By Christopher Poshin David
Abhimanyu Mithun has been announced as replacement for Praveen Kumar for the Australian tour, while Irfan Pathan has been picked for the final two One-Day Internationals against the Windies.
Isn’t there a mix-up? Wasn’t it supposed to be Mithun for the two ODIs and Irfan for the tour of Australia?
A reporter wanting to get to clarify the matter caught up Krishnamachari Srikkanth, chairman of the selection panel.
Following is the conversation:
Reporter (R): Sir, are you sure you haven't mixed up the names of Mithun and Irfan Pathan?
Srikkanth (S): No machan. It is perfectly correct only. You only are wrong. We selected Mithun for the final two ODIs against the West Indians and Yusuf Pathan for the Australian tour.
R: But sir, that’s not what you announced!
S: What do you mean? That only I said to everyone.
R: No sir! You said that Mithun was selected for the Australian tour and that Irfan Pathan has been picked for the final two ODIs against the West Indies.
S: No, no... You are mistaken. I said correctly only. Now why would I announce Irfan Pathan in the team? I said Yusuf Pathan, man. You know....his brother.
R: I'm sorry sir, but that is not what you said. And why is Yusuf Pathan in the mix? It’s Irfan Pathan.
S: What’s wrong, machan? You should pay more attention when I speak at the press conference. And I find your love for Irfan Pathan disturbing.
R: But sir, he is in terrific form. The whole nation thinks he should have been selected for the tour Down Under!
S: What, man, are you saying? I said, no...Yusuf is there. Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan...they all are Pathan only.
R: ummm..... (*scratches his head*) Yes sir. They are both Pathan only.
S: So what is the problem, now?
R: But sir, that’s not what you announced. You said Mithun is going for Australia.
S: Poda! That and all I wouldn't have said.
R: But you did sir! You did! I have the proof right, here!
S: Aiyyyooo! This is all a big mistake....I mean part of my plan....we want the best team for India and think Mithun will do good in Australia.
R: But what about Irfan Pathan?
S: What about him?
R: Should he be the one going to Australia?
S: No machan. Like I said, Mithun goes to Australia and Yusuf plays the ODIs.
R: Why this kolaveri? (*the reporter now is contemplating suicide*)
S: So you want my autograph, da? I'll sign for you.
R: arrrrrgghhhhhh! (*runs for his life*)
(Christopher Poshin David, aka 'Poshin', is a die-hard cricket fan from India. A student from Chennai, he is an aspiring journalist and the all-rounder India never wanted. He also writes for the Royal Challengers Bangalore website. His articles have been featured on the IPL website, ATYTY and Cricjoy)