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Usain Bolt may have struck gold in the men’s 100m event at the London Olympics, but the ace sprinter was not entirely pleased with the manner in which events unfolded during his 9.63 second gold medal securing sprint.
A big fan of Indian batsman Rohit Sharma, Bolt has been missing Sharma’s brief, ‘blink and miss’ trips to the wicket with the bat throughout India’s tour to Sri Lanka. The ace sprinter was all geared up to watch Rohit bat in the fifth and final ODI, but unfortunately he had his 100m heats scheduled on the same day, and Bolt couldn’t finish soon enough to watch his hero bat despite getting off the blocks at the very instance that Sharma stepped onto the field with the bat.
Bolt, a fan of Sharma since the IPL, said “My coach gave me a signal a minute before the start of the race to say that India’s second wicket had fallen. I knew Rohit would be in next. So I got off the blocks and completed the race faster than anyone else. I rushed to my dressing room immediately only to see Rohit walking back to the pavilion.”
He added in a plaintive tone, “I had missed his earlier four innings’ too in the series. I was in a training session during his first and fourth innings as I hadn’t expected him to be in the team. I was in the toilet during his second innings and in the third I had gone to take a can of beer from the fridge when he walked out, but he was gone before I could get back. It is disappointing when you cannot watch your favourite batsman strike the ball even once in an entire series.” The 100m world-record holder didn’t seem too pleased when our reporter told him that Rohit didn’t quite ‘strike the ball’ throughout the series.
Meanwhile in Sri Lanka, Arun Lal has engaged statisticians to find out if he has set a new world record. On being asked what record he is looking for, the former Indian cricketer said, “I have spent more time on the pitch doing pitch-reports than Rohit Sharma has done batting during the series. I don’t think any pitch-reporter/batsman combination has achieved this if you consider any recognised batsman who has batted in all the matches of a series. Rohit too will get equal credit if this record becomes ours.”
Our in-house statisticians have confirmed that Arun Lal and Rohit Sharma have indeed set a new world record.
(Reported by special correspondent, Nishant Dey Purkayastha)