24th Feb 2010 will be a golden day in the history of cricket..The Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar became the FIRST man in the world to hit a double ton 🙂 🙂 HATS OFF!!!
Watching all these,I was just floating back in the timeline..some 15 years back..When my brother and I were crazy over cricket..we were crazy over the cricket players too that we worshipped them.We played cricket daily after school,and playing cricket becomes an addiction during summer holidays.
I remember,during summer holidays,we get up early and go out for play even before having breakfast.Then we’ll come back by 9am for breakfast and then again run back to the ground with water bottles.We dont used to return from the ground unless we go blind because of hunger.Those days playing cricket was a passion and moreover an addiction..We used to fight with Mom for playing another five more minutes when it would have been already getting dark.. 🙂 🙂
After getting back home,again we play cricket.We had a cricket board game on which one team can set up a field on the board as there will be small toys as fielders and the opponent team can pick a card from the pile to know the runs or the wicket.
Once a session of board game is over then we will go to bedroom for another session of the game.We had a small plastic hand fan and a plastic ball.The batsman will stand on the bed and the bowler on the floor.If the ball hits on the opposite wall without pitching anywhere then its a six otherwise a boundry.Rest of the rules as it is.
By the time we finish off 3 or 4 sessions of this match(bedroom matches are for 5 overs),it will be time or dinner.How can we leave cricket after dinner???So we had this hobby which we named as “Cricket Diary”.I was a die had fan of Sachin and my brother was a fan of Ganguly.So our work was to cut out the pics of these two from the newspapers,magazines.What more to say almost every other book we see.It was a competition between us on who will collect the more pictures..If I remember correctly,I had three cricket diaries full of Sachin’s photos and it counted around 900+
We invented a game called “one-pitch-out”.During rainy days we used to play in the balcony or verandah.So the rules for the game go like this.The batsman will hit the ball and the bowler should catch it only after pitching it once and he is out.If the bowler drops the catch then,1 run.No sixes and boundaries.If the batsman hits the ball without making it pitch anywhere then he is out.If you guys think that this is a silly form of the game,then i challenge you to hit a century this way.
During the 1996,World Cup,we were all set to watch it.We arranged the couch and the TV in such a way that we could watch,study,eat and sleep there itself.Whenever its a Day-Night match the next day,we will find out reasons to take leave.Since we were mutual supportive and parents were busy with their office work,it was always easy to make excuses to sit at home to watch the match.
It was during this time,like a curse Power-Cut got implemented in Kerala.There wont be power for half an hour and that half an hour,we will be like fishes out of the water.All tensed thinking what must have happened.We will try to listen to the radio for the updates.Sometimes the power wont come at all.Then the only thing to do is to go to the Pooja room(Prayer Room) to pray God that India should win.Wept more than the players when India lost to Sri Lanka at Kolkata in the Semi-finals..What a days!!!
As years passed by,everything changed,the number of matches played by us decreased drastically.Prayers for exams and studies took over the prayers for India.Record books and text books replaced our cricket diaries.Watching matches became a waste of time.
But still..even today,that passion for cricket is there in us..like every Indian..