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Is Sehwag's batting under evil spell?

The Mahakali Pooja to ward off the evil spirit, held at the banks of Yamuna does suggest so, reports Atul Sondhi.

india Updated: May 16, 2007 04:04 IST

An interesting Tantrik Pooja was held at the banks of Yamuna near Delhi's Kalindi Kunj to bring Virender Sehwag back to form.

According to an India TV report, the Mahakali Pooja was allegedly organised by the dashing batsman's relatives and implemented by a distant relative, but there was no quote or evidence to suggest their involvement. Probably, it was a fan's idea, masquerading as a distant relative.

However, the visuals did show Havan fire, two pair of stumps - one on each side, some statues, a photograph of Sehwag and a bat with which "he had been dismissed without scoring."

Such Tantrik Poojas, to ward of the evil spirit, are generally secretly organised at outdoor locations and it is important to hold them near the banks of polluted rivers.

But invoking deities to help the Indian batsmen is not new in cricket. A small Cricket Ganesha temple had come up in an apartment complex in Chennai in 2001, after "prayers had led to India winning the 2001 Kolkata Test". The temple has various statues of Lord Ganesha holding bat and ball.

Players are known to be going to temples and offering valuables after overcoming a lean patch. The Srivari Hundi at the famous Lord Venkateswara temple has a silver cricket bat presented by the incomparable Gundappa Viswanath, for all that God had done to his career.

But the organizers of the Pooja to get Sehwag back in form, forgot one thing — propitiating the Rain Gods to ensure a full 50-over match!