27 September, 2020

Silly Mid Off(er)

Is Sachin's "hairline fracture" reason enough to miss the triangular series in Sri Lanka or has his rift with Ganguly widened? The rumour mill is working overtime...

Kamal Sharma
Silly Mid Off(er)
There are two ways of looking at the latest lafda bedevilling Indian cricket. The first is to treat it as an open-and-shut case of cause and effect. Sachin Tendulkar gets injured before the finals of the tri-nation tournament against West Indies. Despite the pain, he plays the match, although a stomach-ache prompts him to make two long disappearances from the field. An ugly heave leads to his dismissal for zero and India's defeat. Back home, the injury is diagnosed as a hairline fracture and our man is forced to skip the one-day series in Sri Lanka.

But is anything ever so straight and narrow in the wheels-within-deals world of Indian cricket? So, conspiracy theorists have swiftly swung into the scene, and even those who are close to Tendulkar and skipper Saurav Ganguly are openly speculating on a possible rift between The Butcher of Bandra and The Prince of Calcutta. The issue at stake is not just the captaincy, but the sheer incompatibility between the two. The sourest grape in the vineyard? "Ganguly was told by his advisors that Tendulkar would fail in the finals and, sure...


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