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Cricket Ganesha bats, bowls and fields for Team India

March 14, 2007

Om Boundary marne wala-ya namah
Om Sixer marne wala-ya namah
Om All rounder-aayah namah
Om Wicket lene waal-ya namah
Om Wicket keep karne wala-ya namah

If someone were to recite such mantras while doing his morning puja, for sure he would be called crazy. But there is a man in Chennai who recites 108 such slokas. Yes, he is a crazy fan of cricket. Old readers of would remember him, K R Ramakrishnan (in the picture), a resident of Anna Nagar in Chennai.

Let us have a replay of what had happened six years ago. It was March 11, 2001. The second Test match between India and Australia was going on at Kolkata. India was in a very bad situation. It so happened that Ramakrishnan had installed a statue of Lord Ganesha in an obscure corner of his apartment complex. He went down and prayed to Ganesha, 'If you are really powerful, let India win the match.' Soon after that, Harbhajan Singh took a hat-trick. Though India was asked to follow on, it made a huge total of more than 600 runs. Laxman made 281, and Rahul Dravid scored 180. Harbhajan took 13 wickets in the match and India won the Test match!

That was the beginning. Ramakrishnan tested the power of Lord Ganesha in the Madras Test also. And, India won that test too. After India won the Test series, he decided to call his idol Cricket Ganesha.

Needless to say, Cricket Ganesha soon became a favourite among all the kids in the neighbourhood.

Photographs: Sreeram Selvaraj | Text: Shobha Warrier in Chennai

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