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Fanning the Spirit of Cricket: Mahi lights the way


Mahendra Singh Dhoni at Adelaide Oval

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.

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Rahul Dravid: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid

What he said:

“In days of my backyard cricket, I was either a Gavaskar or a Vishwanath.”

Rahul Dravid is justifiably proud of equalling Sunny Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test centuries in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

What he really meant:

“Those were my childhood heroes. Neither kept wickets though. (Or did they?)”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’m unsure what to do next: Commentate or select (the Indian squad).”

Sreesanth: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Sreesanth at Adelaide Oval

What he said:

“Silence is the speech of the spiritual seeker. I am spiritual now.”

Shantakumara Sreesanth attributes his serene behaviour in the second Test at Trent Bridge to his newly discovered spirituality.

What he really meant:

“Sreesanth, the Peaceable, trumped Sreesanth, the Terrible.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’m the new Dalai Lama.”

 

Stuart Law: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Ian Bell preparing for the 4th Ashes test 2005...

What he said:

“It was another great innings today. He’s a pain in the backside, to be honest.”

Sri Lankan coach, Stuart Law, minces no words in his assessment of Ian Bell’s contribution to his side’s travails in the Test series against England.

What he really meant:

“Bell has been the backbone of this English side—to our detriment.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’ve ordered extra padding in our players’ trouser seats. And loads of Zandu balm.”

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