SO what is Inzy’s favourite song these days? Ans: “Team le ke ayehen, dulhan le ke jayenge…..” True. If God gives any person who belongs to Pakistan, West Indies or Sri Lanka to tailor-made their lives, half of their population will surely want to be cricketers in their next life. Staying in five-star hotels, playing at picturesque venues all around the world and having a big female fan following at home might be some of the reasons. But the reason, which will probably top the chart, is that by becoming a cricketer they can marry or flirt an Indian girl (sometimes a celebrity).
Gary Sobers had a roaring affair with Anju Mahendru, ‘Sir’ Vivian Richards is now the unofficial father of the official mother Nina Gupta. Imran Khan had more than a thing or two for Zeenat Aman, whose life always revolved around Khans (the other two being Sanjay and Mazhar). The dashing Pakistani opener Mohsin Khan not only married Reena Roy but also had a tryst with Bollywood (remember Saathi). Sadly his career as cricketer had more memorable moments than his life as a star. And now Shoaib Mallik and Muttiah Muralitharan (both off-spinners with suspect actions) have also married Indian girls. But what sets these two apart is that in both the cases the girls are not celebrities.
Oops, the girls were not celebrities. Because now after marrying the cricketers they are no less celebrities themselves. Coming to celebrity hood, it’s funny how some cricketers have an air about themselves. Recently, one of my friends from the electronic media went to interview Salman Butt, the Pakistani opener, who is yet to find a permanent place in the team. He reportedly told the journalist that he is contemplating on putting a price tag on his interviews. Butt, Salman will you please tell us what is your average in the last five test matches?
And finally Ratan Tata must be a worried man these days because of Ganguly’s poor form with the bat. Because who will now believe Ganguly when he promises a full talk time on a pre-paid card. A man who can now only dream of a fifty, swears to give a triple-ton talk time. Time to score a ton dada, otherwise Tata and BCCI will both say, Ta ta bye bye.
And note: a rival mobile service provider’s billboard is now saying: “Rahul’s waiting”