October 24, 2008

Bollinger, not Bollywood Brett

Brydon Coverdale

The sightseeing of a couple of Australian players at the Taj Mahal on Thursday turned them into superstars when local news outlets were told Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee would be there. So when it was only Doug Bollinger and Jason Krejza, two of the squad’s back-up bowlers, who stepped out of the bus the locals could not be convinced that Bollinger was not Lee.

After an hour of viewing the Mughal masterpiece, “Lee” was asked to sign a picture that a photographer had printed off to get a lasting memento. Everyone seemed satisfied that Krejza wasn’t Ponting, but the duo received a special escort around the building, which upset some Italian tourists.

“They’re cricketers, and it’s India,” one of the team’s management offered in explanation. Bollinger and Krejza were the only Australia players here who hadn’t seen the monument until their rock star experience.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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