30 September, 2020

Extra Innings

Cricket, they say, is a religion in India and cricketers are gods. But even these deities have to look for an ­alternate career once they are done hurling thunderbolts at batsmen or bludgeoning bowlers to submission.

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Extra Innings
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2019-12-09T12:35:12+05:30

Cricket, they say, is a religion in India and cricketers gods. But even these deities have to look for an ­alternate career once they are done hurling thunderbolts at batsmen or bludgeoning bowlers to submission. And for many of them, what’s better than politics to showcase their sporting skills on a different pitch.

But it does not always begin well for all. Nor does it end well for each. As former Indian test player Gautam Gambhir found out to his utter dismay. Given a BJP ticket to contest from East Delhi, the dashing opener first faced allegations of having a hand in the distribution of a pamphlet that describes his AAP opponent Aatishi in racist and foul language. Gambhir has, however, denied having any knowledge of the pamphlet. A day later, he was accused of using a body double for campaigning to escape standing under the sun in Delhi’s brutal summer. If these controversies will affect his prospects at all, will be known only on May 23.

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