Monday, October 03, 2005

More on the ball game

It all started when the wily Harbhajan Singh hit a massive six that almost cleared the stadium. The ball could not be retrieved. The commentators – Mpumelelo Mbangwa and Arun Lal -- got some breather from Harbhajan’s adrenalin rush.
Here’s the gem of a conversation:

Arun Lal: Here comes the third umpire with his basket of old balls.

Mbangwa: It will be difficult to replace such an old ball. They are already in tatters and, anyway, 80-over-old balls do not extract any “juice” from the track.

Arun Lal: I wonder how they maintain 80-over-old balls. But these are red and I guess that’s okay. In a one-day scenario, it must be really difficult to replace a white ball.

[The umpires decide on a ball]

Mbangwa: This ball is in a really bad shape. [Has got quite a humping, is what he must have meant]

Arun Lal: The new old ball, you mean!

[Both laugh]

Arun Lal: Coming back to the one-day scenario, I wonder how they find 45-over old balls. [The ball fixation is getting worse. Needs a shrink]. Because all 45–over-old balls are inevitably brown!

Mbangwa (with a flourish): You mean a brown white ball?


That must be a mulatto ball, according to Sunny!*

*Refer to the last post.


At 2:42 AM, Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Time to post again, surely?


At 11:02 AM, Blogger A fool on the hill said...

J.A.P: You stirred quite a hornet's nest with your "who's superior" comment!
Will be off to Goa this weekend. Sun, susigade and surf.


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