Mannar Devendra Kumar
Genre: Fiction or Novels, Pages: 175, Binding: Paperback, ISBN: 978-93-84333-41-6
Shefali asked, ‘Beepu can you explain something about the game to me? I am not too familiar with the fielding positions.’
Acting the hero, Beepu began, ‘you see the fielders are positioned at short leg and fine leg. There is a position at long leg also, but nobody is there and there is one fielding at square leg.’
Shefali smiled and asked, ‘So many legs? Are you joking? Is this a fashion parade or what?
‘Yes,’ said Beepu laughing. ‘Because you can also see some slips also! There is a first slip, a second slip and a third slip!’
‘Wow,’ said Shefali, ‘this game has got to do something with fashion!’
(For those uninitiated into the range of women’s inner wear, a slip is a half petticoat worn inside).
‘Of course,’ said Beepu. ‘You see there are covers also. You have sweeper cover and cover point.’
‘See I told you,’ replied Shefali. ‘This has to do something with fashion! May be the guy who invented the game was a dress maker or a fashion guru as we call them now!’
‘Beepu,’ asked Shefali, ‘why is the batsman scratching the ground with his bat? And what is he asking the umpire?’
‘Oh, he is taking guard and he is asking for one leg,’ replied Beepu, acting the expert.
‘What?’ asked a startled Shefali. ‘There seem to be legs all over the place! This game is very sexist!’
‘No, no,’ said Beepu. ‘He is asking for the position of the leg stump.’
‘Oh! Great!’ said Shefali. ‘You need not explain it to me anymore. All male chauvinists!’