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Superstar vs Superstar

For journalists, Chennai team star ambassador Vijay and the humility by which he deals with the media is a refreshing change, write Amol Karhadkar and KR Guruprasad.

cricket Updated: Apr 13, 2011 15:42 IST

Chennai team star ambassador Vijay is no stranger to press conferences. But for journalists from outside Tamil Nadu, it was surprising to see the humility with which the Tamil actor spoke to the media. He even stood up to answer the questions but was told by the journalists to sit down.

He did not, however, answer when asked if he would ever want Dhoni to play any of the roles in his movie. But he said that he has met Dhoni once and the cricketer apparently told him that he had seen the actor a couple of times on TV.

Dhoni on his part said that Vijay was humble and hoped to catch up with other Tamil actors and stars later on during the IPL. In the end Vijay was asked if he was big enough to pull in the crowd he said, “Well, I don’t know, but we have Dhoni who is also a superstar.”

For those alien to the Tamil film world, Vijay is arguably the biggest star here after Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan.

Big game drummer

Percussionist Sivamani was seen cheering the Indian cricket team with his drums during the 1999 World Cup. The badshah of beats is set to revive his association with cricket during the IPL. He will play non-stop during all the seven home games of the Chennai team.

Sivamani could be a bigger crowd puller than team Chennai’s brand ambassadors Vijay and Nayantara. The Chennaiite will have another old friend for company as Chennai play their first home game against Mumbai on Wednesday – vocalist Hariharan. The singer is set to enthrall the spectators with his magical voice before the start of the match.

Sivamani was expected to come in for a dress rehearsal at the ground on Tuesday night. However, his instruments started talking even before he arrived, courtesy Mumbai’s Musaveer Khote. The burly all-rounder hit a big six, which thumped into a dish. The sound of it was cheered by all the Mumbai players.

Oxygen cylinders please

Chennai heat is oppressive. Playing cricket at eight pm here is easier. The tough part is to be enclosed in a small hall with more than 100 media persons for about an hour without the air-conditioner.

“11.30am, (MS) Dhoni will address the media,” we were told. He was late but at least, somebody could have installed air-conditioners in the conference hall. Sweating, gasping journalists feared they would collapse in the room that did not even have a window for ventilation.