White clouds adorn the bright blue skies
the sun mild yet mischeviously playing hide and seek
the green grass shining, bright and lively..
ampitheatre at the home of the gentlemen’s game is set..
a pinchful of grass blades is tossed in the air to check the wind direction..
the umpires in their place, sightscreen sorted,
the batsman on strike..
the bowler tosses the ball in his hand…
rubs his sole on the grass…
Lets play Gentlemen says the umpire…
only in Whites ! ………………………..
There is a certain romance that Test Cricket holds it is indescribable, but I shall try to atleast show how I look at it… !
When you see a bowler at the top of his mark tossing up the ball at one instance and rubbing it in his groin the other, surveying his field, asking his skipper for an extra slip, adjusting his short leg, asking his fine-leg to come finer… you are filled with anticipation you know the primal contest is about to begin.
The batsman has marked his guard, stretches his limbs, jogs up a warm gush of blood in his veins, practises swaying away, surveys the slips who are eager for his edge, looks at the sight screen and then the bowler and with nervous energy flowing gets in his crease into his stance and starts to tap the pitch waiting for the ball that will be hurled at him, to get him out !
The bowler starts his run in to the wickets full of rhythm, he is full of energy, looking to channelise all his effort in the 5’1/2 ounce of leather, seeking either the edge of the bat or a kiss on the batsman’s helmet, the keeper crouches in anticipation and the batsmen has his feet back and across his bat waiting in anticipation, he is trying to move his feet which are stuck to get into position and then suddenly his vision tells him its out side off and he shoulders arms and lets the ball go… and heaves a SIGH of relief ! The first ball has been left alone !!!!
Test Cricket Ahoy !
only in Whites !
Today at Lords, the World’s No.1 Test Team India takes on the World’s No.3 ranked team. The match is historical in the sense that it is the 2000th Test Match, it is also the 100th Test Match that these two countries will play against each other. The No.1 Ranking is on the line and for a change there is no clear favourite.
The only thing missing is Virender Sehwag ! Alas… in only Veeru could be there to face the first ball !!!!! Sigh… but then you cant have everything !!!! 😀
The appetite is whetted and I can wait !!!! 😀 😀 😀