21 October, 2020

Our Boys In Manshire

The English county is about blending in. But some Indian stars seem too hung up.

Patrick Eagar
Our Boys In Manshire
Brad Hodge is the Quiet Australian. He ambled over to the crease in Leicestershire's game against Yorkshire in the Twenty 20 county championships, and in a match with no more than 20 overs a side, scored 97. And when Yorkshire came on to bat, he got three wickets. Leicestershire won. There was much back-thumping, beer at the pub located helpfully next door to the pavilion, and Hodge picked up the champagne for man of the match. Game won, he threw his kit into the boot and drove home, like the other county players. Like the way county games are usually played.

Unlike Virender Sehwag, now the new Veeru of Leicester whose batting was to have produced so much sholay. Sehwag didn't score, he almost never has all season here. But Sehwag has two stewards to escort him through an excited group of 50-60 autograph-seekers, to a car paid for by Leicestershire county, so he could drive to his home, provided of course by the county. That, and a fee of £80,000 for the season makes Leicester comfortable for Sehwag, and Sehwag a rather costly import for the county.

Sehwag's run...


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