It all started so innocuously. Sam landed in Delhi and caught up with Jonathan, Max and me (David) in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. It’s a very nice city. That’s not intended to be damning with faint praise. It really is a very nice city. Much calmer and more orderly, and cleaner, than most other cities we have visited. Maybe that’s another way of saying it doesn’t have the same vibrancy and intensity that makes us keep coming back to India.
Anyway, the four of us were walking along the river from one area of interest to another. The walk was long and I was wearing lousy shoes that made my feet and legs ache, so we headed over to a grassy knoll to rest for a while. It was all very innocuous.
But then we discovered a sandlot cricket game underway on the backside of the knoll, and a couple of the kids strolled over to join us as we watched the game. I don’t remember whether it was one of us, or one of the kids, who invited Sam to try his luck at bat. He laughed at the suggestion and I thought I glimpsed a bit of the “deer in the headlights” look. But the crowd liked the idea and Sam had to surrender to his fans’ demands. The rest is history, recorded in the attached link. The reaction of the bowler (cricket language that means the pitcher) at the end of the video says it all.