Dr. D's column: When ICC's tweet about Dhoni left Yoko Ono stumped
The International Cricket Council had a priceless response to Ono's tweet.
Dear Dr D,
I am often called The Fifth Beatle. It is true that haters also refer to me in stories headlined ‘How Yoko Ono ruined the Beatles’ but even here my influence is apparent. I can inject great difference and meaning even into something as developed and beloved as The Fab Four. I am no stranger to wisdom. But even I was totally floored by something outstanding.
I tweeted this the other day (to spread joy and love in the world): ‘Give us some advice that will make our lives heal and shine.’
Give us some advice that will make our lives heal and shine.— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) 1549039720000
I got a lot of great responses but this one was priceless: ‘Never leave your crease with MS Dhoni behind the stumps! ’ from someone named ICC. This got the most likes and retweets and rightly so, because it is so profound. I just wanted to share it with your readers in India.
Never leave your crease with MS Dhoni behind the stumps! https://t.co/RoUp4iMpX6— ICC (@ICC) 1549202923000
First: what is this crease? It is a reference to the ridges, grooves and folds that we face in life. ‘Never leave’ means ‘always remain’. The world is not a perfect place. Accept it!
There there is Ms Dhoni. Who is Ms Dhoni? I think she is a fictional person; she is all of us and none of us! And last, the stumps. What is ‘behind the stumps’ ? They are the trees that we are destroying. We are leaving only stumps behind.
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How wonderful. Thank you ICC. Thank you. Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om.
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You have it absolutely right. There is a second meaning also, but it is impossible to explain cricket to the uninitiated. It must be experienced, just like life.
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