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New Zealand Diary
New Zealand Diary
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Hardy Hadlee

Christchurch is home to the great Sir Richard Hadlee as well as former India coach John Wright. Either Hadlee has mellowed or—to quote Groucho Marx—my watch has stopped. Now 63, Hadlee still looks fit enough to play in the World Cup. More startlingly, he came across as one of the boys, and spending half a day with him was an unalloyed delight. It began at the Hagley Oval, venue of the inaugural match of the World Cup, and continued on the Avon river, where a punter was overjoyed to have the cricketing legend in his boat.

“This is the first time I am punting,” said Hadlee. Later, speaking of Bollywood, he threw out his arms in a fair imitation of Shahrukh Khan about to break into a song. That Hadlee has a sense of humour was clear when he was knighted. “I believe the last bowler to be knighted was Sir Francis Drake,”...

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