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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

One Migrant We Won't Mind

Hey, Bangladesh. I keep hearing about how thousands, even lakhs of you keep crossing over into India every day in search for a better life, employment etc. I don't know about the rest of you, but one guy whom we Indians would welcome with open arms is Mohammad Ashraful. After his historic century trounced the Aussies, he followed it up with one of the fastest half centuries in the game against England, eventually getting dismissed short of what would have been the fastest ODI century scored outside Asia. He got 94 off 52 balls.

His mom though is probably still not convinced if he can face bowlers taller than him. Maybe Steve Harmison, Jason Gillespie and Glenn Mcgrath should have a chat with the lady and put her mind at rest.

And anyway, luck is on his side. How else do you explain the ball hitting the stumps off the first delivery he faced yesterday, but not dislodging the bails? Or maybe it was Chris Temlett's bad luck.