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The Cricket Ground ‘MATCH.’

by Himani Pande
(Rudrapur, India)


It was a single road and a specific mile-marker to the wrought iron gates of an automobile factory that offered wider pathways, leading to the marriage of Mr. Varun Tyagi of Gannaur to Ms. Anita Gautam of Hapur. His first memory of her is that of Ms. Batsman, striking away with grip and fluid motion, bringing alive the region’s lore with her rush of power and leading scores.


Mr. Tyagi freshly out of BSN Engineering College Nagpur, was newly placed in 1995 as a Project Engineer in Panchkula’s (Chandigarh) NTC Society. On that particular day he was in Hapur, having managed a single day’s leave to go ‘bride -hunting.’ He turned up at two addresses but things didn’t quite click.

Planning to visit his friend in an automobile factory, he headed in destiny’s direction. Just shy of one kilometer to the destination, his car came to a whirring halt in a field of grey rocks, yellowed moss and a profusion of tiny white flowers. ‘Kam Pee Iraq ka Paani Meri Rani’ he mumbled to himself seeing low fuel levels. Next, he was ‘thunderstruck’ by what the ‘field of disrepair’ had to offer. ‘She was lending character to the bat.’ This lady named Anita reminded him of Sachin playing to surpass Brian Lara’s record in Test Cricket. Several youngsters were campaigning applause. Running a slide show in his mind, Mr. Tyagi stretched his imagination to something bigger in the 5 p.m. smell of the field against a crashing stream. Dressed sharp as a whistle, he made polite enquiries about her family. The cricket match led to their happy match.

Today Sanchi the daughter and Shivaansh the son join in the joy jamboree cricket moments. The Tyagis seem to be inspired by Puck the naughty lute playing, peaked eared fairy, carrying a mischievous spark, celebrating life in devious ways especially in the cricket season. On the day of the ICC Champion’s Trophy, Shivaansh was to be picked up from his swimming class. Mr. Tyagi while busy in office, failed to take Mrs. Tyagi’s calls. Mrs. Tyagi finally drove herself to get Shivaansh home. Meanwhile the maid turned up and left, happy to find the house locked. For the third time Mrs. Tyagi had missed out on the maid, thanks to her husband’s ‘slip of time.’ She sent a Watsapp text (in cahoots with her kids) informing the ‘mohalla’ children that their uncle was organizing a cricket dinner party. What do kids need for a cocktail of happiness? Food, friends and Thums Up and a feuding India Pak Match on tricolor painted faces and hand- made flags!

Fortunately Mr. Tyagi’s purse went to sponsor a much celebrated India’s victory, in Pakistan’s crushing 124 run loss, played with jangling nerves. The ‘prawn sandwich brigade’ enjoyed in the packed Birmingham stadium while uncle and aunt Tyagi enjoyed the desi food court home delivery order with children.

Cricket World Cup 2011 was a cliffhanger. India blew the competition out of the water. In the One Day International played between India and Sri Lanka Mrs. Tyagi was chanting Hanuman Chalisa rapidly, as MS Dhoni and Gambhir were involved in a partnership of 109 at Wankhade Stadium. Things were tense with Gambhir being dismissed for 97 runs in the 42nd over.

Diluting the tension Mr. Tyagi pressed Jim Jam Biscuits with red toothpaste filling and offered them to his wife. Lovingly he extended her a ‘hand beaten coffee’ mug, frothing golden on top. He even prepared sweets of mud cakes covered in coconut powder, using shreds of green peas as pistachios. Mrs. Tyagi had the biscuits but sensed his practical joke about the mud sweets.

What a sporty bonding! They thrill in placing their bets. The outcome of matches occasionally decides the price range of the sarees to be gifted to her, the weekend getaways he would like and much more. She is his cat’s mew but teases him by wearing a T Shirt lettered ‘SACHIN PREFERRED.’ He’s once played along by making her change posture, adjust her hair and smile as broadly as the ‘Laughing Buddha’ only after a couple of clicks to announce that there was no reel loaded in the camera.

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Jun 26, 2017
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The Cricket Ground Match
by: Rakesh Bora

Excellent. Interesting read. Well written.

Jun 24, 2017
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Really good
by: pooja punia

Very nice story Maam,

Jun 21, 2017
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The cricket ground 'match' - a fantastic literary work
by: Anuradha Singh

The write up is really a fabulous expression which reveals the truth that the simple good gestures shared by people around us , can make us feel like the stars in the sky. Just as salt in food are these acts, adding taste to life. Your style of writing - I have no words to say. I have always been a fan of yours. Life is definitely a match. It is how fine we play. Thanks for the inspiration . All the best.

Jun 21, 2017
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A mesmerising story:an interesting cricket match.
by: SHAISTA:

It's a very mesmerising story penned by Himani ma'am.I had read many other stories of hers,they are also very interesting.

Jun 20, 2017
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The Cricket Ground match
by: Kush Gupta

Absolutely beautiful piece of writing.
Kudos for portraying it so nicely. Ma'am you have penned down such a beautiful story. Keep rocking \m/

Jun 20, 2017
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Amazingly interesting short story
by: Simran Agrawal

What can be better than a great story with a fanciful but real title ..like this one!!

Jun 20, 2017
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The Cricket Groung "Match"- An Amazing story
by: Soni

A mesmerizing story written Himani Ma'am. I do usually read whatever story you write. Your stories are truly amazing.The way the storyb is written is truly an art work. I always wish to read more and more stories written by you...

Jun 20, 2017
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A match where everyone wins
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One says that matches are made in heaven . But the lucidity of your writing has made me view the earthy matches too , in which both sides come out as winnerst . The small things in life enjoyed by this matched couple has shown how one's life is enriched by these cute gestures . It's a wonderfully written article . Waiting to read many more from you .
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Jun 19, 2017
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Excellent
by: Your Name:Sadhna

Himani Ji...What a beautiful art of expression.. After reading the story, I must say..everyone would love to play such beautiful innings... The creativity you have in your writing is truly appreciable... I just loved it... Keep writing more n more for your reades.. Waiting anxiously for the next one...

Jun 19, 2017
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Thank you
by: Anita Tyagi

Thank you so much for this beautiful writeup. It is just so mesmerizing. I am deeply touched. Thanks a lot.L

Jun 19, 2017
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Such match fixings are great
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Such a sweet story ,Himani literally words seems to flow effortlessly from your pen describing the scenes,i literally I was there as a witness to this sthe events.

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