Wouldn't have happened in England. A debutant opening the bowling for his side would have been met with a polite forward defensive, a round of applause from all on the pitch and a break for champagne and cucumber sandwiches to be brought out from the pavilion.
Last Edit: 13 Nov 2012 20:27 by Rogin the Armchair fan.
The dearest wish of any parent sending their child out onto a cricket pitch is that they will find a suitable husband.
There has always been an Jane Austen like melancholy in watching some of the homelier players - Jack Russell, say, or Alec Stewart - carry on year after year, knowing that the chances of Prince Charming hopping over the boundary rope and sweeping them away are ever receding.
It seems Gazi is an off-spinner, which may help explain how Gayle could hit him for six without having a look first. The fourth ball of the opening over also went for a maximum.
I wonder how many of the previous 2000-odd tests have seen a spinner delivery the first ball of the match? It won't be the first, India must have done it a few times, but it won't be many either.
The meaning of the two sorts of debutant is pretty similar. In the case of the girls, the word initially reference their first year going to parties/events of
. It's easy to see how this got transfered across to sport.
Shouldn't the pronounciation of the masculine and feminine forms be slightly different? The final 't' should only be enunciated for the feminine version.
Rarely. Usually we'd say "in his first NHL/major league/NFL/NBA game/appearance." Debut sounds too grand, like he's the star attraction, which is almost never the case. Debut is usually only used in the theatre, although if you said "making his major league debut," people would know what you meant.
It's not so much an aversion to French as it is that French makes it sound grand and fancy, not to mention, way too optimistic. A lot of that may be because they still do debutante balls in the South and the word is subconsciously connected to that anachronistic embarrassment.
Musicals have their big debut on Broadway. The new line of 2013 BMWs debuts at your nearby Tri-State BMW dealer, so stop in today! But players who may end up being big busts anyway haven't earned that fanfare or the implicit assumption that this is just the first of many.
New cars and new broadway shows haven't earned that optimism either, but we can go along with the promoters efforts to make it seem like a big deal. Whereas a new player deserves, at best, cautious optimism. A German or Swedish word for "let's see if he can hack it" would be more appropriate to our attitude in this situation.
As for international play, we like "first cap." We like the idea that the players each get a little beanie.