While touring in Zimbabwe, JAM’s sports correspondent Ramchandra Mutt encountered Tom and Jerry. Closer inspection revealed that they were Indian cricket team coach Greg Chappal and captain Sau-run Ganguly. While Ganguly escaped, quoting some commercial commitments, Ramu managed to tie Chappal down for a one-to-one (interview, not fight, sillies).
R: What exactly happened, between you and Sau-run?
C: Well, it all started one night after a drinks session. A few Fosters down, I grumbled about the heater-tap in my bathtub not working, and having to take bath in extremely cold water. Ganguly refused to believe that, so I told him to come and see for himself.
R: But did you tell him to “step down from the captaincy”?
C: No, actually I told him to “step down under the tap-and-see”. The din in the pub might have had something to do with the whole problem.
R: Ahh, so the whole fight was over this miscommunication?
C: Well, not really. It had more to do with some disagreements on who is going to pay for all those Fosters.
R: So what justification did Ganguly offer for staying on as captain?
C: He spoke rather passionately about the tons of runs he scored recently, although he wasn’t nearly as loud when he specified it was Playstation Cricket he was talking about.
R: What about the reports that you are jealous of Ganguly?
C: Hahaha, that’s a pointless allegation. Why should I be jealous? Just because Ganguly has numerous endorsement deals and earns crores despite being out of form while I get nothing at all?…Ahh, ok maybe you do have a point there.
R: The next big series for India is when the Lankans come down later next month. Looking forward to that?
C: Yeah, it’s always fun when the Lankans come down. Lots of dancing in bars and stuff like that, you know. Especially Murali, he’s really popular with these dance bars.
R: What about team strategies? Any changes?
C: Yeah, we will probably be making a couple of changes in the team; will probably try to fit in two new players – Aditya Pan-choli and Tarannum.
Saying so, Chappell walked away singing what sounded suspiciously like a Bappi Lahiri number.
– Sreeram Ramachandran