February 18, 2009

India in New Zealand 2008-09

Boys in blue can't jump

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Perhaps the BCCI does have a heart - as if in sympathy for their team captain's fear of heights, the board has included bungee-jumping in the list of banned activities on their tour of New Zealand. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had been invited by Tourism Auckland to bungee jump off the Harbour Bridge as a way to “see the city in all its glory” but he can take refuge in legalese. "Our tour contract does not allow us to do bungee jumping,” Yuvraj Singh responded to a question from an incredulous Harsha Bhogle at a sponsors' event in Mumbai.

Or perhaps the BCCI has taken lessons from cricket history - trace your memory back to the Tiger Moth incident involving David Gower and John Morris and you’ll know why it’s better to stay firm on the ground. It’s no secret that New Zealand is a haven for adventure sports lovers and the temptation to flirt with the wild side is sometimes too hard to resist. During India’s 1998 tour of the country, commentator Charu Sharma bungee jumped in Queenstown and the cameras were there to cover it.


Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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