Australia vs India 2011-12 Photos
December 14, 2011 14:29
Here is a compilation of some of the anecdotes from India's tour of Australia over the year. Courtesy: Mid-Day.com
Nappy snappy: Baby-faced Parthiv Patel on his third overseas international tour, didn't shy away from sledging Steve Waugh during the Australian icon's last Test innings —at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2004. Wrote Waugh in his autobiography Out of My Comfort Zone: "Parthiv Patel chirped at me with a sly, 'Let's finish it off with a slog sweep.' The quip was music to my ears. Firstly, it engaged me into a chat, which I never minded, and secondly, it had come from a young pup. The art of good banter is to come back quickly and with something that hits the mark. Quite calmly I swung around and said to his face, 'Listen, mate, how about showing a bit of respect? When I played my first Test, you were still running around in nappies.'"
Lost lungi: On India's 1980-81 tour of Australia, Team India members, according to Sandeep Patil, used to keep leaving things behind at the various hotels they stayed in and manager Wing Commander Durrani as well as skipper Sunil Gavaskar, kept receiving parcels from the previous venues. It also incurred costs for the manager. Finally, fed up with the team members' carelessness, they introduced a stiff $50 fine for anybody who left behind their stuff. During a team meeting on the tour, a sealed plastic bag was received. The contents happened to be a lungi. Since Shivlal Yadav was seen wearing the same lungi, he was made to pay the fine. Till today, says Patil, Yadav denies the lungi belonged to him. Incidentally, Yadav, who is called lungi by his former teammates, is manager of the current team in Australia.
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