Time can make a person lose his happiness. The happiness that a person get when they play games, hear music or read books. I missed the happiness of playing cricket, which was my day today activity during my school and college days. ‘Cricket’ bored no one indeed. Ten months had gone by! That evening I was lucky to play cricket at Dulwich Sports Ground. It was not easy to bowl, catch, and run all over the ground after a long gap, I did!
We chose to bowl first and I bowled the second over of the match. It was fantastic feeling to bowl after so many months. Six perfect balls strengthened my confidence but the same confidence led to a poor second over, and because of frustration due to dropped catches that added the fuel to the fire.
KV, the sensational fast bowler of the team bowled very well. His seam position, line, and his ball was unplayable, but the opponent team was strong and they smashed our bowlers (other than our star bowler) out of the park and to the boundary now and then, still our classy spinner Rahul took two wickets in two overs. Catches were dropped continuously, some were plum, some were high catches, but none was caught. Finally, I took a forward running catch to dismiss the star batsman of their team and we were back into the game.
We were unable to keep them silent for more than six overs. They once again started to smash our bowlers round the corner of the ground. I was given the authority to bowl the eighteenth over of the match, this time I concentrated more on line and bowled a good over, followed by it; our star bowler bowled a sensational over to restrict them to 153 runs.
It was our turn to smash the ball to the boundary but our openers fell cheap to fantastic swing bowling of Ali. It was then our KV and Arun who made the ship sail smooth. They smashed the bowlers round their corners. I was happy to stand there as umpire. I even judged two close calls perfectly; one was a catch appeal, which was actually from the pads of KV and other was Arun’s run out decision. KV also fell to some fantastic bowling in the ninth over. Rahul, joined the party and smashed the bowlers, but our run-rate was not matching the required rate. And Arun was called back as he crossed the run margin allowed.
Once he was back, the wickets started to fell, Sumit was stumped, Revanth was caught in the deep, and few were clean bowled. I joined Rahul in the 15th over, and he took the lead as he was striking well. I ran double and double, back to back, now and then and lot more risky running to match the required rate. We were progressing well, but finally, Rahul was also called back and the rest fell cheaply leaving me alone.
That's the end to a fantastic cricket match after a long time. I hope that I will continue playing cricket, once I’m back to India. I’m not a great commentator or good at writing about cricket, hope you like this one. Smiles, keep reading my blog posts, if not the new ones, at least the old and gold ones, which are being featured on facebook page.
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