I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers Natalie Portman’s debut innings.
It was raw and risky, but it was a hell of a statement. No one could have expected someone that young to put in an effort anywhere near that good. She was light on her feet, energetic, level headed and delivered something amazing.
It’s not to say that her career went on to be great straight away.
Only a few years after that amazing start she was out of the game, it wasn’t that the selectors who didn’t want her, she just didn’t feel, wanted to get her head right and knew she was good enough to make it back. Her last innings before she left was an awesome effort in a team win, but she left at the right time.
When she came back, not everyone was happy. She’d now been elevated to a superstar, and some felt that she shouldn’t have as she’d been out of the game for a while. Even then, she’d performed well. However, it was clear that she felt limited by the game plan that George Lucas gave to her.
From there on in she cemented herself as a sublime creator of an innings, whether she was being gritty on a dodgy wicket, swinging hard in a cameo, taking charge and kicking ass, lighting up the pace with a carefree knock or getting her head down and putting in a long skilful innings.
I’m not saying she hasn’t played some shockers, but overall she has shown class and skill and made a great crowd pleasing career.
Now that high class and highly entertaining career has now been capped off with a world cup final hundred. Not many players do that.
She has now climbed to the top of the tree, and I couldn’t be happier for her.
Natalie, you deserved this. You’re a superstar. And I get so much pleasure from watching you. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.
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