Cricket, they say, is a great leveler. And when the hand that wields the ‘lathi’ picks up the willow, hierarchical civility is hit for a six.
A Madhya Pradesh constable has become the talk of the police department in Indore after hitting five sixes in an over bowled by a thana in-charge, an inspector-rank official.
The occasion was a cricket match between two police teams during a departmental tournament organised to build bridges between officers and the ranks.
The constable Nitesh was playing for West (One) while the bowler at the receiving end of the audacious attack was Depalpur TI Sunil Yadav, representing Mhow.
Though it is a tennis ball tournament, it still took some hitting from the constable who made 170 runs with 23 sixes.
The carnage started from the first ball of the 12th over, when Nitesh hit a six over the cover boundary. The next four balls also disappeared for towering sixes.
Like any good and concerned captain, ASP Mhow Arvind Tiwari came up to the bowler and advised him to bowl good-length balls. But there was no stopping Nitesh.
The West (one) team led by ASP (west) Devendra Patidar scored 287 runs in 20 overs but the Mhow team could not chase down the stiff target.
The saving grace was that the Mhow team captain took 5 wickets.
“Nitesh is good player and when he was blasting Yadav, ASP Tiwari came and asked Yadav whether he wanted to drop the over,” said a senior official of crime branch.
Arvind Tiwari admitted that he was “little upset after Yadav was thrashed so badly, but what can I do.”
The man who faced the music, the TI of Depalpur, jocularly said that he “will never play cricket and surely never bowl.”
He, however, added that the game went a long way in building goodwill between the police officers and the juniors.
Eight teams are playing in the tournament and the final is slated will Sunday.