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Walk in the Pak

Sunday, 30 December 2012 - 5:20am IST | Place: Chennai | Agency: DNA
Will they play or won’t they? It has been raining in Chennai since Friday evening. The hustle and bustle associated with a match was missing, though Chepauk Stadium looked at its verdant best.

Rain rain go away
Will they play or won’t they? It has been raining in Chennai since Friday evening. The hustle and bustle associated with a match was missing, though Chepauk Stadium looked at its verdant best. The sweltering heat had given way to a cool breeze, the sun hid behind the clouds all day long, not even daring a peep, even as the streets outside stood glistening in the holiday calm. However, a TNCA official has assured that Chepauk had an excellent drainage system, and if it didn’t rain in the four hours before the match, the game could go ahead as scheduled without any hitch.

Lips are sealed
In case you are curious about the kind of pitch that is being prepared for the first ODI here, then kill it. The TNCA is being silent about that. “We just follow the policy of our BCCI chief N Srinivasan, and we won’t be giving you any information,” one official said.

How to face Irfan

Despite the pressure, Dhoni seemed to be in the mood for fun. Asked about the new rule that allows two bouncers per over, he said, “As of now we are struggling to bowl even one. Once we get bowlers like Umesh Yadav, maybe we can use it. Till then, we will have to keep one in our pocket,” he said. Asked about Pakistan’s Mohammad Irfan, he said, “He is a bit different. You can say that he is about one foot different to some of our bowlers. Maybe we can ask the shorter batsmen to stand on a stool to face him.”

Strict but polite
The police here are a confident lot. Mind you not lax, but definitely much polite and considerate. There is no rude shoving away of the occasional lost visitor, or a curt reply to the innumerable queries. Each person finding his way to gate is either let in kindly or turned away politely. Way to go, Chennai!
 


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