|Saturday, September 6, 2003||
ITíS time for the annual awards in heaven and there are two nominees in the Lifetime Achievement in Sport category: Sir Donald Bradman, whom we all know, and Leonhard Euler, whom we all... donít know. There has obviously been a mistake in drafting the list of nominees, but it is now too late for any correction because the list has already been signed by God.
God calls upon Saint Peter and Chitragupta to present the award, but there is such a loud appeal from cricketers in the audience that He has to first ask them: "Whatís you objection?" "Euler does not deserve to be here," say cricketers. God: "I will not permit sledging in Eden Garden." Cricketers: "Nevertheless, we want Euler out." God: "Euler will not go out on his own; you will have to get him out." Cricketers: "Weíll get him out first ball."
Since all cricketers are
with Sir Don, Saint Peter and Chitragupta come out to open for Euler.
Cricketers welcome them with this short-pitched delivery: "Why did
you include Euler in the nominees for this award?" Saint Peter and
Chitragupta do not duck the question. "Why do you all think we
selected Sir Don?" say the openers. Cricketers: "He has been
man of the series a number of times." Saint Peter and Chitragupta:
"Euler has always been called man of the series, and in his case,
the series are infinite."
"Sir Don can find
gaps in any field." "So can Euler." Heavens take the
lead. When Euler comes out to bowl, Sir Don decides to play with the
blind man and takes guard way outside the leg stump. "You are
blind," he calls out to Euler. "Yes, I will have less
distraction," says Euler and nearly dismisses Don on the very first
ball. Don starts desperately looking for something. Euler gives him a
paper. "Whatís this?" says Don. "Your form, you were
looking for it." Don finds that Euler has listed numbers 18530,
65570 and 45986 in the form and asked him to find the fourth number that
will complete his set so that any two added together form a perfect
square. This googly ends his innings and Euler is once again man of the
series. (Find the missing number; write at The Tribune or adityarishi99