Friday, May 13, 2005

He waits and waits and waits

Steady now, absolutely still. His eyes glance about before settling on a man charging at him. The man stops abruptly and moves his arm all funny, as if throwing a round-house wallop from ten meters away. The steady man raises his arm as his eyes leave the charger. There is no time. Instinct takes less time than thought, so he gives in to it. What does he do? He responds to the thrown punch by stepping back slightly and curling his body as his arms pull back like a trigger. And then the self-created tension uncoils at the speed of instinct. Arms rush forward while he twists his waist balances on the toes of one leg with the digits of the other barely kissing the ground. Then he waits and waits and waits. Steadily, absolutely still, before granting himself a single nod of approval.

Watching a Tendulkar six over midwicket was theatre.

5 comments:

Teegee said...

wow. there's a WORLD out there...

Suhail said...

Abzoluteliii superduper. Are there any fan-clubs ?

Rahul said...

I don't know. Perhaps if fans stop going crazy over him for a moment they could organise themselves into a fanclub.

Calvin's looking decidedly cool.

Suhail said...

err..Hazrat, I was speaking about your fan-clubs!! My bad. (My earlier comment was too short, eh ?) That day, I was strolling on the green lawns here, and I was just blown over by your writings. Speechless.

Btw, you make an imp. pt. In India we hardly have fan-clubs of even such popular icons. The only one nationally known is Rajni fanclubs. With so much money going in cricket, it's surprising no one has thought of milking this idea. There is a big opportunity out there. An idea awaiting it's turn in the sun.

Jabberwock said...

Bigger question is, are there any real Tendliya fans left? From where I'm standing it seems not. Hope I'm wrong.

Thanks for a very nice description of those few cherished seconds.