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Chennai Diary

Chennai Diary

Somebody had forgotten to tell the authorities on high that it was not supposed to rain in Chennai in December...

It Does Come In Blue Outside it was raining—somebody had forgotten to tell the authorities on high that it was not supposed to rain in Chennai in December. But the warmth inside, as cricketers from the past, present (and future?) sought one another out, brought to the evening a special quality. For once, an 800-page book rather than the captain of the Indian team or its future captain was the star of the show.

“And here’s one more reason to do well,” intoned Mahendra Singh Dhoni, “you might get on to the cover of the Wisden India Almanack.” The two players who did make it on the cover of the inaugural issue, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli, saw it in somewhat personal terms. “I doubt if I will be on the cover again,” said Dravid, who retired from the game last year. “I am honoured to share the space with Rahul bhai,” said a diplomatic Kohli.

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