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No ball, no cry

india Updated: Aug 18, 2010 21:57 IST
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Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara

Javed, old chap. So what do you make of this mystery of the no-ball and a six?

Douglas bhai, you more than anyone should know that everything is fair in love, war and dealings with cricketers who come from outside Karachi?

But surely rumours of Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara telling Suraj Randiv to bowl a no-ball to deny Virender Sehwag a century is a new low in the gentleman’s game?

Abey Douglas, so you think all that negative bowling and the 'bodyline' you made Harold Larwood bowl against Don Bradman's Australian side in 1932-33 was fine?

Hmm. There was nothing in the rulebook that told me not to use the fast leg theory as a strategy.

So here too, the rules are iffy no? Once there's a no-ball, that over-rules everything else. With one run to win for India, the match stopped as soon as the no-ball was called.

But poor Sehwag. The man hit a six. You know the feeling of hitting a six to make your team win — and in the case of Sehwag, notch up a century — don't you?

Jardine mian, watch it! Mine was a last ball six. Sehwag had plenty of balls to spare.

Ok, ok, dear man. No need to get all testy. By the way, what does the rule say if the batsman is eating a banana while on the crease and the ball hits the peel while the bowler is thinking of a nice brandy and...

Do say: How many angels can dance on a pinhead?

Don't say: Was anyone in the Lanka team betting against Sehwag scoring 100?