What's in a name? A lot for cricketers!
You will never ask "what's in a name" if you knew of the fetish Chennai cricketers have for changing or rearranging their names. Subhash Rajta reports. Dhoni returns to where it all started | Dual identity: Not clouded by his name or nationalityindia Updated: Apr 07, 2012 01:38 IST
You will never ask "what's in a name" if you knew of the fetish Chennai cricketers have for changing or rearranging their names. It's tough to guess how they would like to see their names on team sheets every season, giving nightmares to the scorers keeping track.
The leading exponent of the trend has to be Srikkanth Anirudha, son of India's chief selector K Srikkanth.
"The name he's going by these days is at least the third variation of his name," says a Chennai-based scorer.
"Earlier, he has used S Anirudh and Aniruddha Srikkanth." Well, as you might have already guessed, numerology appears to be the most rationale explanation for this experimentation.
With Lady Luck yet to smile on the lad, are we soon going to see him come up with another variant? We have our fingers crossed! And then, when they are not rearranging it, they are busy expanding it. Ganapathy Chandrasekar and Sridharan Sriram went by the monikers of C Ganapathy and S Sriram for a long time before taking the plunge.
The preferred way of course is to use an initial for the first name, as in M Vijay, R Ashwin. In most cases, the initial is from the father's name, like in case of M Vijay. And for the benefit of the ignorant, the Tamil Nadu opening batsman had to curtly tell a scribe, calling him Murali, to address him as Vijay. But then there, too, is a catch. Say, for instance, Abhinav Mukund uses no initial and has no qualms in being called Abhinav.
So don't ever ask again 'what's in the name'?