A: Hey how are you?
B: I am fine. Just a little more tired.
B: Slept late last night. I was waiting if the match was going to start.
A: But it was called off pretty early aint it?
B: Yeah but I was watching discussions etc.
A: Huh!!! Why do you follow cricket so much. These guys are no good. Rain saved them last night else they would have got another pastering.
B: Dude, Australia was saved because of rains, not India.
A: So you believe thse guys would have made it i.e. chasing down 300 plus score against Australia?
B: Who knows? Remember – you haven’t lost it until you lose it.
A: Huh!!! Fool hardy.
B: Dude, I have told you earlier also. Cricket is a passion for me, not a fashion. I believe India can still win CT.
A: Hehe!!! You are expecting a miracle.
B: I have seen a few. You know what is the biggest achievement of my 20 year career of cricket viewing?
A: You saw Arjuna Ranatunga sprinting for a single to long-on?
B: Haha!!! I saw the entire match of Eden 2001 hoping for a miracle. I saw it ball by ball even when we were down and out after second day. In a population of 200 in our hostel, I was the only one who did it.
A: Don’t tell me? You were expecting India to win?
B: No. Infact I don’t know. I was just hoping or rather praying for a miracle. I got it.
A: So take a leave and see the entire match tomorrow. When you see them ball by ball, miracles happen. Isn’t it?
B: Not necessarily. I saw 1986 Sharjah match ball by ball. Miracle did happen on the last ball but for the opposition.
A: Oh, and Natwest?
B: I was watdhing it at friend’s place as we didn’t have a TV set then. As soon as Ganguly got out, I came back to my place.
A: So you msisses it?
B: No. I watched it on a roadside panshop. As SRT got out, he was switching the TV off. I almost fought with him to keep him on.
A: So you told him the miracle thing.
B: Yeah I did. It worked.
A: Great. So you have seen all these matches where India won miraculously.
B: No. I missed one the main ones – Dhaka 1998 when we chased down 316 against Pakistan.
A: Damn. How could you? Even I didn’t miss it. We were always in with a chance even when SRT got out. Dada and Robin Singh always kept us in.
B: Well, what to say?
A: What to say?
B: I committed the cardinal sin like of mixing drinking and driving.
A: So banged your bike?
B: No, I mixed female with cricket.
A: What? But there were no cheerleaders in those days?
B: No. I went to meet the girl I was trying for.
A: Haha. And?
B: And what? We met. We talked. She talked some rubbish about some electronics course. My ears were onto the sounds that were coming from nearby hostals. There was a roar with evert boundary. I was counting the roars and trying to guess the score.
A: So what happened? You got hooked?
B: Nope. She got hooked with someone else.
A: Oh, that’s sad.
B: No it was not. I learnt a lesson for life. If you have to choose between female and cricket you should always go for later.
A: And why is that?
B: See. If you get emotionally involved with a female, you will feel as if you are emotionally titillated but after sometime you realize that you get terribly exhausted either financially or mentally or both. It is just cricket which can not only titillate you emotionally but can also give you the kick generally missing in day to day life.
B: You can complain day in day out about the game, your team, opposition’s team or whatever. They will never complain back to you. With females, it’s just the otherway round. They keep complaining to you, about you but you are not allowed to return the favour.
A: Wow!!! That’s some philosophy.
A: So you still hope we can win CT.
B: I don’t hope. I believe.
A: And what if we don’t?
B: Don’t worry. India will surely win IPL next year.
A: But India doesn’t play in IPL. Clubs or franchisees do?
B: They are just the means. It’s India who is winning in IPL. So don’t worry. We will win CT otherwise we will have our revenge through IPL.