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Saturday, January 14, 2006


I had fun listening in to what people in the press box were speculating when the heated discussion between Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid was taking place yesterday.

The Sourav-bashers said: "Oh, Rahul wants him to open and Ganguly is throwing a fit because he's scared of facing Shoaib Akhtar with the new ball."

The Sourav-lovers said: "Oh, Dravid has volunteered to open the batting himself for the sake of the team, and Sourav is fighting with him because he wants to open and show the world what he's made of."

As the second version shows everyone in a better light, I found myself rooting for it. And although I've long felt that Ganguly's time is up, oh, wouldn't a 70-ball century against Shoaib and Sami be so thrilling? Who can read the leaves?

Of course, the possibility remains that they were arguing about something else entirely.

"New Anarkali Market is better than Old Anarkali Market!"

"Is not!"


"Is not!"

Update: Turns out they were arguing about the opening position, but not in the ways earlier speculated. Ganguly was upset because he was apparently told only on the morning of the match that he would have to open, and he said that he should have been told about it and given time to prepare. Dravid then apparently offered to open himself. And so on.
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