Just when you thought you had seen the last of Buchanan’s magic, he pulls out yet another rabbit from his golden helmet. [Link]
Kolkata have now devised a new sign language to communicate with each other on the field, in order to negate the language problem that players of different backgrounds have to contend with in the IPL, and at the same time, to keep the opponents guessing about their strategies.
An adaptation from baseball, the Knight Riders team have learnt these new signs to get their field-placings right, and to guide the bowlers about what line and length to bowl against particular batsmen. According to sources, the elevation of wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum to captaincy is also seen as an extension of the baseball logic, where the catcher behind the plate discusses the next throw with the pitcher using sign language.
Details are sketchy as to what exactly these signs are. But according to one source, the middle-finger means “give the ball to Agarkar” and the “throat-cutting” gesture means Brad Hodge is coming into bat.
The jury is still out on what the above hand-gesture means but according to one source, it may have something to do with “Little John.” (name courtesy FIPLp)