Friday, 2 December 2011

Solved: The Curious Case of Ashwin’s Second Run Apathy!

Chennai mid-1990. Madras, if you fuss. Pre-Why-this-Kolaveri-Di days, if you know what I mean.

The sun had called it a day some 30 minutes ago. In one of the grounds dotting the city, a group of boys could not abandon the game that was hanging in balance.

Team A needed two runs off the last ball to win. Team B needed one dot ball.

Ashu was on strike with his younger brother at the other end.

Ashu drove the final ball to long-off and quickly ran the single. His brother was yet to complete the first run.

"Run for your life bhai. Run or will box your ear!" Ashu screamed.

His brother halted for a moment, took the first run, turned and sprinted to complete the second at a speed he was not suspected of.

And he kept running, like Forrest Gump. He crossed the boundary, exited the ground and ran into the sunset.

Never to return again.

It was the world's costliest second run that came at the expense of a brother.

Since that day, a penitent Ravichandran Ashwin has declined every opportunity to run a second run.

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