Misbah ul Haq © Getty Images
Misbah ul Haq is known for being excruciatingly slow in scoring runs © Getty Images

 

By The Flying Freak

 

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

 

Rahim Akmal, a 37-year-old businessman is in critical condition after he suffered a massive heart-attack at Faisalabad on Wednesday.  Doctors though managed to revive him with timely treatment. Rahim, just after regaining conscious, revealed that he had dreamt of Misbah scoring a 37-ball hundred which left him shaken and eventually caused the heart attack.

 

While he struggled to speak, Fatima, Rahim’s wife explained more about the situation, “My husband is an ardent Misbah fan. He passionately watches all his crawling innings. He remembers all the statistics of Misbah’s excruciatingly slow innings. On Wednesday he was extremely delighted to see Misbah dragging himself to 5 off 45 balls. But as fate had in store, Rahim became a victim of a dream, over which he had absolutely no control over.” Fatima added that her husband even plays similar boring innings using Misbah on his computer game.”

 

Rahim had collapsed from his bed the moment he saw Misbah getting to his fantasy ton with a six. The fact that Misbah is yet to score a century in limited overs only compounded the pain.

 

Doctors fear that Rahim might not be able to survive one more of such fatal dream. As weird as the cause of attack is, the treatment too is equally complex. “Once he is discharged from hospital, we’ve requested the family members to show him reruns of all Misbah innings where he is awfully slow,” said Dr. Hamid-up-Haq, who treated Rahim. “If the recovery takes too long, then we might even increase the dosage by adding Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Tavare and Geoff Allott to his highlights package,” he added.

 

Misbah, who is leading the team in Tests in Sri Lanka, was dejected when he heard about the plight of his fan. It is said that, Misbah sent a hand-written letter to Rahim wishing his speedy recovery and vowed never to cross the 50 mark in strike rate in any form of the game.

 

(The Flying Freak eats, lives, drinks cricket, but likes to mix up the sport with everything. An aspiring vocalist, he is aiming to win the Ghanta Awards soon.)