New Delhi:The Indian and Pakistani cricketers had a day off from cricket on Tuesday. This meant plenty of time to fulfill sponsor commitments.
However, which one of the sponsors got the most bang for their buck depends of course, on the charm of the player and their ability to draw in the media and the crowds.
Players' day out
There was painting, shopping, art appreciation and some inspirational talking. Of course, it had the media in a bit of a tizzy, as camera people and reporters rushed from shopping complexes, to art galleries, to cricket stadium and back to the hotel.
So, the best of the day came with a slight twist!
Dhoni painted his dreams with young kids, the Pakistan Team got a taste of haute couture and Sehwag getting a slice of art and expression. It was an action packed day for cricketers in the capital.
But guess who stole the limelight?
The NDTV sports desk awards started with the media darling award and this was an easy one, as the one day captain modeled with children at a painting contest.
And even if you're not particularly high on MS Dhoni, can you really ignore his moves and his groove and not to forget his strokes both on the canvas and on the pitch.
Well, it could be also called the 3C's award - cricket, chaos and confusion.
Jadoo Ki Japphis
It was a neck to neck fight between the two ODI captains - one side we had Shoaib Malik looking rather frazzled by the media and other side was our very own Mahi getting the jadoo ki japphis...desi style!
The Pakistani team can always be charming but with Shoaib Akhtar being all good, they did not have much chance of winning the award.
"I will act in a Bollywood film if it is a good offer," said Shoaib Malik, Captain, Pakistan team.
However, the clear winner was our very own Nawab of Najafgarh, he won hands down. Viru was an unlikely guest at an art gallery. And according to him there is no real difference between the canvas and cricket.
"I see the balls, I see the spin, you can say Harbhajan's, his spin comes like that. For even Kumble's, I look at this and I feel, it is a bigger ground and a smaller pitch," said Virender Sehwag.
Art and Viru do not quite work for us which means the made for each other award for getting the right man for the right product went to Manipal education for signing up the new Test captain who happens to be an engineer.
And jumbo was on the job right away with this advice for his teammates.