Farokh Engineer played 46 Tests for India between 1961 and 1975 © Getty Images
Farokh Engineer played 46 Tests for India between 1961 and 1975 © Getty Images

Last week, the hoax of Roger Federer being critical after an accident in Spain did rounds and it caused enough shocks worldwide. Former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer suffered from the same fate on Monday when rumours flew on social media about his death. He received numerous calls and messages from all around the world, a number he claims to be “at least 100.” However the good bit is the former cricketer is fit and fine. Perhaps a bit too fit for his age, 78. Through mid-day, he delivered a message, “Friends, I am alive and kicking. I am very well and let me tell you I don’t even need viagra at 78.”

Speaking to the publication, the Manchester-based Engineer revealed, “A friend of mine called, and when he heard my voice, he asked whether it was really me. I responded by saying, ‘no, it’s my ghost you are listening to.” Former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi took to Facebook to defuse the rumours and clarified the news was a hoax. Seeing the funny side of the entire episode and comparing this instance to Federer’s, he added, “At least, I am in good company.”

The report mentions that a circle in Mumbai cricket was ready with obituaries. A friend was supposedly ready with anecdotes from his mischievous childhood. Surprisingly, over two decades back his former teammate Syed Abid Ali was a victim of similar death hoax. With no online media then, an Indian newspaper had gone on to publish an obituary on him. The former all-rounder turned 75 last month.

Strange, why would people want to kill champions and in this case men who played a big role in crafting India’s first-ever win in the English soil in 1971.