How Dodds brightened up his game: fifties cricket star TC `Dickie' Dodds tells Paul Williams why he started hitting the ball harder.
When in 1959 TC `Dickie' Dodds retired after 13 seasons as opening bat for Essex County Cricket Club Essex County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Essex. Its limited overs team is called the Essex Eagles. , the World of Cricket wrote that his had been a career `that delighted cricket followers followers
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Dodds says he had not always played like that. Opening batsmen are, after all, expected to stay in and not take undue risks. He traces the total transformation of the way he played to a decision he made shortly before being released from the army in the spring of 1946.
War service had taken him to India and Burma. As it was coming to an end, he found himself asking searching questions about the future--and his role in it. What sort of post-war world would be constructed? How would things be different from before? In India and in Burma, and on the troop ship home, he had read books on, and met people connected with, Moral Re-Armament Moral Re-Armament: see Buchman, Frank N. D. . Their idea was that change in the world began with yourself and the way you lived personally.
Staying at his father's vicarage in Warwickshire as he negotiated to join Essex County Cricket Club as a professional, he had long talks about these things "These Things" is an EP by She Wants Revenge, released in 2005 by Perfect Kiss, a subsidiary of Geffen Records. Music Video
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Adv. 1. , sitting up in bed in his hotel room on the morning of the second day of his first full county match, he had a surprising thought--if professional cricket was to be his life, he should ask God how he should play it. `Immediately there came a thought into my mind, "Hit the ball hard and enjoy it."'
It was such an uncomfortable answer for an opening batsman that he tried to put it out of his mind. What eventually decided him to obey it was the realization that he was being asked to play cricket the way God wanted. `I realized that God likes beautiful cricket. I was being asked to play beautiful shots to please a God who loves beautiful things.'
The Essex coach, Frank Rist, called Dodds `a miracle man' because he `had changed overnight from being one of the slowest opening bats in the country to one of the fastest'. He carried his new way of playing through 13 seasons, making over 1,000 runs in each of them. It remains an unbeaten record for Essex.
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For today's players Dodds (now 80) has a simple message: motive is everything--and it shows. `The key question all cricketers should ask themselves is: why do they play the game,' he says with conviction. `The thing that you have in your mind as a cricketer is what the spectator will get. You play the way you think and each of us chooses the way we think.' For Dodds himself the motive was to try to please God.