Exclusive Interview with Dennis Amiss : First Centurion of World Cup talks about cricket, Premier League and more

Dennis Amiss

With 2015 Cricket World Cup just half-a-year away, Sports-nova caught up with one of England’s finest batsmen Dennis Amiss who scored the first century in World Cup history. Dennis, ECB’s past vice president, holds the unique record of reaching the three figure mark in both of his first and last ODI matches.

The technically gifted right-handed batsmen was also the first centurion in ODI cricket which is also the first instance when a debutant scored an ODI century. His list of records never seemed to cut short as he managed the highest ODI average as an English batsman (among all who have played five ODIs or more), 47.72 to be precise. Earlier on his career, Denis Amiss suffered with an injury which he aggravated while playing school level football.

 Dennis was always tinkering with his game, he was bigger perfectionist than Colin Cowdrey 
His former Warwickshire team-mate Jack Bannister said that and here we present the excerpt of an exclusive interview with the man himself, Dennis Amiss.

Q: How difficult is it for a sportsperson to come back from an injury to the highest level of the game?

A: It depends on the seriousness of injury. Like me, Botham also came back from a serious back problem.

Q: Who is the best bowler you have ever faced? 

A: It is surely Dennis Lillee. I personally had more difficulty with him. But his record is also very special.

Q: If you were England selector now, what would you have done to reform England side to help them shine in 2015 World Cup? Are you happy with the proceedings?

A: It is a difficult question after what has gone on in England team in the last 12 months. However, I would have had a different one day captain to the test match captain. Although that is not easy in the present circumstances.

Q: How did you feel while fielding when you saw Gavaskar scoring 36 off 174 balls whereas India needed to chase over 300?

A: We, all, felt it was difficult to understand, the way he played that afternoon.

Q: Tell us some remarkable memories of yours.

A: It is going to be the very occasion when I helped my team to save Test Match Series in West Indies in 1974 by winning last test. Winning county championship in 1972 with Warwickshire, winning Gillette Cup 1966/68 with Warwickshire will be next on my list. It also felt good when Warwickshire won three trophies in the season 1994 and I was the CEO of the club.

Q: I know it’s getting too long. Nowadays players rise from T-20 competitions whereas sometime ago, county cricket or first class cricket was the talent spotting zones. What’s your views on this?

A: Talent comes in all forms from many places.Top players can play in all forms of the game .

Q: Fun-time: We know you played football in your early days. Which Premier League club do you support?

A: 1. Birmingham City, 2. Wolverhampton Wanderers, 3. Aston Villa, 4. West Bromwich Albion.


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(Interview taken by Debangan Dey, a Sports-nova correspondent)

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