Yuvraj Singh joined the pantheon of cricketing legends on Wednesday when he hit six sixes in one over against England in Durban. His week before and after he became ‘Mr Six Pack’:
Sept 15, Sunday: It’s been exactly eight days and I’m still having the same nightmare. Square-jawed Rahul comes up to me after Dimitri Mascarenhas has just hit me for a six at the Oval and tells me, “Don’t worry. He’ll edge the next one.” Then Mascarenhas hits me for a six on the second ball. Rahul comes back and tells me, “Don’t worry. He’ll edge the next one.” He hits me for a six on the third ball. The skipper comes back to me and says, “Don’t worry. He’ll edge the next one.” When Mascarenhas hits me for a fourth six, Rahul stops coming up to me.” I wake up in cold sweat.
Sept 16, Monday: Himesh Reshammiya called me today. He asked me whether wearing a cap all the time actually brought me good luck. I told him that it did. He started laughing loudly over the phone. I dreamt the same dream again tonight. This after getting clobbered by New Zealand. Must ask Viru where New Zealand is.
Sept 17, Tuesday: My father called and told me not to get violent in case we’re knocked out of the tournament tomorrow against England. I bought a doll from a local market that vaguely looked like Mascarenhas. Dhoni thinks it looks more like Stuart Broad. I don’t agree. Anyway, the last two hours I’ve been poking needles into this voodoo doll. The man tells me if the doll doesn’t humiliate the person it represents in the next 24 hours, I’ll get my money back and meet Nelson Mandela .
Sept 18, Wednesday: I never really noticed, but the voodoo doll had blonde hair. I may be deliriously drunk after the world record but I can clearly hear myself tell Rahul in my head saying, “Oh shut up! I’m dragtying bvvvwrtmnnn!”
Sept 19, Thursday: Dragtying bvvv- wrtmnnn!
Sept 20, Friday: Dragtying bvvvwrtmnnn! Jusht tell them I’m a world record [hic!] holder! I can’t play tomorrow!
Sept 21, Saturday: Wish I could have played against South Africa.
It’s a tennis elbow problem. I swear. It has nothing to do with my celebrations during the last two days.