We are like this only !

Quite a lot of water has gone by beneath the bridge. Infact, under many bridges of the cricketing world. And i have watched it with feelings ranging from intense anger to complete amusement!

I think it was GB Shaw who wrote about cricket as a sport played by 11 fools and watched by 11 thousand fools. ( am not sure if i got that right, but i can distinctly recall something to that effect being said)

In the list of 11 fools he obviously did not include the umpires, the third umpire, the match referee, the boards, the ICC, the press. So, that number has changed. And of course, the other ‘11,000 fools’ …that in todays terms will be the number all the security men posted at matches !! So, it is much more than a game ( as many of my friends have argued). Yes sir. To GBS, it would be idiocy at its heights !

For some strange reason every time i saw Ponting say ‘we play cricket like this only’ i recalled Quick Gun Murugan belching : We are like this only !!

That started the trail..!

And whenever i saw the crowds burn up effigies of poor Bucknor and Benson, i saw quick gun Murugan gleaming through the effigies and saying “We are like this only”

And when Mike Proctor gave that sentence with aplomb, i saw quick gun Murugan appear in James Bond style and say “We are like this only”

And when Ricky Ponting said ‘My parents have been threatened’, guess what Quick Gun Murugan thinking came to my mind : Yes. We are all like this only !

So, QGM ( Quick Gun Murugan ) kept occupying my thoughts

a. when i read that Sachin Tendulkar sent SOS ( SMS) to Sharad Pawar.
b. when Sharad Pawar said ‘back off’ to ICC
c. when ICC withdrew Bucknor
d. when Malcom Speed said ICC wont be at the mercy of BCCI ( just before packing of Bucknor)
e. When a few million trees were cut and the lively hood of many wild animals & apes ( just being careful. Hopefully, ‘ape’ is not racial slur) destroyed in the making of newsprint made to write about all of this !
f. When all cricket administrators gave interviews to hungry news channels on ‘national patriotism’ (sic)
g. And so on.

The list is endless ! I am not sure where all this is headed. If it is headed anywhere at all !

And i guess this comedy circus will continue for some more time. In the meantime, my motto has been to have some fun at the expense of all of this. No matter what. So, when CVR forwarded this stuff, i thought it was a must share.

New cricketing words that have crept into lexicon.

Ponting: (n) (adj)
A substance or entity or even a person of unquestionable integrity
An act of uncivilised behaviour. [Also, pontingness (n)]


The judge was driven towards justice because he knew that the pontiff was a ponting.
Sir Bonkers said, “Don’t try to bully me. I surely can fathom the pontingness in your eyes”.

: (n) (adj)
1. Temporary blindness leading to missing out on the obvious.
2. To be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

3. Situations leading to grave judgemental errors.

Usage: I feel bucknored by my boss; Life often throws a bucknor at you.

Benson: (n) (adj)
1. Something that legitimises a severe bucknor.
Usage: First they bucknored me and then they bensoned it! I am toast.

Also see bucknor

What to do !

We are like this only !

PS: Hopefully soon all of this will end. And our focus will be on governance, better quality of life, reaching out, greater connectedness, true sportsmanship, environmental protection… I am talking like another of those fools. Aint i ?

What to do. I am like that only !

7 thoughts on “We are like this only !

  1. Nachi says:

    lol! insanely funny…was just talking about GBS and his ‘cricketing’ quotes the other day, and now this!!

    that’s it, i am adding you to my blogroll ASAP!

  2. ela says:

    Hmmm…..looks like every one right now in India is having fun….. so one way or the other cricket and our cricketers seems to entertain us….And u r right, it was GBS who shared his thought’s about cricket…also i love his words about democracy which holds true for our country…

  3. Neelakantan says:

    Welcome back and hope you have a good time in bombay. Thats the city with which I have a long long association 🙂

  4. your last lines cracked me up

    you will continue to be like this only

    they will continue to be like this only

    the world will not continue to be like this!

    someday, we are all going to wake up to a very bad morning.. along the lines of Will Smith in Independence day!


  5. Jeevan says:

    Just keep them away and celebrate our festival for now. Happy Pongal to you and your family buddy 🙂

  6. priya says:


    I am talking like another of those fools. What to do. I am like that only !

    – Accepted as we r humans and do behave little different at times.

  7. Kavi says:

    Nachi: Thanks for stopping by and adding me on. The cricketers and their funny ways are here to stay i guess

    ela: Oh.! GBS was a man of words. Great powerful words !

    Neelakantan: Thanks..! Its a great city with a great connect !

    Sundar: I dont think that day is very far away..!

    Jeevan: Happy Pongal sir !

    Priya: Yes we are absolutely human & indeed behave differently

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