High excitement preceded my first visit to the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. Having spent many a childhood winter evening with a dog-eared copy of ‘The Art of Fast Bowling’, I was bounding about expectantly at finally getting to meet Dennis Lillee, a great fast bowler and as close to being a childhood idol as anybody else.
Lillee, in conjunction with Jeff Thomson - or even without, was a ball of energy on the field. He returned from debilitating stress fractures of the back to rule batsmen the world over, and kept the dailies happy with his entertaining dalliances with an aluminum bat, betting and – most infamously – one Javed Miandad.
My counterparts from other newspapers on that blazing Chennai afternoon shared very little of my enthusiasm. Lillee’s visit was – as I would find out in due course – one of his three annual appearances at the MCC High School (where the Foundation is housed) and a triple fixture in every cricket hack’s diary for eons.
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