This Kevon is living out his very own Wonder Years | Sports | Times Crest
Popular on Times Crest
  • In This Section
  • Entire Website
  • Courting the closet
    July 6, 2013
    Is it only in team games that men fear being ostracized if they reveal they are gay?
  • Lebron, born again and again
    June 29, 2013
    He may lack the grace of a Michael Jordan, but the lumbering LeBron James is a champion of the people.
  • Double fault by man, ego
    June 29, 2013
    What was it that caused Roger Federer to exit this year's Wimbledon in such feckless fashion?
More in this Section
Profiles
Leaving tiger watching to raise rice Ecologist Debal Deb, who did his post-doctoral research from IISc in…
The crorepati writer He's the man who gives Big B his lines. RD Tailang, the writer of KBC.
Chennai-Toronto express Review Raja is a Canadian enthusiast whose quirky video reviews of Tamil…
Don't parrot, perform Maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta will hold a masterclass on ragas.
A man's man Shivananda Khan spent his life speaking up for men who have sex with men.
Bhowmick and the first family of Indian football At first glance, it would be the craziest set-up in professional football.
From Times Blogs
The end of Detroit
Jobs in Detroit's car factories are moving to India.
Chidanand Rajghatta
How I love the word ‘dobaara’...
Can ‘bindaas’ or ‘jhakaas’ survive transliteration?
Shobhaa De
Anand marte nahin...
India's first superstar died almost a lonely life.
Robin Roy
IPL 5

This Kevon is living out his very own Wonder Years

|



It's Kevon. " He is quite specific about that. For all those who wonder what's in a name, ask Trinidad and Tobago's Kevon Cooper. It would be so easy to call him by the more popular name 'Kevin'.

Cooper was an unknown name till a week back. This tall cricketer (" 6-ft-6-inch, ", he would tell you) is a bowling allrounder, who can throw his bat around to good effect lower down the order. A medium-pacer, he has found the Indian wickets to his liking. "I know what these wickets are like, " the new Team Rajasthan signing had said before the fifth edition of the IPL kicked off. "I have played in the Champions League and I quite liked the wickets in India. "

As if to prove that, his first serious delivery during a practice game before IPL-V had Sreevats Goswami fending it off with much difficulty. It was directed at his throat, that too on a placid Swai Mansingh Stadium wicket. He was barely a day old in Jaipur and there he was, hitting the deck really hard.

"Watch out for him, he is good, " Raghu Iyer, CEO of Team Rajasthan, said. In fact, Rajasthan had done their research when they picked him up at the auctions earlier this year. He proved his worth in the first match itself for Rajasthan, picking up four wickets and smashing 11 off three balls. His first shot in IPL was a six. He had a couple of catches too. In fact, Cooper had a hand in the first five wickets to fall in opponent Punjab's innings. "Have been playing quality cricket for three-four years and I do believe in my talent, " he said. And he hopes his performance for Rajasthan will be noticed back home. "This is the biggest T20 tournament in the world and everyone will be following the performances here, " he added. His most potent weapon is the slower one, which has fetched him many wickets.

The road hasn't been easy for Cooper in his short journey in cricket so far. He was called for a suspect action during the Caribbean T20 meet last year. He admits to being confused. A stint in Perth for corrective measure found him back in contention for a place in the West Indies squad.

Teammate Johan Botha of South Africa finds him quite talented. "It's good that he has struck form early for us, " the better-known Rajsthan allrounder said. Cooper presents some happy options for Rajasthan. His success means they can allow Englishman Paul Collingwood stay at home.

As you delve into Cooper's life beyond cricket, a 'Kevin' connection can indeed be found. Like most West Indians, Cooper too hoped to make it big in football. In fact, one of his brothers named Kevin Molino turns out professionally for Orlando City in the US Major League Soccer. He also figures in the Trinidad and Tobago squad for the London Olympics. The sporting sibling's father persuaded him to take cricket seriously and when he made the West Indies U-19 squad, his priorities changed.

He had a good outing in the Bangladesh Premier League, where he played for Chittagong Kings. "It was a nice experience, " he said.

What strike's you most about Cooper is his gentle nature. Soft-spoken - you can even call him shy - and unassuming, Cooper is a man of very few words. He prefers to let his cricket do the talking. Perhaps it is too early to make a hero out of him, but then wasn't Shane Watson a similar 'hopeful' before he struck gold with Rajasthan in the inaugural IPL? Consistency would be the key for Cooper in the IPL matches to come and the game against Mumbai last week was example that life on the field is not always rosy.

Other Times Group news sites
The Times of India | The Economic Times
इकनॉमिक टाइम्स | ઈકોનોમિક ટાઈમ્સ
Mumbai Mirror | Times Now
Indiatimes | नवभारत टाइम्स
महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स
Living and entertainment
Timescity | iDiva | Bollywood | Zoom
| Technoholik | MensXP.com

Networking

itimes | Dating & Chat | Email
Hot on the Web
Hotklix
Services
Book print ads | Online shopping | Business solutions | Book domains | Web hosting
Business email | Free SMS | Free email | Website design | CRM | Tenders | Remit
Cheap air tickets | Matrimonial | Ringtones | Astrology | Jobs | Property | Buy car
Online Deals
About us | Advertise with us | Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy | Privacy policy | Feedback
Copyright© 2010 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service