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When Wankhede lost its voice

india Updated: Apr 19, 2012 01:38 IST
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At the team hotel in Mumbai, there was complete frenzy. Harassed security staff struggled to control screaming fans, who pushed and shoved to get close to the stars, all the time furiously clicking pictures on their smartphones.

Trent Woodhill (assistant coach of Daredevils and New Zealand) witnessed this chaos with a bemused look.

Very different from what happens in New Zealand, he said. No cheering crowds there mate, you will be lucky to see a retired person walking his dog.

Wankhede’s woes
The Wankhede was pretty full (the Tendulkar effect?), the large crowd in the stands created such a noise it was a challenge to hold a conversation.

But at 10pm, the stadium fell silent; the loudspeakers were turned off because municipal laws are very strict. But, there was little to cheer for the home team anyway.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/19_04_12-metro19c.jpg

Watching the DD pace battery from an air-conditioned box, Dilip Vengsarkar was visibly impressed.

It is solid and professional, he said. Dilip, a giant of Bombay cricket, speaks freely and fearlessly on issues and has battled hard for players' cause.

Unlike others, he is unafraid of getting into electoral fights.

Irfan back in form
Irfan Pathan is looking fit, having rediscovered his batting form, in-swing and his smile. The Delhi Daredevils player has seen several ups and downs in his career.

It was interesting to see Morne Morkel go through his pre-match routine.

After the mandatory stretches and loosening exercises, the South African sought out the ground staff to carefully mark his run-up with a tape. He measured 20 yards from the front crease then painted his initials on the turf.

The writer is a Delhi Daredevils official