Responding to a troll criticizing him for his comments, former West Indies cricketer and commentator Ian Bishop has spoken about why he will not stop praising and promoting the performances of promising players through his platform .
Bishop, who played 127 international matches and took 279 wickets for the West Indies from 1988 to 1998 as a pace bowler, moved into commentary after his retirement. His electric commentary, his charismatic voice, and his iconic quotes over the years have given him a lot of popularity among fans. A key feature of his commentary is his knowledge of promising cricketers and how well he promotes them after a good performance.
Recently on X (formerly Twitter), Bishop was the target of trolling during the ICC U19 World Cup semi-final between Pakistan and Australia.
One user had said: “Ali RAZA is a superstar… says @irbishi as RAZA takes 8th place… cliffhanger this #AUSvPAK semi is shaping up to be.”
To this, another user commented that Bishop has a habit of making everyone a ‘star’, referring to the commentators’ ‘Remember The Name’ call for all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite after he guided the West Indies to the title. ICC T20 World Cup against England. after smashing four sixes in four balls of the final over.
“Yes, Ian Bishop makes every second player a superstar yaad hai na. “Remember the name “Braithwaite kaha hain ab. Don’t start making every other player’s future stars hold your horses,” the user said.
To this, Bishop responded on Friday that when he was a teenager getting his chance at senior cricket, he was “unambitious and adrift” and it was the words of seniors such as Phil Simmons, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Michael Holding that They made him believe in himself. . He also said that he will never stop passing these words on to other up-and-coming stars.
“I was an unambitious and adrift teenager when I first played senior cricket with Phil Simmons, against Marshall, Garner and, later, Holding. I heard they had said good things about my game. It inspired me to believe in myself Never stop passing it on to others,” Bishop said.
Notably, India will face Australia in the final of the ICC U19 World Cup on Sunday in Benoni.