Vellore: Tongue-cutting has a bizarrely long history in Tamil Nadu. Famously a supporter once sliced his tongue off when AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa won an election.
And now we have another example. Sudhakar of Ponneri in Vellore district, according to a report in the Times of India, sliced out his own tongue in a desperate appeal to the gods to save the Indian cricket team from its fate, once Australia struck up a massive 328 runs against the boys in blue in the Cricket World Cup semi-final.
Neighbours and family members later rushed the boy to the hospital after hearing his shrieks.
Sadly, or perhaps inevitably, Dhoni's men nevertheless still lost to Australia by 95 runs, getting knocked out the tournament. Sudhakar's condition is said to be stable.