15 June, 2021

The Truth, Not Out!

Something about the Abhijit Kale affair doesn't make sense. Is he a victim? Updates

Pradeep Mandhani
The Truth, Not Out!
Abhijit Vasant Kale, if one goes by the whispers in the circuit, was not the most popular of cricketers. His teammates say he had a chip on his shoulder, was too pushy, had little patience. But at 30, with a spectacular first-class record, even the most patient of men may start getting a bit edgy. After all, he had scored 6,806 runs in 84 first-class matches, with 24 centuries and 27 half-tons (that is, at least 50 runs in more than 60 per cent of the matches he played), at an average of 58.67 (though averages prove nothing by themselves, the corresponding figures for Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Mongia and Yuvraj Singh are 61.08, 54.91 and 41.8 respectively).

Yet, though an India A regular, the only time Kale made it to the big league was this year's TVS Cup in Dhaka, which the stalwarts had dropped out of. He played one match against Bangladesh and scored 10 runs. And that was it.

Kale's attitude has been questioned in the past. He often asked fellow cricketers why he was being ignored. He had also rubbed the selectors the wrong way. Even when selected for the India A...

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