Bangalore: If you grow up in India and are fond of reading, it is almost impossible to miss either the pull of cricket or that of Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. And once drawn to either, you are bound to discover the twain that bound them.
On Monday (October 15), PG Wodehouse - Plum to some, simply 'Master' to many - would have turned 131 had he still been alive. If Jeeves, perhaps Wodehouse's most famous character created, had been at hand, he might have pointed out several bits of cricketing trivia about 131. Such as the fact that 131 was the score Virender Sehwag got against Sri Lanka in November 2009, the first time in six years that Sehwag had passed a century and failed to go beyond 150.
You don't need to delve into Jeeves-esque cricketing facts to associate cricket with Wodehouse though. His two most famous characters derived their names from cricketers Wodehouse saw or took the field with.