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First-Class Flop

Only the utterly jobless watch Ranji games. No wonder. The stars are elsewhere.

First-Class Flop
Pradeep Mandhani
First-Class Flop
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The thousands that turned up to watch India beat South Africa at the Eden Gardens on Thursday, and the multitudes that watched it on television, were not interested in the game. They were just looking to catch international stars in action.

If we were genuine lovers of the game, things would have been very different at New Delhi's Jamia Millia ground last Saturday. As Delhi battled Railways in the third round of Ranji Trophy, just about 400 of the university crowd turned up, ostensibly to watch cricket. They seemed more interested in heckling though. Akash Chopra, whose weapon of choice when facing the left-arm spinner was the pad, was an easy target for warnings like, "Ab Delhi team se bhi drop ho jayega (He will be dropped from the Delhi team too)."

Chopra, a part of the Indian team till recently, was paying the price of being a known face. No one seemed interested in Shikhar Dhawan, the up-and-coming left-handed opener doing a fine job at the other end. But all he elicited from a fan: "Woh doosra to non-international hai na (The other guy is...
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