose name was associated with the unorthodox SCOOP SHOT that has become quite famous in modern day cricket for the very first time. He is a right hand batsman and a right arm offspin bowler. Is one of earliest vulgarisers of the "scoop" stroke which is designed to sail over fine-leg.

Douglas Marillier in his early cricket career had a dreadful car accident which left him with in a seriously bad condition with a few fractured bones, this left him in the wheel-chair for about a year, yet he still kept in touch with the game by involving himself in a bit of umpiring. He started recovering slowly and after more than a year after the accident he started again playing. Few months later Marillier toured England with the Zimbabwe U19 team in 1996 and set a then world record partnership of 268 for the first wicket with his friend Mark Vermeulen. From then he did not turn back. After some mediocre performance in his early matches, it was the final match of the triangular tournament in Australia. Hecould hardly have had a more testing experience, as a fine Zimbabwe batting performance after Australia scored over 300 meant that he came in at number seven needing to score 15 in the final over, bowled by Glenn McGrath, to win the match. He moved across to the first and third balls he received from McGrath and flicked them over his shoulder to fine leg for boundaries, reviving hopes of an incredible Zimbabwe victory. But he was just unable to complete the job, and his team lost by one run. His two courageous and unorthodox boundary strokes, though, made him a legend, temporarily at least, with the shot becoming known as the Marillier shot. Marillier continued to do reasonably well for the national side. In 2002 he "Marilliered" Zimbabwe to a famous win in India in an ODI with a 56* at the death, although this time he used the shot against Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan. This was the match which the Indians can never forget. It is considered to be one of the best comebacks in ODI history. It was from that match this unorthodox Scoop Shot came into the cricket world. Douglas Marillier should be credited with the invention of such an useful innovative shot, but sadly the world has forgotten him, the reason behind maybe he from Zimbabwe- a country whose players have always been neglected.

Players who frequently use the Marillier Shot includes the New Zealand wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum, Western Australia's former wicket-keeper Ryan Campbell, the Indian batsman Robin Uthappa and the Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan. Dilshan's success with the shot in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 tournament has led to many suggesting that the shot should be renamed as the "Dilshan" or the "Dilscoop". Dilshan's team-mates have said that they call the shot the "Starfish," 'because a Starfish has no brain'.

Now today everybody is aware of the “Dilscoop”, but it will be hard to find a person who knows Douglas Marillier- the original founder of the SCOOP SHOT. He should be aptly given the credit of scripting the technique of an useful unorthodox shot in the Cricket’s Dictionary.  
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