December 19, 2009

Sri Lanka in India 2009-10

No fourth floor please, we're Indians

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Sreesanth has the uncanny knack of attracting attention even when he’s not actually trying. The modified itinerary of the Sri Lanka ODI series meant another stop at Nagpur, which hosted the first Twenty20 international.

But when the Indians returned to their team hotel in the city, they made an unusual request not to be booked on the fourth floor because that was where Sreesanth apparently picked up the swine flu virus which confined him to bed while his team-mates were getting hammered on featherbeds.

The Kolkata-based Telegraph has quoted a senior Indian player saying that the team insisted on being booked elsewhere. Apparently, the floor was later allotted to the Sri Lankans, who may have avoided swine flu, but seem to have attracted a plague of injuries instead.

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Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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