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You're welcome: Five excuses guaranteed to let you watch the India-Australia match at home

Ok, so we Indians have had a good run at the World Cup so far. No we're not talking about the fact that Team India has gone unbeaten in the tournament, but the fact that every India match has been on a weekend. Thank the gods you were born in a country where millions of people follow cricket more religiously than well... religion, raking in the big TV bucks.

But unfortunately, for the final to be on a weekend, it follows that the semi-finals have to be on weekdays. And while surreptitious mobile updates are fine, nothing can quite beat the experience of watching a match on tv in the comfort of your home, cheering wildly when Kohli gets going and cursing a blue storm when he gets out.

A survey by ESPN Cricinfo has already said that up to 65 percent of people have said that they are willing to skip work to watch the match, but most will unimaginatively call in sick. We give you five much more creative excuses, guaranteed to get you your day off:

1. Like PM Modi I believe in 'nation first'

Nation first, automatically means that work must wait. And how can you refuse the Prime Minister of the nation?

 Youre welcome: Five excuses guaranteed to let you watch the India-Australia match at home


2. Fiance broke up with me over ignoring her for cricket matches

Bring some tears into the equation and explain how you have to win her back because she's way out of your league.

Then sneak in "Speaking of league, may I be excused from coming to work today?"

Far fetched yes, but it's creative enough to work!

Bangladesh's Imrul Kayes lies on the ground after he was run out. AP


 3. MS Dhoni is my brother from another mother and I need to support him

The nation consists of your brothers and sisters and Dhoni is one of them. And family always comes first.

File picture of MS Dhoni. Reuters


4. Watching the match has been made compulsory through a state government notification

Here's a sample you can use to convince your boss of its authenticity. Test your boss's current affairs, and knowledge of the state's regional language. Print a letter preferably in regional script and claim its a mandatory notification that says all offices need to be shut. If you're lucky, you may be able to get the entire office an off on Thursday.

Afghan fans watch the live broadcast of the Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh, at a restaurant in Kabul


5. My father is a heart patient and will be watching the match

You have to be at home to keep check on your father. After the New Zealand-South Africa thriller, its best to take no chances given this one could be closer.


Before the New Zealand versus South Africa semi final, Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum wrote a tongue-in-cheek 'excuse' letter, that employees across the country could give their bosses, where he invited everyone to miss work and come cheer on the black caps instead. The letter asked concerned authorities to excuse the employee from work that day, reassuring them that he/she would be working towards helping the team get motivated. "Rest assured they will be putting in the hard yards at Eden Park, helping us get over the line against South Africa,"it read.

So if you're not really down with the excuses we have given you, and would like to go the McCullum route instead, we've come up with a hypothetical letter written by Dhoni to be used as an excuse for leave for those working on Thursday.

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Updated Date: Mar 25, 2015 18:30:53 IST