11 April, 2021

Sixer Sidhu Goes Sileb

Krishna Prasad travels to Patiala to talk to the Indian opener and his friends about his retirement

Sixer Sidhu Goes Sileb

THERE is no doubt in Navjot Singh Sidhu's hometown. 'Sherry' must have been really, really provoked to do what he did, the way he did—without letting his closest friend know, without letting even his wife know. Friend Bunny Sandhu heard of the stunning decision, like much of India, from the next day's newspapers, and Sidhu's wife, Navjot, came to know of his retirement a whole week later.

In fact, Sidhu's wife, the city's top gynaecologist, was away in the US and was due to join her husband after the second Test and then proceed with him to Holland at the end of the series. "She was really looking forward to it," says Vandana Chahal, a friend. "It was the first time since they got married that she was going to be with him on tour."

For his part, Sidhu told Outlook that his hand was forced by circumstances that had been brewing for over a year. So much so that Sandhu confirms that the opener was close to announcing retirement when he was dropped from the Delhi World Cup match against Sri Lanka and told to go along with the story...

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