If the Spirit of Cricket were a kite, then we all know who should be holding the strings, sending it soaring into the stratosphere.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni made Indians (and connoisseurs of the game) proud with his decision to rescind the contentious appeal made against Ian Bell at the break of tea on the third day of the third Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday, the 31st of July, 2011.
The contrast between the two sides was not more readily apparent than last evening.
One side has gone to town with allegations about ‘bat-fixing’ with Vaseline to fox ‘Hot-Spot’, the other exhibited that the spirit of the game was more important than winning at all costs.
What he said:
"It’s not to do with just being overweight, it’s the reluctance to buy into the discipline of it that was his downfall."
Graeme Swann is less than enthusiastic about Samit Patel’s return to the English squad. The off-spinner believes that the unwillingness to control his weight pointed to disciplinary issues which earned the all-rounder his teammates’ approbation.
What he really meant:
“If you can’t keep off the food and keep off the kilos, mate, get off the gravy train.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“I’m a huge Ramesh Powar fan.”
What will Chris Gayle do? What can he do?
The West Indian bat is not forgiven by the West Indian Cricket Board (WICB).
“It’s our way or the highway” was the message to the Jamaican all-rounder in the latest meet between representatives of the WICB and the West Indian Players Association (WIPA) called to resolve the differences between Chris Gayle and WICB.
The aggrieved board insists that Gayle retract his statements,critical of the board’s functioning specifically about mishandling his injury and his turning out for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
In an exciting new discovery, Ramakant Achrekar has pronounced Liz Hurley’s son, Damian to be the next Sachin Tendulkar.
Ramakant Achrekar was Sachin Tendulkar’s childhood mentor.
Achrekar said, “I have not seen such talent in a young lad since Sachin.”
Liz Hurley is thrilled and credits current boyfriend, Shane Warne, for shaping her young son’s destiny.