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Grounds Beneath Their Feet

Our bruised cricketers jump into T20; the BCCI must preserve them for national duty

Grounds Beneath Their Feet
Photographs: Narendra Bisht, AFP
Grounds Beneath Their Feet
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On the disastrous tour of England, captain M.S. Dhoni seemed like a general at the head of an army of hapless stragglers, hobbled by injuries, that slowly melted away. He himself played with aching fingers, wincing every time he collected the ball. One by one, ten Indian players got injured, including those who win games for India most often—Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma. It seemed unreal.

But we now have a stern-comic Shahrukh Khan telling us on TV that the actual show is coming only now—“ab hoga asli muqabala”—for the Champions League T20 is here. And how have the main men risen to the call! Having received the soundest thrashing of their careers, having picked up injuries after playing almost non-stop cricket right from late last year, several Indian players are back for the “asli muqabala”.

Of those injured in England, Tendulkar is unlikely to play, though they’re using his famous visage to promote the tournament; Gambhir will...

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