Blind Cricket Commentator

Incredible story from the Associated Press about a blind cricket commentator in Zimbabwe. Apparently, he “sees” the game thanks to his acute hearing and legendary memory:

Du Plessis hears the power and direction of the hit. He listens to the speed and spin of the ball, along with the players’ exertions and their cries of elation or frustration. He senses the excitement — or otherwise — of the play on the cricket field and collates the scores with a computer-like memory.

In the media area at Harare’s Country Club sports field, other journalists see the ball soar skyward after a sharp crack on the bat.

“That’s a big one. It’s gone for six,” said the 33-year-old Du Plessis, his opaque eyes gazing into the distance.

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