My relationship with cricket has been rather strange, despite living in a cricket mad corner of a cricket mad nation,i do not recollect reading or watching cricket before the 2003 world cup, after that i became cricket's creepy friend who sticks to you all the time, thankfully cricket does not seem to mind.
The catalyst of this surprising change is john davison, canada's top scorer and wicket taker,his century of 67 balls was so statistically improbable that i was surprised that he scored it at all.
that tournament with all its flaws and mugabe changed my life profoundly, after years in the wilderness, i saw the light and after that i became a hardcore cricket fanatic.
It did not matter which match in which format or even who was playing that mattered, any cricket , as far as i was concerned, was good cricket.
Another reason i liked cricket was its use of numbers, (i am a numbers freak,it painfully shows), which brings me to the point where i would spend hours(not kidding) glancing at scorecards and records,playing with those numbers in my head, and gathering obscure records like the highest ODI score without a boundary(96,Adam Parore vs India), most wickets without any 5 wicket hauls(Mike Hendricks,87).
I am also a trivia freak, and no tidbit of information is too useless for my liking, and cricket ,being the game that it is, allows me to find worthless pieces of information that is no use to anyone.
Here are some random facts about my cricket addiction.-
1. I added the Benjamin Aislabie article on wikipedia.
2. I disorient my friends by rapidly uttering Chaminda Vaas's full name.
3. I woke up at 5 in the morning to watch Justin Langer's final innings
4. I learnt the value of patience when Mark Richardsons 267 ball 93 was followed by Chris Cairns 47 ball 82.