Hobart, Nov.21 : An Indian Australian who watched the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Bellerive Oval here, has claimed that he can shed light on the disappearance of the ball that marked Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist's record-breaking 100th six in Test cricket.
Melbourne resident Anandan Reddy was quoted by news.com.au as saying that he has a photograph of a man who probably ran away with the ball.
Reddy said he watched as children chased the ball after it ran through the outer fence at Bellerive.
"At first I didn't realise it was Gilchrist's 100th six. I saw all the frantic action outside and about two minutes later I saw a man coming back holding a ball. I thought he was an official who was going to throw the ball back on the field. But he disappeared and I didn't see him after that."
Reddy says he hopes the information will help Gilchrist find the ball.
Hobart spectator Gerard Castles, who watched Gilchrist's six sail over his head and roll out of the ground, urged his son Conor and three of his young friends to chase after it.
Castles said the four children, aged 10 to 12, ran after the ball to the gate and then watched while two men retrieved it from under a car.
"One man, dressed in a red top and black trousers, then passed back through the gate and ran with the ball, ignoring pleas from children to let them have it," he said.
Castles said about 20 children chased the man but he outran all, but four - Conor and his friends.
"The four boys told me later that they chased the man around the oval and followed him into a toilet block at the back of the Southern Stand."
Castles said the children then became scared and left when the man "became aggro" and told them to p... off.
A spokesman for Dyson Corporate Security, the company responsible for security during the Test, said one of its staff had seen the man retrieve the ball and re-enter the ground.
"We have no idea who he is," he said.
Gilchrist has said he'd like the ball returned so he can keep it as a memento of his record-setting feat. The reward will be a full-sized bat signed by the star cricketer. (ANI)
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