Saturday, March 17, 2012

Batsman: Tom Jones Tikolo


Maasai warriors who turned down spears for bats

The incredible Sachin Tendulkar of India rocked the entire world yesterday when he scored his 100th international century in the Asian Cup. For those who are not into cricket a century is attained when a batsman scores 100 or more runs in an inning. As the world all over celebrated the Legend Sachin Tendulkar, here at Daily Kenya we were deep through a list of remarkable Kenyan cricketers and settled on one.
Tom Tikolo, the man from Kakamega who captained Kenya in 22 ICC Trophy (Now ICC World Cup Qualifier) games. The right-handed batman was instrumental in the buildup and success of the national team having led it to their first ICC trophy final in 1994. He will also be remembered for having scored 79 in a single inning and being the first black Kenyan to ever play for the national cricket team.
After retiring from his playing career, he got involved in developing cricket in the country. Later in 2005, he became the CEO of Cricket Kenya. His brother, Steve Ogonji Tikolo and David Tikolo are also great personalities in the world of cricket.
Kenyan cricket is not complete without the mention of Maurice Odumbe, another Kenyan whose name is inscribed in Cricket greats with the most runs (1173). 

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