31 October, 2020

The Devil Reincarnated

Kapil's the very picture of paternal authority. And even Sachin plays along as one of the 'boys'.

The Devil Reincarnated

Pat Riley, celebrated basketball coach of the New York Knicks, has this to say about the evolution in sporting outfits: "They go from nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to dynasty." In a game where the '80s West Indies team was the nearest to a dynasty, the Indians, probably, figure somewhere between an upstart and a contender.

But in Mohali, Kapil Dev, the new coach of the Indians, has come with a bcci brief to help kick them out of the Neanderthal age. With such a high-wattage coach, the bosses hoped some winning momentum could be relayed on to a team that has a media swarm chasing it even when it has a reputation of getting its backside bruised on the field. To give his wards a taste of him before they could get their brain circuitry organised, when the team reached Chandigarh on October 8, Kapil took the coach straight to the stadium even before checking the luggage in at the hotel.

Two days later, the team crashed to 83 all out in the...



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