After a looooooong time, atleast 5 years, I happened to play a proper cricket match (at Broadcom). I was waiting eagerly for the match for a week atleast and then the day came. It was Saturday, 15th of July. My wife did encourage me to play well though she actually preferred me staying back and taking care of Smitha (who was not feeling well) as she had exam duty on that day. But I ended up at the venue (Koramangala : St. John’s Medical college ground). I was apprehensive and so took to practice bowling. I then got the confidence that it was still there in me.
The match started and we won the toss and elected to bat. Our team did well to post 80 plus in the alloted 15 overs. I did not get to bat, and so could not figure out how I would have ended up had I got a chance. When it was our turn to bowl, the worst happened. I got the first over to bowl, the team confident in me. The first two deliveries were no-balls and the third was way too short. I had images of Zaheer khan in the world cup, but I did not stupidly stare back at the batsman like zaheer did as if the no-ball was his mistake. I came for the third over and in the 12 balls I bowled I went for 10 runs, including a four. To be frank I bowled 15 balls in all including 2 no balls and 1 wide.
I was totally upset, and took to keeping wickets. Then something funny happened. I felt like I was back to the old times. I felt much better and more energetic and was ready to try my best. But our team was way into trouble by the end of 8th over and only a miracle could have helped us.
Eventually we lost, in the first ball of the 12th over itself and there was no much dissapointment as it was nowhere a close finish.
After the match, had anyone interviewed me, I might have ended up with some foolish statements like “I bowled well during our practice session” (Azhar did say that he played well in the nets) or “I was the captain during my college days” (Ganguly speaking of his past glory). Luckily it did not happen.
I was waiting for some muscle pulls and body aches the next day, but apart from minor discomforts I was pretty much ok. That was a great moral boost to me, the fact that I am still fit for a rugged cricket match !!