On the last day of the Oval Test between England & Australia.. My colleague – lets call him A, approaches me and says..
“Chakra, are you following the scores mate? How are we doing?”
“Yeah.. I am. England had scored 220+.. Its gonna be a draw and Ashes is for England, for a change.”
“Really? Wouldn’t Australia need to bat again and chase whatever we score”
“There is not enough time mate.. today is the last day and we have a lil’ more than an hour left in the game.. Aussies wouldn’t have a chance to bat, let alone chase & win the game”
“Why didn’t England declare their innings and give the Kangaroos a chance to bat?”
“If they do that, Michael Vaughan would probably be torched alive. Give Aussies half a chance and they would bounce back into the game.”
“But this appears totally unfair. We don’t give them an opportunity to chase our score. They aren’t responsible for the rain, right? Shouldn’t there be some extra time or something like that? If what you say is right and we win the game, I am not happy.. this is unfair.”
A says, “I just learnt that we won the Ashes last evening”.
“What? The entire country is celebrating and you ‘learnt’ about it? What kind of specimen you are?”
With a sheepish grin he says, “I never understood this game in the first place. Never in my life have I seen so much attention given to a cricketing event.”
At this point, another colleague – B, who is a cricket enthusiast joins the conversation and we all walk towards the canteen, where there is a big screen telly showing the live telecast of the victory parade at Trafalgar Square.
B says, “Look at Freddie.. he is da man.. is that his baby? what a cutie pie”
A says, “Is he a big star?”
“Flintoff is the man of the series.. he played amazingly well and deserves the attention he gets…”
B says, “he has turned out to be a great all rounder..
The turnout was maddening.. some 30,000 people lining up the streets of Central London and by the look of it, it is clear that the Capital has come to a standstill due to the parade.
A is in awe about the proceeding.. “Is Australia that big a team to beat? Winning against them after 18 years must be really something.. how about India? Have you guys managed to beat Aussies like this?”
“C’mon A.. we do it year after year.. though we lost against them last year, we have been beating them to pulp as long as I could remember… only that we end up losing badly when we visit them.”
“So, is England now the best team in the world or what?”
B interjects, “we are nearly getting there.. we are gonna tour Pakistan & India this winter. If we manage to do well there, we’ll be on top”.
“but Vaughan says that we are the best or something… is he just boasting?”
“Forget abt Vaughan… any English player would say that even if you lose.. you guys would never get tired of praising yourself”
B got a bit furious “we are gonna win the World cup in 2007 and you’ll have to eat humble pie dude. England are the firm favourites along with India & Pakistan.”
“You don’t have to be polite.. with their current form in one dayers, India is not a favourite.. but then, you never know what’ll happen in 2007.. 2 more years to go.”
“Thats good for England then… we have eliminated Australia, India’s form is not good… so we just have to beat Pakistan to win the World Cup”
“This is so typical of you guys. I don’t think England can win the World Cup any day, leave alone 2007.. Moreover, you are peaking a bit too early.”
“Did you see the Australian Tourism advert today”
“nope.. What was that?”
“A half-page ad with the photograph of English Cricket team and the caption goes – ‘Only visitors who are not welcome to Australia’ – a timely one.”
TV shows images of English team met by Tony Blair at Downing Street.
B said, “I wish Steven Waugh had been the captain of the losing Australian side.. i wd love to see England beat his team.”
A asked, “Whos that?”
“He is a former Aussie captain.. predecessor of Ricky Ponting.. a legend”.
“I wish I had followed cricket from earlier on..”
“Even then, you wouldn’t have understood a thing.. Football is good for you A.”
P.S: This is my 100-th post in this blog and 532-nd overall!