CRICKET AND ME

I believe there are different stages to a man's relation with cricket:

Stage 1: 0-6 years

You take a plastic bat  with you wherever you go and ask someone older to play with you. You only want to bat. Fielding and bowling is considered for losers or for older people.

You are 6, obviously you are not good, so you start crying the moment you get out and convince the one playing with you that it was a no ball.





Stage 2: 6-16 years

In this period you start dreaming of becoming India's next Sachin tendulkar. When you should be actually be dreaming of girls, you think of hitting the last ball for a six and winning the match for your team and give Javed miandad a fitting reply for what he did in sharjah.

You don't roam around with a bat but even while walking with your mom to the grocery shop, you keep on practicing your strokes assuming your hand to be a bat.

You start playing with other kids of your age, and now cheating when you are out becomes a bit difficult. In the latter part, you are branded as a bowler or a batsman though deep within your heart, you still consider yourself to be an all-rounder.

Gradually you start playing with a proper ball.When it hits you there for the first time, you experience what real pain is. This is the stage you hear dialogues like-" It's my bat, i will bat first."

Fielding is still for losers.




Stage 3: 16-18 years

This is the stage when your dreams are shattered , you are told that this two years are the most crucial years of your life and if you study hard you will have a brilliant future (You get to hear the same lines many times again in the future)

The posters of sachin are replaced by that of Deepika padukone.





Stage 4: Lets call this stage the college period

1st year: The passion of cricket is reignited and you are willing to play in the sweltering heat in the big ground. Sachin is back on your wall, though deepika padukone is still occupying most of it

2nd year: The passion is still there, but fatigue has rubbed on it somewhat and you restrict yourself to playing on basketball court.


3rd year: Fatigue gets in completely and you are seen playing cricket in the corridors of your room.


Post graduation : EA sports releases a new version of cricket for the computer, so your love for cricket is revived  and your passion is confined to your room.


Stage 5: After college

Cricket is restricted to television, and you think to yourself that it is good that you did not spend time playing the game, after all, only 11 make into the field. The mind always has its excuses. It always does.

Stage 6: When you become a father

Well, you know start bowling for your son...Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.....





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