I must confess that this has been written in disgust. At the lack of guts and fighting spirit shown by the much hyped “Men In Blue”.
“It’s time for introspection” says Rahul Dravid. The Sansui TV sits in silence in the corner of the room. It wonders what it has in common with India’s captain. The Indian team is gathered in a somber mood in Rahul Dravid’s penthouse apartment in Bangalore’s Silverline Realty . As advertised widely over Radio City, (unfortunately rather prophetically), they are busy putting up nets in the spacious areas for him and his team to practice – for the 2015 World Cup. He will only be 42 then. Being an ace strategist, Rahul is closely studying the map of the world identifying potential threats in the qualifying round( which now has as much terror as the finals) like Chad, Outer Mongolia and Timor Islands.
Greg Chappel is contemplating upon the process- of making money. Dilip Vengsarkar wonders what went wrong. Appointing Sachin as Vice Captain was a masterstroke to put pressure on Dravid. Sachin would be in the happy position of deciding whether he wanted to be captain or not depending on how the team fared. He has been given 4 years to think about it. Till then he munches Sunfeast biscuits from ITC which even school kids are refusing to touch. Every diner in Tendulkars will be given a truck load of Sunfeast biscuits+ 1 ticket for the 2019 World Cup-absolutely free, hoping that he would still be playing till then.
Sehwag is relatively relaxed. Letters addressed to Mayur have been returned undelivered as he is no longer Virendra Mayur Sehwag. Mayur was bright enough to opt for a film toughie a la Mayur Salman Khan versus a cricket softie.
Yuvraj Singh is following up with the State Bank of India for the promised Mercedes. As of now, only 1 tyre has arrived. The possibility of the Merc coming is as high as the possibility of his team beating Bangladesh in the next series ( some guys just don’t realize when they have had enough).
Dhoni applies Brylcreem to cool a thobbing head. It’s become impossible to find the right size of helmet for him. Intial success and ramp walking have made him too swollen headed.
Some one notices that Irfan Pathan is missing. No, he has not been left behind in the Windies. He is being misled by young boys and driving all over the countryside and mountainside using
Indian Oil’s Extra Premium. He and (hopefully IOC too)will realize that he is only a player and not the asli khiladi. He is lucky. By not playing in a single match, thanks to Gillette Vector Plus he has had a close shave.
Agarkar who has played his third World Cup without doing anything, does not want to eat an egg, although prompted to do so by the National Egg Co-ordination Committee. Actually, he doesn’t need to do so. He, Sachin and all the others have it all over their face.
Trucks with Pepsi Cola, Hero Honda bikes, LG & Samsung TVs are parked in neat lots next to Dravid’s Silverline property. No one wants to buy them.
This could go on and on but you get the idea. Recent telecasts indicate that the earnings from endorsements per year were about Rs. 150 crores for Sachin Tendulkar, nearly Rs. 100 crores for Rahul Dravid, Rs. 40-80 crores for Sehwag, Yuvraj and Dhoni.
When will love and pride for the country become stronger than the love for money?
For the sake of cricket in the country, let’s hope sooner rather than later.