On bowling to Chris Gayle

–Isai

I am not even in this game
In fact not even a spectator
I’ve been dragged into the ground
Being forced to bowl.

In front of me stands Chris Gayle
My captain runs towards me
Wanting me to make the ball spin left
And then right
I just stood there staring at his face.
He ran back to his position

In front of me stands Chris Gayle
His lock of hair symbolic of Lord Rudra *
Hey Sudalaiyappa !
Hit this ball up in the sky
Hit it all the way to the sky
In such a way, it never returns

*******

* Lord Shiva

*******

Translated by Karthik from the Tamil poem, ‘Chris Gaylukku Pandhu Veesudhal’ by Isai

 

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