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Dhoni and co make merry

by laxman
October 6th, 2007

indiaaAfter the Twenty20 World Cup triumph, the Men in Blue have been in much demand. Their off field engagements seem to have taken precedence over cricket. Is this effecting their game?

It is a question that the players who undoubtedly would deny it need to look into seriously. A look at their activities during their two and a ahalf day sojourn in the city of the Nawabs would throw some light on the Nawabs would throw some light on the Australian teams landed in the city at a bout 3 pm on Wednesday. While some of the australilas including skipper Ricky Ponting rushed to the Australians including skipper Ricky Pointing rushed to the Rajiv Gandhi international Stadium straight from the airport for a fitness session. Six of the Indian players spent about an hour at a promotional event.

Two hours after that 10 members of the World Cup winning squad attended a felicitation function. During that period, Sachin Tendulkar attended two programmes. At 9pm the Indian team was at a dinner hosted by a state cabinet minister. An hour later six of them slipped into a pub Ahala and left only at about 2am. On thursday, the Indias had a rigorous practice session in the morning and at about 2 pm they were busy preparing a cake. yes, you heard it right.

Leading the boys was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who mixed VOdka in the cake mixing ceremony at the team hotel. In the evening former skipper Rahul Dravid attended a promotional event along with three other cricketers. Another upcoming cricketer found time to visit a aprivate television channel’s office. Asked to speak in Telugu, he said he can understand the language but can understand the language but can not speak it . In the night, the boys were back on the dance floor at Ahala.

However, they disappointed the party folks by refusing to dance with the crowd. An organiser said the presence of the media personnel in the pub prevented them from shaking a leg with their die-hard fans. Last heard was that Tendulakar will be attending a programme organised by a music centre at 8 pm on Friday, the day India lost to the Aussies for the second successive time in the series. On the other hand, pointing was the only Australian to attend a promotional event and that too on Wednesday.

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