Is Kraigg Brathwaite ready to return to his best form?

By Mariah Ramharack June 21, 2020

I use my Sundays to look back at what has been happening in the world of sport. On many a Sunday, I realise that people have looked at the stories they've seen throughout the week with different lenses. I have my own personal take on some of these issues and I will share them with you. Welcome to #INCASEYOUMISSEDIT.

NBA Ball or no ball?

With the 2019/2020 NBA season set to resume on July 31, there are divergent views regarding the restart. Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been vocal about his opposition and says attention should be placed on resolving the systemic racial injustice and inequality which divide Americans. He has received support from Lakers Centre Dwight Howard along with many others, citing there are more important things than basketball.

By contrast, Lakers star LeBron has reportedly spoken about the need to get the season going again and this has been endorsed by his teammate Patrick Beverly who tweeted, “If the King says he is hooping, we are all hooping.” Most news sources have reported that LeBron wants to continue to play while also being a voice for social change.

In my opinion, change isn’t confined to one path. Daily media coverage fed to millions of sports-starved fans can be an even stronger vehicle for their message. The players can use their power and resources to effect change. Refusing to play will undermine all the hard work that black men and women did to stamp their legacy on the sport. Why not get the best of both worlds? Play and effect change!

 

Kraigg Braithwaite. Is he ready?

Sports overall is unforgiving because of its competitive nature. Selectors and fans demand results. Windies opener Kraigg Braithwaite has been under serious scrutiny and criticism because of his inability to contribute with the bat in the last few Tests. However, I will not judge the 27-year-old; just yet.
With a Test average of 33 and a top score of 212, I have time for him. In his recent press conference, he explained that he has been doing remedial work with coach Desmond Haynes. He stressed the importance of his mindset and confidence. In addition, I think opening the batting with John Campbell is also a plus as both players have a history that dates back to the Under 15 days. I think once Kraig applies himself, he can be a destructive batting force. It’s all up to him and the clock is ticking.

 

Marcus Rashford beats the UK government with a fast-footed appeal

A U-turn that was welcomed whole-heartedly by me since this is a cause that is remarkably close to my heart because of my love for children. Due to Rashford’s selflessness, approximately 1.3 million children will benefit from the free school meal vouchers for the six-week holiday period. It is a gesture that may appear a simple act of kindness but it will touch the lives of children and in turn affect their upbringing.

Rashford's act paints footballers in a positive light. It reiterates that the 22-year-old ManU forward has his heart in the right place while highlighting the extent of power that public figures have and how they can use their millions of Twitter followers to effect change.

 

Royal Ascot 2020: No fanfare but pure quality

The 2020 presentation of the Royal Ascot had no fans, no fanfare, no fancy dresses, and no hats but the quality of the races compensated. It has only been the first week and Jim Crowley has cupped 5 wins. James Doyle is also making his mark winning the Prince of Wales Stakes. The most exciting of them all he was the Windsor Castle Stakes that he won for the Queen with Tactical. The Queen’s first win since 2016.

Personally, the highlight for me was when Record-breaking rider Hollie Doyle claimed her first Royal Ascot success with a last-gasp triumph aboard Scarlet Dragon in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes. She enjoyed a stellar 2019, riding 116 winners – more in a calendar year than any other female jockey, becoming only the third woman to reach a century after Hayley Turner and Josephine Gordon.

Hollie has set the stage for all women looking on to feel confident to excel in what was originally deemed a sport for men.  The manner in with she kept her cool and managed to weave a passage between horses to pick up the win is an enormously proud moment that should be celebrated.

 

Fake crowd noise, does it make a difference?

The return of the Premier League during the Covid-19 pandemic has been different. Initially, I was sceptical about having no fans and people being replaced by artificial sounds. However, it has turned out better than I expected.

The lack of crowd means their needs to be intense concentration by those operating the systems and generating the reactions to ensure fans feel involved like before.

Also, the most noticeable aspect of crowd-free football is that everyone hears everything. That may be true inside the stadium, though even with the crowd noise muted, not much came over the television. Who needs people inside the ground when you can create your own atmosphere?

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