Kids say the darnedest thing, don't they?
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Kids say the darnedest thing, don't they?

One would have to be very foolhardy to tell Virender Sehwag how to bat, but prudence isn't really one of the virtues of youth.

cricket Updated: Dec 16, 2011 23:44 IST
Rohit Bhaskar
Rohit Bhaskar
Hindustan Times

One would have to be very foolhardy to tell Virender Sehwag how to bat, but prudence isn't really one of the virtues of youth.

The Nawab of Najafgarh, who didn't feature in the opening tour match, was getting a hit in the nets with fielding coach Trevor Penney, NCA's throwdown expert Raghu and off-spinner R. Ashwin lending him a helping hand.

The dasher was finding the meat of the bat regularly, as a crowd of about 50 fans listened with awe the thud every time bat met the ball. Yet, there were some who weren't that easy to impress.

One of Raghu's throws swung in and slipped through the gap between the bat and the pad. A five-year-old Australian boy said, "Move your feet, don't bat like that. That's how Sammy got you out (in the first innings of last month's Mumbai Test)."

Kids say the darnedest things! What say, Viru?

Hayden gets arty
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Hayden has four bats he'll be using in the Big Bash League, each painted by artists from Tiwi Island, a small island off the north coast of Darwin with a majority indigenous population. After the inaugural season they'll be up for auction to raise money for a local school, Tiwi College. The bats feature the artwork of renowned Tiwi artists like Pedro Wonaeamirri and Janice Murray, and some are expected to fetch a five-figure sum in the auction.

Tiwi art is closely linked to stories of Purrukuparli, the Tiwi mythological ancestor and is characterised by geometric structures of lines and dots, with every line and marking having an important meaning. These geometric patterns often depict sites of stories of mythological significance involving ancestors who were changed into animals or birds.

CA scraps fan votes
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First Published: Dec 16, 2011 23:42 IST