Runs, a streak of sixes and a streaker
Sunday morning was packed with action — 370 runs, 40 fours and 13 sixes in the game between India and New Zealand, reports Amol Karhadkar.cricket Updated: Sep 16, 2007 23:40 IST
Sunday morning was packed with action — 370 runs, 40 fours and 13 sixes in the game between India and New Zealand. But the moment of the day came over half-an-hour after the game ended.
The teams had left, the stands were almost empty and the groundstaff had started their clean-up operation. In the middle, the pitch was being watered.
Suddenly, if not a fan, definitely a man — stark naked — ran on to the ground. The volunteers and the spectators who were hanging around in the stands gave him a loud reception.
No one could stop laughing at this sudden invasion of the pitch, and the man watering the pitch took the opportunity to give the streaker a free shower.
Wet and wild, the man exited as quickly as he came in, though he could not really get away. As he crossed the fence and dressed up, the cops got hold of him and gave him a dressing down.
Media want space
Journalists have been grumbling about the BCCI's media mismanagement for a long time. More often than not, back in India, the world's richest cricket board does not bother to even book a hall for the media conference.
Journalists have got used to interacting with the players or officials in hotel lobbies.
The scene was repeated on Saturday evening as cricket manager Lalchand Rajput spoke with the media ahead of the New Zealand match. As usual, the television cameras were set up and the interviews conducted smoothly.
However, a local journalist, who just happened to be in the hotel, was left wondering: "How could they have a press conference in a hotel lobby!"
Well, when it comes to Indian cricket, anything goes!