Sometimes in life, you are up against forces far beyond your power. You know, it is known, that you are going to be vanquished eventually. You try your damnedest, everything, but eventually you are up against a wall, so to speak. You end up being utterly vanquished. It is simply beyond you. The resistance is finite before it gets smashed.

Ramachandra Guha writes movingly of the off spin bowler from Kerala, Bhaskaran Ramprakash’s futlie battle against Karnataka.

Out in the middle a terrific battle was on. The two chief protagonists were the bespectacled off-spinner B. Ramprakash and the local left-handed all-rounder K. Jeshwant. “Jeshu” would place a large leg down the pitch and hit away against the spin over mid-on and mid-wicket. But Ramprakash got rid of others in the middle order, including the up-and-coming youngster Rahul Dravid. Karnataka were 120 for five, 140 for six, 190 for seven. Jeshwant skilfully farmed the strike, pounding huge boundaries in between. Dodda Ganesh and then David Johnson edged a single here and there. Eventually Jeshu got 100, and Karnataka won by two wickets. B. Ramprakash had bowled unchanged since the morning, taking six for 80 in about 40 overs. At the end, as the other players went off, he stood in a daze on the pitch, mutely acknowledging the “well bowled” from the fans who had strolled onto the middle.

For about two years, I went to the net sessions of MAC Spin foundation led by the great leg break bowler VV Kumar. It was my good fortune to play with some of the leading players of Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Kerala. I saw the likes of Sritharan Sriram, Sadagopan Ramesh, S Mahesh, B Ramprakash amongst others. Reading this Guha piece, I can almost imagine him at the centre of the wicket, standing in a daze after his bowling feats.

Here is the scorecard from that game for the really crazy cricket fan.

A fine example of this sentiment is this picture of Sachin walking back after his futile century at the MCG with seagulls for company.

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