Shantakumaran Sreesanthâ ¦ World Mental Health Day © AFP
Shantakumaran Sreesanthâ ¦ World Mental Health Day © AFP


By Rahul Namjoshi


June 19, 2011 was a day of celebrations, literally. For most of the world it was Father’s Day, for those lucky farmers in UP, it was Kisan Adhikar Divas(Farmers’ Rights Day) as it also happened to be the birthday of one Rahul Gandhi.


The problem that one has for most of these days is that they end up being just that. One day to show one’s love and respect to the parents, farmers etc. For the remaining 364 days it’s business as usual.


With cricket producing so many characters, one believes that the cricketing world, too, should have these days on the birthdays of their favourite cricketers.


A few do spring to the mind


Shantakumaran Sreesanth – World Mental Health Day


Ricky Ponting –  International Tolerance Day


Munaf Patel – Safe Driving Day (Speed thrills but kills, so reduce your speed, mate!)


Darrell Hair – Celebrate Baldness Day (Sometimes hair loss is good for everyone concerned)


Simon Katich – Senior Citizens’ Day


Shane Warne –  International Women’s Day


Greg Chappell – International Youth Day


Mohammed Amir – International Anti-Corruption Day


Mohd Asif – International Day Against Drug Abuse


Shahid Afridi – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression


Lalit Modi – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (at least of  cricketers)


Steve Bucknor – International Day of Disabled Persons


Ramesh Powar – World Food Day


There obviously can be many more. Most of these days are actually celebrated while a few have been invented by oneself. But none can be as apt as Harbhajan Singh’s Birthday; it shall be called Mother’s Sister’s Day!


(Rahul Namjoshi, an utter failure as an MBA, has no published novel to boast of and hence trying the next best thing – blogging. There, too, the results there aren’t too encouraging. Rahul pens his thoughts on the game in a blog called “Not Cricket”)