I’m not a journalist, a statistician or an athelete. The last time I played the gentleman’s game was with a group of fellow fourth-graders in a parking lot. The ball rolled underneath a pickup truck to allow my partner and I, chasing 37, to run the six we needed to win. My opinions on the game should be viewed accordingly. I write about cricket because I love it, but am not fortunate enough to be living in any of the Test-playing nations (even though I’m from one) and if I keep blathering to the people around me about a sport they have no knowledge of and little interest in, I run the risk of being drugged or hit over the head to make me shut up. It’s just better this way.
‘reina’ is a pseudonym (if you were wondering, as I’m sure you were.) I just got tired of being mistaken for a man, which used to happen online (and elsewhere) with monotonous regularity when I went by my real name, which is unfortunately both unusual and apparently gender-neutral.
I’m Indian, but, being not over-burdened with patriotic sentiment, perhaps on account of having lived my entire life outside the country of my birth, I don’t always support my national side. I also think that too many of my compatriots are far too fanatical, over-reverent and scarily humourless about the game and the players. I understand it, to a point, but I won’t subscribe to it. Especially since the flip side of the mad hero-worship is really, really ugly.
What I don’t know about the game far outweighs what I do, although that ratio gets better every day. (I’ve only been a cricket tragic for a few years, and there’s a lot to learn if you want to pursue it seriously.)
This blog will contain strong language. Sorry about that. But if you’re under age, excessively ladylike, or easily offended, you should really be reading something else anyway, no?
I really don’t expect many people to read this. If you happen to be one of them, thanks for stopping by and giving it a look, I really do appreciate it, and I hope that at the very least, you didn’t find it a waste of your time.