18 September, 2020

Come Back, Kid

11 years after he last bowled for India, 'Siva' marks his runup

Come Back, Kid

THE call from Chennai came a month ago. "I'm thinking of playing for Bar-oda," Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said. A colleague had just interviewed another of Indian cricket's forgotten men—Pravin Amre. Who had talked, with pain, of playing for states other than his own; of being picked for the league matches and dumped for the big ones. "Well, at least Pravin got to play four league games," Siva countered. "Me, I just want to play, but I am not getting a game in Tamil Nadu."

A year earlier, he'd first talked about his desire to make a comeback to international cricket, 10 years after his last one-day game. A comeback that now seems possible following his play for the Irani Trophy with the 1999 World Cup in mind. But haven't you left it a bit late? "If Robin Singh can make a successful comeback nine years along in time, why not me?" shot back Siva. "I'm bowling well, am fit, my fielding is still good and my batting a bonus, so why not?"

Granting that, how'd he fit in? "There's a belief that one-dayers are...



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