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Dhoni keeps Glichrist waiting for toss


Kochi : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni emulated former skipper Sourav Ganguly’s act as he kept his Australian counterpart Adam Gilchrist waiting for the toss before the start of the second one-day international (ODI) here Tuesday.

Gilchrist had to wait for more than five minutes before the pair could step out on to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium turf for the toss — a throwback to the days when Ganguly used to love to keep Steve Waugh waiting in similar fashion.

Dhoni seems to have taken a leaf out of his former captain’s book to get under the skin of the Australians, who want to get on with it.


Chief curator gets peanuts

Full marks to the chief curator of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and his dedicated band of labourers who, despite being paid paltry salaries, made the ground fit for play despite heavy rain over the past few days.

The stadium’s chief curator is paid Rs.400 per day while the labourers, who look after the rolling and watering of the ground, get a daily wage of Rs.300.

“It is a pity that we work so hard to make the ground fit and we are paid peanuts for our hard work,” said P.V. Ramachandran, chief curator of the Kochi ground.


Cricketers’ look-alikes attract crowds

Indian cricketers’ look-alikes were in huge demand outside the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium ahead of the second ODI here Tuesday.

Look-alikes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa were found strategically stationed outside the stadium, engaged in publicity work for a local company. They attracted the attention of quite a few spectators making their way to the ground.