It’s imperative to show the cricketers we care, not with an Archies’ card, but with far more inventive methods within our grasp.
I for one, never let go of a ‘we care’ opportunity, usually it’s subtle, thoughtful yet laden with impact.
Take for instance that chance encounter with Venkatesh Prasad in the summer of ‘96, when he was one of the boys, and so was I.
It was terminal 2, at the IG Airport Delhi, he was off for the England series, and I to an undisclosed location.
Yet there they were, across a crowded terminal, the bunch of them Indian team wallahs.
Prasad still had that glazed look, and he was searching for well-wishers in the mid-distance.
Which is where I was, what to do?
As 10 metre distances don’t accommodate handshakes, even for the long reaching Venki, and security was beckoning, (yes, there was security even in those days)…
I raised my right arm, arrow straight, halfway as in Venkatesh Prasad’s bowling action, poised to bowl, the perfect wave, but with an obvious twist.
What did Venki do in return – He raised his arm, arrow straight, halfway as in Venkatesh Prasad’s bowling action, poised to bowl, the perfect wave, but with an obvious twist.
People say Venki talks about that wave even now.
I say, he must get over it, and concentrate on his coaching.