By T S Sudhir
Whoever said “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” hasn’t been to the Indian Premier League or the IPL. Because burly male cricketers are letting their former franchisee owners face the fury of their anger and scorn.
Take today’s match for instance. It wasn’t birthday boy Sachin Tendulkar or Hyderabad local lad Ambati Rayudu who turned on the screws on Deccan Chargers. It was the duo of former Chargers, Rohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds, who discharged the Hyderabadis’ battery. Their love affair with Hyderabad was obviously a thing of the past.
While Rohit wasn’t exactly a spurned lover, obviously happy to be back in his home side of Mumbai, Symonds, since he is no longer playing for Australia, could have gone the Ganguly, Lara, Jayasuriya way of not being picked up at all, after being dropped like a hot potato by DC. Rohit hit 56 and Symonds 44, as Mumbai Indians gave their skipper the perfect birthday gift.
With today’s defeat, the Hyderabadi bulls are on the horns of a dilemma, languishing at the bottom of the table.
Symonds was only drawing inspiration from former DC skipper Adam Gilchrist. Gilly who is now captain of Kings XI Punjab, played a blistering knock of 61 against the Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad the other night, to help his team to an eight wicket victory. To rub it in even more, he said that he had a point to prove to a particular member of the Deccan Chargers management and while he will not name the person, the person in question would know the barb is meant for him. Ouch ! Doesn’t that sound too much like a scorned lover?
Gilly has reason to be upset. A senior sports journalist tells me that a particular key person has indeed been making uncharitable and unsubstantiated allegations against the former Aussie wicketkeeper, which must have reached Gilly’s ears.
Hell indeed hath no fury like a Chris Gayle spurned. In the West Indian’s case, it was being spurned by two teams. Gayle was not retained by Kolkata Knight Riders and he was not picked up in the auction either. And the West Indian selectors rubbed it in by dropping him for the team against Pakistan over question of fitness.
And Vijay Mallya knows a good brand when he sees one. Royal Challengers Bangalore picked up Gayle as a replacement for Dirk Nannes and against KKR, Gayle ensured he was the king of good times, hitting a century. A Gambhir samasya !
Eden Gardens faced a Gaylestorm that not just blew away all the golden helmets of the Knight Riders, but must have created a storm in Barbados and Antigua as well.
The only one who has not got an opportunity yet to settle scores against his former mates is the Prince of Kolkata. Sourav Ganguly so far is only displaying his dadagiri in TV studios despite rumours that Kochi Tuskers is wooing him all the time. Will Ganguly turn a tusker to trounce his `home’ team? Do I hear SRK singing “Kuch kuch hota hai”.