the runako morton backlift

Runako Morton only made two impacts on me as a player.

One was that he wasn’t very good at Test Cricket.

The other was that he had the most extraordinary backlift.

I remember watching a Test match when he was new to the side, and I couldn’t help but like someone who faced up to every ball like his sole aim was to hit it as hard was physically possible.

I can only imagine along the way many people told Runako violently above his head in much the same way you’d see an axman hold it in a horror film wouldn’t cut it at international level, but he never changed.

It had two parts, one where he raised the bat to head height, and then another where he cocked it, more like a golfer or baseballer than a cricketer.

It was violent and also nervous, the bat twitched aggressively a bit above his head awkwardly like he knew it all could all go wrong but still wanted to do it anyway.

Runako actually wasn’t that bad as an ODI player, but I don’t remember that as much.

His backswing in ODIs would have been slightly odd, but not completely out of place.

In Test Cricket it seemed odd even in teams with Brian Lara and Chris Gayle around.

It probably won’t happen, but I’d like to think that after his premature death someone makes a statue at him at his home ground and they honour that bizarre aggressive and nervous backlift.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget watching Runako Morton prepare to face a delivery.

Runako, keep swinging.

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2 thoughts on “the runako morton backlift

  1. I just loved the dichotomy. He was so obviously trying to be a hard hitter, but he usually had next to no timing and was not a quick scorer. He’d hit some of the clunkiest forward defensives in an era where a well timed push is enough for a boundary. Like Dravid, he could last an eternity without scoring, but where Dravid deliberately followed the path of least resistance, Morton was trying quite hard to dig his way out.

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