Puzzling over cricket on a lazy sunday afternoon .....
By Sivakumar Thyagarajan-Oracle on Feb 27, 2006
|Who doesn't love puzzles ... and especially on a lazy sunday afternoon?|
Yesterday afternoon, I was thumbing "The Worst of MindSport", a collection of puzzles run by Mukul Sharma in his "MindSport" column. FWIW, "MindSport" was a famous weekly column in "Illustrate Weekly of India" and now-a-days it features in "Times of India". It was said that there were a section of folks who bought the newspaper just for his column, just like there is a group who get the ToI for RK Laxman's daily cartoon column.
Anyway found two interesting puzzles from the book, worth sharing here ...
1. Did you know what is common among all the US presidents after George Washington ?
Nyy gurve ynfg anzrf unir ngyrnfg bar yrggre va gur frg 'Jnfuvatgba'
Is this why Kerry couldn't make it last time?
The problem goes like this: It is the last ball, last wicket in a match and the batting side needs a run to win the game. So the batsmen hits a beautiful shot and one could easily run 3 runs with that stroke. However the batsman is injured (broke his leg -- hypothetical, remember!) making the shot and can't run (no runner for him..).
So he calls his non-striker team-mate to start the run. The batsman gets out of his crease for a few inches and the non-striker completes his run. He asks the non-striker to go for another run and the batsman gets back into his crease. He argues that the first run was a "short" run and the second one was a valid run since he returned "back" to his crease. Do they win the match or not?
Apparently Mukul Sharma met Dom Moraes [apparently was an avid cricket fan] once and posed him this and he apparently held that this was not a run for various reasons. The author doesn't go on to explain the rules of the game that explain either way.
However readers of this space, this is where you come :). Could you help me out? Use the comments section to point to me some arcane MCC rule, show me some old Ashes/subcontinental precedent .. help me solve this problem.