26 November, 2020

Innocent Fields

He’s the new kid in town. But that’s an image Vijay Bharadwaj would shun. For, this new member of India’s Test side is a chip off the old block

Innocent Fields

No lights, no camera. No babbling imposter of Sachin with his dil mange more soft drink either. But real life was mimicking the reel, well-nigh, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday, the fourth of October. Much like the terrified Shahrukh, Ranji champs Karnataka were nervous to stand up to a stocky youth answering to the name of Kumaran. At 6 for 49, the home side could not muster a semblance of a fight-back against Rest of India for the Irani Trophy.

As the team touched the nadir (all out at 91), a dark and lanky frame trudged disconsolately about in the dressing room. Less than 24 hours ago, his moment of fame had been eclipsed because India choked on the final burst against South Africa in the LG Cup finals at Nairobi. And Vijay Raghavendra Rao Bharadwaj actually censured himself for the defeat when he ought to have exulted on being chosen Man of the Series. His self-effacing "certainly not (being happy about his debut)" riposte took commentator Trevor Quirk by surprise. "Getting ten wickets is no big achievement. I must get wickets on batting...



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