My dad convinced me to pursue a career in athletics instead of cricket, reveals Usain Bolt

"My dad said because of the system in Jamaica, it would be better to take up athletics"

“My dad said because of the system in Jamaica, it would be better to take up athletics”

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Jamaica sprint sensation Usain Bolt has revealed that his dad convinced him to pursue a career in athletics instead of cricket.

Bolt, who has expressed his love for the game of cricket on numerous occasions, recently scored 45 runs off 19 balls to lead his side to victory in a friendly seven-a-side exhibition match against Yuvraj Singh’s team, which was attended by 6,000 people at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Bolt struck five sixes during his spectacular innings, three of which came off the bowling of Singh.

When asked why he didn’t choose to play cricket full-time after the match, the six-time Olympic gold medallist said: “Blame it on my dad. My father is a huge cricket fan, but when I got to higher secondary, I had two options — cricket or athletics.

“My dad said because of the system in Jamaica, it would be better to take up athletics. He said, ‘You just have to run fast in athletics while it’s tougher to get into the national (cricket) team’.”

Bolt, who is also the world record holder of both the 100m and 200m sprint, has also said that he can bowl close to 90mph in the past.

If he had chosen cricket over athletics, Bolt could have become the next Michael Holding or Joel Garner as he would have struck fear in the heart of batsmen all around the world with his lethal pace.

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