| February 10, 2015 11:13 am
An oversized row
Before cricket became slave to commerce and endorsements and logos became its bylaws, Sachin Tendulkar found himself in the bad books of the ICC. A seemingly innocuous MRF logo, albeit a bit oversized, fetched him a rap on the knuckles during the 1999 World Cup. Tendulkar, in his defence, had cited other players who were guilty of the same violation. But it didn’t cut much ice. Those were the days when ICC didn’t start with India.
Whale of a time
Shane Warne could ruffle the feathers of even an Emu. So it came as no surprise that he ended up riling the Scottish fans, first-timers at the Cup in 1999. Warne allegedly stuck his finger up at the gallery. The reason: Scottish fans had put up an inflatable plastic whale to represent the spinner who was having a difficult time managing his girth.
For players from the sub-continent, a pitch invasion is a regular occurrence. But Australia didn’t take too kindly to it when they got a taste of the sub-continent at Headingley against Pakistan in 1999, when thousands poured into the ground to celebrate Pakistan’s win in the group stage. Australian Cricketers’ Association chief Tim May threatened boycott. It’s good they didn’t walk out. For days later, in the final, they exacted revenge on Pakistan.
Ganguly & Co
It was meant to be a trip supposed to instill a sense of pride and inspiration. But the train to Pietermaritzburg got off on the wrong track as far as Sourav Ganguly and India were concerned in 2003. Instead of reliving history — Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out of the train at Pietermaritzburg in 1893 — India found themselves barracked for getting on the Gandhi memorial train in soiled clothes. They had taken part in a training session in the morning and took the 15-minute ride from Pentrich prior to their group game against Namibia.
It’s no secret the Poms love their pint. They drink when they are happy, they drink even more when they are sad. So, that’s what Andrew Flintoff, along with five of his teammates, did when England lost to New Zealand in the group phase of the 2007 World Cup. With Flintoff, one thing led to another and before long he was out in a pedal boat, riding the waves. He was mercifully saved from getting drowned in the ocean and promptly banned for a game and stripped of his vice-captaincy.
By: Rajeeb Mukherjee