If you’re feeling like a social outcast these days because you don’t eat, breathe, walk and talk cricket, take heart! There are quite a few of your ilk around, except that newspapers, news channels and advertisers aren’t thinking about you in these times of World Cup 2007 and I can’t blame you for feeling like you’re suddenly a space alien at whom all this cricket jargon is being hurled. Whether you’re at home or office, parties or meetings, why is a simple bat and ball game the topic of all this discussion?
I mean, how are you supposed to know that ‘silly point’ isn’t just what you say to somebody who’s trying to make a silly point, that ‘gully’ isn’t the narrow bylane where your car invariably gets stuck in, that ‘duck’ isn’t simply the bird that children love making out of the number 2, that a ‘delivery’ isn’t used only to refer to childbirth, that ‘economy rate’ isn’t what the Fin Min talks about and that ‘no ball’ is not a physiological disorder that some men would get nightmares of! Really, these are just words that could mean anything, but for the cricket fanatics they do mean only one thing, i.e., how they are used in cricket terminology.
With more nations making their debut in the cricket World Cup like Canada and Bermuda, chances are that the cricket fanatics of the world will join hands to eliminate anyone who’s not of their species. What do you know, the US might be the next to join the league of cricketing nations! But I assure you, things will return to normalcy post 4/28, the day when the World Cup final is played. So till then, hang on there and remember, all this brouhaha over cricket could very well be a silly point!