04 December, 2020


For the first time the world cup trophy is for keeps. It will not be passed on.

Gujaratan Ankles, English Backsides
It couldn’t be a coincidence that Leicester’s hosting the Indian team for the World Cup. A third of the population of this city  100 miles north of London is Indian; no other city in the West comes close to that. Boards at railway stations welcome visitors in  Hindi and Gujarati (also English). The local Indians plan a grand party for the team immediately after India beat Zimbabwe (as if it’s a fait accompli) on May 19. High Commissioner Lalit Mansingh will be there to cheer the team. India have a reputation for doing better on home grounds (at least till recently). But net practice within smelling distance of bhajias means the team is in danger of feeling too much at home. All an English plot, who knows, to dull the competitive edge and to see our fine players distracted by those Gujaratan ankles.

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