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There is football, where every second of injury time comes as arrears after 90 minutes of the game, often deciding its result. There is Formula 1, where lap timings are recorded up to three or four hundredths of a second to adjudicate winners, and then there is cricket, where captains and players are handed monetary fines and match bans for taking a few minutes longer to bowl the stipulated overs, result notwithstanding.
The occasion is around six months away, but the task is such that even that long would not prove to be enough. On a humid September afternoon later this year, when India plays New Zealand in its next test, and when Sehwag swishes his incorrigible blade to get out cheaply as he has notoriously done in the past, Rahul Dravid will walk in... not to anchor the first day’s play and compile India’s innings, but to his kitchen to grab a snack he’s just cooked. It will be that moment, when he’ll be smiling, that we’ll be wondering if his replacement would be able to live up to even half of the greatness the haloed spot has witnessed.
While it’s unfair to compare chalk with cheese, one may still want to notice that a cricket tournament featuring teams with the largest following is taking place in the same year as Euro 2012, a similar scenario for football. But unlike its European counterpart, the cricketing version features just four teams, one of which – the host, is not expected to win the title anyway. Does this mean the cricket fans here will not consider it worth their time? It’ll be a folly to even think of betting on that one.