Thursday, 20 November 2008

Ind vs Eng ODI Live Update from Kanpur

0827: Welcome to WNWSACWR (What Neo Won't Show and Cricinfo Won't Report). Waking up groggy at ungodly hours and making your way through a maze of security is never easy. Some people still retain their zeal-- like Ravi Shastri out there, trying to flirt with the Neo babe, the neonate in cricket broadcasting.

0837: The guy (I mean Guy the Gorrilla) who wanted to sent his mom-in-law to Pakistan is out there. Sir Ian Terence Botham, OBE, just had a brief discussion with Kevin Peter Pietersen, MBE, in the middle. Beefy looks in good shape but you can't say the same about England. I reckon KP was trying to woo him out of retirement. Considering the shellacking Broad & Co received in Indore and Rajkot, it can't get worse.

0844: Talking about in-laws, a certain Sunny Gavaskar was denied entry in the team hotel last night. Sunny's wife hails from Kanpur and he is certainly not the first son-in-law to get such cold treatment from his sasural. Also saw Sunny Sir admiring a new hat but there was time when he was wearing quite a few of them.

0900: Laxmanshivaramkrishnan, Gavaskar and David Lloyd stand together facing the camera. Looks like a fairness cream commercial that improves your complexion in three stages.

0909: Shastri and Rajiv Shukla bridge the gap between their statures and engage in a neck-spraining discussion. One has grown vertically and the other just expanded horizontally. I guess Shukla was seeking an explanation from Shastri on Raj Thackeray's drive against the north Indians.

0915: Surrounded by Shastri, Gavaskar, Botham, Shiva and a few of his former peers, Krish Srikkanth takes a nostalgic tour down memory lane and enthusiastically shadow-practises shots before proceeding to study the pitch, something he was never accused of doing in his playing days.

0929: Men in Blue around me. Actually UPCA had freshly painted the chairs in the press box and the Sun reporter just discovered to his horror that the paint has tainted his cream colour troussers. A colleague of him takes a snap of the tainted bottom and I expect colourful copies in the British press tomorrow. Meanwhile, it leads to a strange spectacle in the press box where guys ask each other to have a look at their bums. They may be fierce professional rivals but you have to appreciate their 'Dostana'.

1141: In the press box, Angus Fraser isn't amused with the paint on his troussers, shaking head in disgust and mumbling the unprintables. He wears specs and the glasses are really thick and powerful. If he wants, he can take one off here and burn a hole in Russell Tiffen's troussers out there in the middle.

1211: Flintoff fell to Yusuf Pathan and another Great Indian Huddle. I was always intrigued what they discuss in the huddle? Should be their unparliamentary emotions which they otherwise can't express in front of the umpires or near the stump microphones.

1239: Bopara back, Samit Patel and Owais Shah waging grim battle and Monty Panesar is being missed. Can we have a true blue English team, please?

1529: India trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Complacency? Boredom? spiked drink? voodoo? Curse of Punter?

22 comments:

Straight Point said...

hahaha that fairness thing was soopher...

som, i noticed that after the toss (when dhoni was being interviewed) KP had some discussion with one sardarji...any guess what he was upto?

Som said...

SP, KP was telling him he can play for England in day time and drive a cab in the night in London.

Straight Point said...

in place of monty they forgot to pack with them?

Som said...

SP, like we can't really distinguish the Chinese, maybe the Poms don't differentiate between different turbans and beards.

Anonymous said...

Hey Som... the Dostana and the fairness cream commercial stint was really nice....cheers

Som said...

Anonymous, thanks and great that you liked it.

Straight Point said...

i think they are planning to write a book on it...

Som said...

SP, they made quite a heavy weather of it but still India may not avoid the win, I believe.

Straight Point said...

so...finally it is light that arrested the noble pursuit of indians for that elusive defeat...

Som said...

SP, MSD proved his mathematics is better than KP's.

Trideep said...

Som,

The fairness cream thing was awesome...

Som said...

Trideep, thanx. Hope they don't read it, hahaha.

Naked Cricket said...

som, that funny bone's sticking out

Poonam said...

Was about to fall off laughing. The fairness cream, Augus Fraser...hilarious!!

scorpicity said...

LOL SOM... another cracker... cannot get over the cream bit.

Priya said...

hehe no wonder Angus Fraser looked so troubled on IBN :)

Som said...

NC thanks.

Som said...

Poonam, hang on and fasten your seatbelt. Office surely can't afford your fall.

Som said...

Priya, welcome aboard and keep coming :))

Som said...

Priya, welcome aboard and keep coming :))

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