Cricket, Facts and Fiction, Humor

It’s Cricket all the way!

I was in a dilemma… To skip or not to skip the pre-lunch hour of the Zoology class. The Zoology professor was watching me and I thought he will be harsh on me if I skip the class. But, fortunately, he called me and said in a sub-dued voice, ” I know what prevents you guys from attending my class… That’s what I want. That guy is still batting and we will be robbed of a certain victory… could you go to your favorite restaurant and listen to the running commentary?. I am restless… if our bowlers fail to get his wicket, the match will end in a draw”. Before he completed his commentary, I ran away, saying “Thank you sir, Thank you Sir”.
When I went to the restaurant, I was thrilled to hear the following words from the commentator, “what a catch!….. inches off the ground…. Haniff missed his century”. The students (those who skipped the class) were singing and dancing and i ran back to my class to pass on the good news to the professor. He smiled and showed his thumb as I almost shouted, “He missed his century, He missed his century”.
That is Tellicherry!…. my native town where there is no gender discrimination as far as cricket is concerned. Another occasion was hen I won the heart of the English professor nearly by borrowing a sports magazine from him! Another “memorable” occasion was when I and a cricket crazy friend of mine were on our way to the college. We came across one of the selectors of a local team. “Hi Ramesh you’ll be in the team in to-day’s match” Ramesh had no second thoughts and he handed over his books to me and got into a local bus to the Town cricket club… He skipped the Exam!
There were no TV’s in those days and the radios were few and far between. Nevertheless we ran from pillar to post to listen to he running commentary.
I don’t know if cricket is still a craze in Tellicherry but we can be proud of the fact that the first cricket club in India was started in Tellicherry!

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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