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'I don't want to see myself as white or black'

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Prince had, in that series, replaced the injured Graeme Smith as captain, thus entering the record books as the first ever black cricketer to lead South Africa.

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It canada goose is interesting, therefore, that Prince really came into his own as a batsman against India, in the ongoing Test series. His 97 in the second innings of the first Test was the sole shining light in a disastrous batting display by the home side; in the second Test, now into its second day, his 121 (Prince's fifth Test century) formed the canada goose store spine around which South Africa built a fighting total of 328.

Managing Editor Sheela Bhatt hadcaught up with the 29 year old batsman in Colombo. I heard a day before that the captain was injured, and when that guy called me, my heartbeat ran faster. It took a day to sink in.

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As a person I won't change. My wife will always be there. I am a down to earth person. And the game is about the team, and not about one person. The team always comes first in cricket. Whatever decisions are made are always in the Canada Goose sale best interest of the team. That's how I live and that's how I do captaincy as well.

Do you remember when you took up cricket?

buy canada goose jacket cheap I can't remember the first moment, but I have got a picture of me when I was about three years old. I played before that, but that picture shows me and my two brothers in our backyard. That picture reminds me how I started playing cricket. buy canada goose jacket cheap

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My father played club cricket. My youngest brother played cricket as well. On Saturdays, I used to follow them to the ground and keep scores and do stuff like that.

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He was coaching canadian goose jacket us. The province had invited him; it was paying his professional fees. I had coaching from senior people from the club, but never from professionals. He was playing for the West Indies. When we watched him play, I could see how he moves around the field, how he paces around the field; his mannerisms on the field. Sometimes I used to go and ask him, and he would say, 'Come back tomorrow, I have to go to the gym now'.

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Was it an easy journey for you up the cricket ladder?

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Canada Goose Online When South Africa played for the first time, against India, in 1992. That was our first break into international cricket after affirmation. Only after that, it became a possibility and you could dream about being a cricketer. I saw canada goose coats all the games on TV. I remember the first match, when Donald took five wickets, but India won the game. Canada Goose Online

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I remember the game because most of our guys were coming from Eastern Province. The provincial level is the highest you can go before going international. So you watch your province guys, how are they doing. My parents always supported me. I used to play football, soccer and all sorts of games when I grew up. In 1992, becoming a cricketer was a near possibility.

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canada goose clearance A canada goose clearance sale lot of things. Obviously, you have to have some sort of talent. Talent can bring you the self confidence, but you have to http://www.canadagoosejacketoutlett.com have discipline also. Go to the gym and keep fit. A lot of guys are lazy, and they just want to bat and bowl; they don't do the fitness part. For any sportsman to become an international, you have to have the drive. Something inside you must be driving you. canada goose clearance

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canada goose black friday sale I took coaching from that West Indian guy, Baptiste, right? Then, wherever you played, on ground or on the street, to us it was nothing about technique. You hit the ball as far as you could. buy canada goose jacket That's how we used to play. When Baptiste started coaching us on the weekends, he used to say cricket is a side on game. You have to stand sideways on your body. When canada goose black friday sale a bowler is bowling at you, you have to stand sideways canada goose black friday sale.

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