30 minutes of anonymity for Karthik
THE TRANSITION from obscurity to partial ?haven?t-I-seen-that-face-somewhere? kind of fame can be a traumatic experience. Ask Dinesh Karthik.india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 14:57 IST
THE TRANSITION from obscurity to partial “haven’t-I-seen-that-face-somewhere” kind of fame can be a traumatic experience. Ask Dinesh Karthik.
The replacement for wicketkeeper Mahender Dhoni was made to cool his heels outside Fortune Landmark Hotel for nearly 30 minutes after he went unrecognised by cops manning the entrance.
Karthik, who booked in yesterday at the hotel, where both the teams are camping, left for an undisclosed destination this morning. Upon his return at noon the cricketer found his way barred by cops who refused to let him enter the hotel until he furnished some proof of identification.
Although Karthik repeatedly stressed his credentials as a bona fide member of Team India the policemen, under strict orders not to allow anyone in, remained unimpressed. Unnerved, the cricketer then asked the cops to verify his identity with the hotel management.
But when they did this the cops were reportedly told that the man at the gate was probably an impostor as “Karthik is in his room, resting.” The by now thoroughly confused cops then turned to scribes assembled outside the hotel gate for help, asking them to confirm if the man in the silver Honda was, indeed, Dinesh Karthik.
It was only when the pressmen vouched for his identity that the young cricketer was finally allowed into the hotel, after a wait of nearly half-an-hour.
When approached by the Hindustan Times during his wait in the car the youngster downplayed the incident. “I have not been given an identity card and so the cops stopped me,” said the cricketer adding that the securitymen were only doing their duty.
“Please don’t publish this,” said the youngster clearly eager to avoid the incident being publicised. Though contrite Fortune Landmark Hotel management had a ready explanation for the incident. “Ever since room keys have been replaced by e-cards it is difficult to know whether a particular guest is in the hotel or not. The confusion occurred as he (Karthik) left without informing us,” said General Manager, Fortune Landmark Hotel, Gopal Mohan Nair.