Ravichandran Ashwin (above) was smashed for two consecutive sixes in the last over by Shahid Afridi © Getty Images
Ravichandran Ashwin (above) was smashed for consecutive sixes in the last over by Shahid Afridi © Getty Images

 

By Karthik Laxman

 

Please note this is a humour article – work of pure fiction

 

It was so near yet so far for team India. With six balls to go and 10 runs to get, and with the last man Junaid Khan on strike, victory was within grasp. Fate, it seemed, had other plans, as did Ravichandran Ashwin, who conceded sixes off consecutive balls, and brought the match to an abrupt end, cuing a sudden affection for hockey among millions of Indians and instant disillusionment with cricket and carrom. The UnReal Times correspondent Mark Zuckerpandian brings you a snapshot of some conversations on Facebook hours after the match:

 

(Karthik Laxman, with CS Krishna, is the co-founder of www.theunrealtimes.com, where this article was originally published. The Unreal Times is India’s favourite satire, spoof, parody and humour portal where Krishna and Karthik jointly write under the pseudonym of UnReal Mama)