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Synaesthesia Can Hit Cricket Wickets – Part II

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With his helmet on and cricket bat firmly in his hands, Skye was waiting for the next ball to be bowled. Here it came! Green accompanied with a bit yellow and a tiny touch of blue, oh NO!!! Judging by the synaesthetic colours, Skye knew it was an excellent ball, and was hitting towards his left. He moved quickly to the left. Unfortunately, as a right-handed batsman, he often had trouble batting at that position.

The colour synaesthesia enhances almost every aspect of Skye’s life. Cricket is no exception. He sees nearly every ball bowled towards him in multiple synaesthetic colours immediately behind the ball. After he hits the ball, the same set of synaesthetic colours moves to the front of the ball and leads the way to where the ball finally lands, but the colours fade away gradually during this process.

The synaesthetic colour of a mixture of scarlet and red indicates another good ball potentially hitting a stump. Skye is much more confident in handling balls in that position, and reacts much quicker with his bat.

If a cricket ball is bowled way onto the left, i.e., the ball is delivered by the bowler as a wide, Skye sees a dark green colour. On the opposite right hand side, the synaesthetic colour for a wide is a combination of scarlet and yellow.

Skye’s best batting happens when a ball is bowled towards his right hand side, not far from him.

“Mum, I can see a mixture of six colours, similar to my favourite rainbow colour! Red, scarlet, orange, yellow, purple and green. I quickly move to the right, and can hit the ball well. It’s a good colour for my batting.”

Oh well, how can anyone argue a reason like that :-)

Skye always notices that colours enhance if he wears a helmet. Without a helmet, the colours do not appear as often and are less effective. The colours usually are lighter, and sometimes do not go all the way.

Interestingly, when Skye does the bowling himself, he only sees colours if he bowls really well or poorly. Bright colours such as scarlet, red, orange, green, vermillion, yellow are associated with good bowling. They uplift his spirit. Unsurprisingly, bad balls are accompanied by colours like black, ultramarine, mauve, and grey. Skye declares that he sees bright colours more often.

“That must mean I am a pretty good bowler!” Skye smiled innocently.

This self appraisal based on his synaesthesia is very encouraging :-)

(Picture attachment: Thomas batting, Skye (not in picture) bowling, and ponies fielding)

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