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They don't like cricket.....................

sunny

Oh no, they love it! More on that later.

Early start again this morning for sunrise at the Taj Mahal. I'm sure this is meant to be a time for peaceful reflection but not with this crowd. Pushing & shoving abound as everyone jostled for prime position. It was not long before I abandoned and went looking for a different angle away from the masses. After sunrise it was back to the Hotel for breakfast then a drive of about 1 hour to the old Mughal fort/palace of Fatephur Sikh.

On the way I spied a dusty paddock with a group of boys playing cricket. I asked the driver to stop so I could join in for 10-15 minutes. It was a magic experience. The kids were so pleased that I wanted to play with them. They were all lined up to bowl at me and those not bowling were all fielding in slips, I think there were at least 10 in slips. Every ball was greeted with hoots of approval especially when I top edged over the slips for four. Then it was my turn to take the ball and again they all lined up to each face one delivery. I am not the best of spin bowlers, my signature ball is the nude doosra (it does nothing). To my shame even on the dust bowl Indian pitches by nude ball failed to turn. I was promptly dispatched for 6 runs to loud roars all round. One kid consoled me by saying that Shane Warne did not bowl well in India either :) It was sad to leave as we were all having a great time.

After Fatephur Sikh we drove onto the Chand Baori step well an old type of Indian water storage system with it's impressive pattern of steps. From there it was onto Jaipur for the night.
Cricket lads

Cricket lads

Taj Mahal sunrise 2

Taj Mahal sunrise 2

Taj Mahal sunrise 1

Taj Mahal sunrise 1

Fatephur Sikh

Fatephur Sikh

Shepard

Shepard

Chand Baori step well

Chand Baori step well

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Posted by adtamo 07:44 Archived in India

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