27 September, 2020

The Zen Warrior

Lance Klusener's brief stint with the South African military intelligence informs his game Lance Klusener tries to putt straight at Radisson Hotel, Delhi

The Zen Warrior
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Sometime after the World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia at Birmingham-arguably the best one-day match ever and one where Australia were declared the winners, even though it had ended in a tie, because they had beaten South Africa earlier on in the Super Six-Australian media magnate Kerry Packer rang up Greg Chappell and asked, "We are two billionaires here flying together, what we want to know is why Lance Klusener wasn't sent ahead of Shaun Pollock in the South African batting order?"

There was a time when 'Zulu' wasn't thought good enough to be in the army cricket team. now, as Jacques Kallis says, "he's the kind of player you'd like to take to war with you."

Chappell didn't have an answer but Packer continued, "If it was up to me I wouldn't blame Allan Donald or Lance Klusener for the last over mishap but Hansie Cronje. As a captain he should have known how to handle his resources better."

If Cronje is still distraught and scrounging for that victory run in his dreams, Klusener is now playing golf in Delhi. And if...

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