Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Just not cricket!

Gilchrist flays Tendulkar in his autobiography.

Graeme Smith lashes out at his ex-boss Norman Arendse in his diary.

Hadlee rips into Stephen Fleming in his memoir.

Buchanan bashes Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Ganguly’s cocky cocker spaniel in his book.


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Now where have all those players gone?

As you took guard, revenge would gleam in the bowler's eyes. Merely the wicket won't do. They wanted to see blood on turf.

They were veritable demons who would snarl, bark and holler inside your eardrum at the end of their follow through. Giving you glare and a piece of their mind till you start trembling in your boots and show signs of shrinking.

From the slip cordon will emanate a barrage of ceaseless unflattering allusions to certain members of your family till you blush and cringe enough to miss the line.

But at the end of the day, hostilities would stay behind when they walked off the field to share a banter and beer, hands around each other's shoulders.

More importantly, they bore no grudge. If they had to settle a score, they did it head-on, not hiding behind the jacket of a book.

They did not take mental note of each and every innuendo and returned to the hotel room to dip their nib in poison and then rush to the publisher to market the malice.

Let's admit, they were not peddler of the poison.

Where have all those players gone?

6 comments:

straight point said...

...to purchase another poisonous pen... :)

more than these 'salesmen' we the readers are at fault who flank the book shops in pursuits of these cheap thrills...the moment these... if you can call them books...won't sell they will be back to what they did best...

talk cricket...

Som said...

SP, you know what? I don't think the readers are at fault. Despite badmouthing so many people, these books hadrly find a taker. Among the 4 named, I would give benefit of doubt to Gilchrist alone and his book, now beign serialised in The Times (UK), makes good reading. I had earlier posted one on quoting the Boot Camp part.

Ottayan said...

Have you read Waugh's, 'Out of the Comfort Zone'? I found it a good read with no cheap gimmicks.

Som said...

Ottayan, I didn't read the book. I remember having a glimpse of it and the sheer volume scared me! But yes, I too heard it's a sincere account of his time, rather than an anthology of abuses.

Baiju Nair said...

Yes, You got the point right

Som said...

Baiju, welcome to Doosra and keep coming:)