Tuesday, 23 June 2009

IT IS NOT THE DILSCOOP

Or 'the Dilshan' or anything of the sort. Common sense states that a shot should be named after the guy who thought of it. SO CALL IT THE MARILLIER SHOT. Because Douglas Marillier thought of it. And Douglas Marillier is one of the coolest people to have played any game (in the same league as Marat Safin, Shahid Afridi, Jacques Villneuve, Juan Pablo Montoya, Andréas 'KixeR' Sjölander etc.)

Remember that it is the Marillier shot!


14 comments:

aaaaanold said...

Much discussion has been made whether the Dilscoop is identical to the Marilier or Paddle scoop. However according to former Australian captain Ian Chappell who was commentating during the above ICC World Twenty20, he had never seen any batsman play the ball straight over the wicket keeper's head as Dilshan does, hence its originality. Chappell having seen both the Marrillier popularised by former Zimbabwe player Douglas Marillier and Dilshan therefore presents a credible view.

While the Dilscoop travels straight over the wicket keeper, the Marilier travels towards fine leg or deep fine leg and the Paddle Scoop preferred by many players including Moin Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq among others is played against a yorker length ball [note the Dilscoop is played against a good length or slightly short of length ball].[1]

greySith said...

I have seen the Marillier shot myself, he played it back over the wicketkeeper's head, not toward fine leg.

aaaaanold said...

What about the difference in footwork and the type of ball?

DILSCOOP is played to a short of length ball and the MARRILIER is played to a full length or yorker length ball.

Furthermore DILSCOOP is played with the footwork of a sweep - on one knee - I don't think the footwork for the MARRILIER is the same.

Any videos / pictures of the MARRILER?

greySith said...

The Marillier shot is not played to short deliveries, but it most certainly is played on one knee.

aaaaanold said...

Any videos / pictures of the MARRILER?

greySith said...

I hadn't in mind that I'd be arguing about it one day far in the future, when I saw the marillier shot on TV. Therefore, I didn't have the foresight to record it. I'll look on youtube, if I find anything, I'll post the link here.

greySith said...

A simple search on youtube shows nothing. I'll look harder.

aaaaanold said...

Go to facebook and then under search type -
The Doug Marillier & Tillekaratne Dilshan's Keeper's Overhead Scoop Shot

You get a photo of Marrilier's scoop but he doen't look to be on one knee.

aaaaanold said...

Photo of the Marillier
http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/2002/03/08/stories/2002030806311900.htm

Got it from Google Images

greySith said...

That isn't the Marillier. Even the wiki entry has the so-called dilscoop on the marillier shot page.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marillier_shot

Sameer said...

So what if it's on Wiki? The page might be written by someone who supports what you said. I would call it Dilscoop because it is Discoop!

greySith said...

That's just an addition to my argument. I've seen Marillier play the shot, and it is almost the same.

Just because no one has used in in five-six years does not mean that Dilshan invented it.

Is it correct, if I come up to you with some old, hardly used equation and say, 'Ha! this is the greysith equation' ?

Gautam Akiwate said...
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Gautam Akiwate said...

I agree that it should be called the Marillier shot. I think he used it to a great effect in India against Zaheer Khan... It was one of the most amazing innings ever played!