Thursday, August 14, 2008


.....I have found someone as accident prone as Yasho. Read what Cricinfo has to say about the former England wicketkeeper Bruce French who was born on this day (August 13):

" He began by being bitten by a dog in the West Indies, then during a practice session in Pakistan, he was hit on the head by a ball thrown back by a spectator. As he walked across the hospital grounds to have his eyebrow stitched, he was knocked down by a car. When he woke up after the operation, he banged his head on an overhead light. In the circumstances, playing in 16 Tests for England was no mean feat. Bravely for one so cursed by bad luck, one of his hobbies is mountaineering. "

This description blended in perfectly with the only memory I have of Bruce French : In the 1986 Leeds Test, Maninder Singh edged a delivery off Graham Dilley straight to Graham Gooch at first slip. Gooch dropped the ball. Bruce French then dived to his right and scooped the ball back to Gooch inches off the ground. Gooch missed it again, kicked the ball up with his foot and finally made the catch.

And for more about accident prone cricketers, read this.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Rain falling from the sky,
Listening to the heavenly sound of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb on my iPod,
All this while I'm eating a steaming hot Aloo Paratha at my favourite paratha place.

I feel, to quote Richie Benaud, Marvellous!