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With apologies to Kipling, an ode to Harry Forman's debut at 13 vs the Mandarins.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on dodgy pitches,
If you can trust your defence when all men doubt you can stay with Vijay,
But make allowance for their getting out too;
If you can meet with the Triumph of an opening partnership and the Disaster of a middle order collapse
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can wait for the bad ball and not be tired by waiting,
Or your team mates chucking pies about, (don't deal in pies),
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise (you don't want to make the rest of us look too bad).
If you can hear the talk of the crowds close around your bat and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Mandarins - nor lose the common touch to third man,
If neither foes nor loving fathers skippering the oppo can hurt you,
If all men count the runs with you, but none score too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving last wicket
With six runs worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Superstar, my son!
Team: Harry Forman and nine other fellas.
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