IPL April 17, 2010

A lesson in civility and generosity

The players from Chennai and Delhi could teach us all a few things about good behaviour
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'If that doesn't get me a gold star, I don't know what will' © Indian Premier League
 
On Thursday afternoon, the men from Chennai entertained a visiting party from Delhi in what, I am reliably informed, was a game of no little importance. Both parties were, I understand, anxious to secure an invitation to the end of tournament soiree, and tickets for said event being of a scarcity, the gentlemen concerned set about their work with considerable gusto.

I am pleased to report, however, that any unfortunate unpleasantness was avoided as the hosts were attentive to their duties and did their bit in keeping up acceptable standards of hospitality. To the approval of several onlookers, the Chennai gentlemen were fastidious in their attempts to set their guests at their ease, freely distributing dollies and lollipops to the visitors, as is the local custom.

Particular credit in this regard should go to a Mr Hayden, who though an Australian by birth and inclination, showed himself a fine judge of social niceties, making a generous offering of his wicket to Mr Collingwood. Messrs Raina, Vijay, Hussey and Morkel were similarly hospitable, and the innings was brought to a pleasing conclusion with an impromptu display of timber swinging from a Mr Bollinger.

There were, regrettably, some unseemly moments. Mr Badrinath’s perspiration was the cause of some perturbation, and I understand that several ladies of a refined disposition found the sight of this young man dripping onto the field of play to be most unsettling. It is to be hoped that in future he follows the example of his elders, notably Mr Dhoni, who, recognising that a gentleman does not exert himself unduly in such conditions, modestly departed the crease soon after arriving.

It is also to be hoped that the amply proportioned drum operative who entertained us marvellously all afternoon with his delightful banging will bear in mind GH Hardy’s words. “It is a tiny minority who can do anything really well and the number of men who can do two things well is negligible.” We humbly suggest that he should, in future, restrict himself to the percussive arts and resist the lure of the cheerleader’s podium, where I gather he was to be seen shaking himself about in a most distressing fashion.

These incidents aside, the day passed off smoothly and Mr Gambhir, the leader of the visiting party, declared himself satisfied with the festivities. I understand that the gentlemen of Delhi were all smiles as they boarded their coach, so congratulations to Mr Dhoni and Mr Fleming on being the perfect hosts. And without wishing to breach any confidences, I am reliably informed that their ticket to the semi-finals may well be in the post. Fingers crossed chaps!

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • Ajinkya on June 2, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Phew! That took a while, I didn't check this up lately =P If Mohan was referring to me as the "immature teenager" I assure you you are an idiot =)

  • Sanjay on April 28, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Andrew, Please continue writing these. It is a stress reliever to read these descriptions and get refreshed with some laughter which is very rare these days, as everything else reads like soap operas. These are pretty close to the non-serious Wodehouse style humor and I am surprised why people take all the descriptions so seriously as if they are intended to put down somebody, instead of applauding the creativity.

  • Ram on April 26, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    I'm a CSK fan too.... but I'm quite appalled by the ridiculous reactions of some people here! It was a really funny read, Andrew. I particularly loved the picture of Haydos with the caption! Hilarious!! :)

  • Andrew Hughes on April 24, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    Thanks Mohan, for your comments.

    Originally the Long Handle was a little more experimental, but reader reaction wasn't great and there was some confusion as to what the blog was supposed to be doing. So I settled on a fan's diary. This means that content is determined largely by what I have been watching (exclusively IPL at the moment). Structure is linked with style and I don't think that my articles are any more repetitive than others on Page 2, though I accept I may not be best placed to judge and you have given me something to think about.

    You imply that I am attacking the IPL, but this isn't true. I have watched every edition and have enjoyed the IPL. That doesn't mean that it is exempt from a little gentle humour or that it is faultless. And without showing you my bank statements, I can assure you I am not making a living writing about the IPL!

    I do appreciate your comments and hope you continue to read the Long Handle and Page 2.

  • Mohan on April 23, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    bigger than normal magnitude invariably have a slew of people who dislike them. The IPL is imperfect yet violently successfull and I find it morally a little wrong when a slew of people make handsome money off the IPL and pointlessly criticize it with absolutely zero credibility (this is in no way intended to be personal). This was what provoked me in commenting about the mental mirror.

    Finally, I thought a few of your previous responses to comments were a little curt and hence the comment about not accepting criticism with grace.

    I hope I have made some amount of sense in these comments and have been specific. Again, I do genuinely believe you are a talented writer and look forward to your articles...

    P.S: Did you have any luck looking for the mental mirror on e-bay?

  • Mohan on April 23, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Hi Andrew, Thank you for your reply and sorry for my own late response. I agree with you that the criticism was not specific and i was contradicting myself in a sense!!

    My comments about your article were heavily influenced by the fact that i read all your articles and i found it a little repetitive. "Presenting the new cheerleaders of the IPL", "Lunar tunes", "Chennai, have you forgotten something?", "The scream (starring Sanga)" etc. all were structured similarly and had content on similar lines. So, when i read the first paragraph of this article, I already knew what's going to be in this article and was proven right. Hence, I found the article boring.

    My comment hinting about the conscience was made with a larger perspective. I mean since the time IPL 3 has begun, there have been a plethora of articles ridiculing the IPL. I am a strong believer of the phenomenon that anything or anybody who acheive success at faster than normal pace and bigger than normal magnitude....

  • Vimal on April 19, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Others have said it earlier, but I'll say it too, that it felt like I was reading a piece by the wonderful P.G.Wodehouse:) And he is one of my favorite authors. Very much 'English' in its tone. Keep it up and hope the negative comments do not bring you down. After all cricket is a religion in India. People will to take offence at no real reason, as it is with religion:) Maybe these articles should come with a 'This is a work of humour/satire/sarcasm/(as the case may be)' disclaimer. But of course, one can never be sure if that will help:)

  • John M on April 19, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    I find Andrew's humour hard to grasp. He seems to think that sniping at other nations and cultures is funny.

    That might work if he was writing for a purely English audience. This is a multicultural sight, however. I'm offended by his little pieces. I can see from the comments posted here that I am not alone in this sentiment.

    Perhaps Andrew's unique talents would be put to better use in a publication that does not receive worldwide coverage. I'm sure there are some quaint little English backwaters where this outdated style of humour would be appreciated.

  • Andrew Hughes on April 19, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Thanks for all your comments

    Mohan, I have no problem taking criticism, indeed, I find it fascinating to see how different people react to what I write and I am learning all the time.

    However, it is difficult to respond to criticism that merely states something is 'boring'. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, but as a passionate cricket fan, it would be interesting if you gave more detailed or specific feedback. As for searching my conscience, I'm not sure what aspect of the article you had in mind, so get back to me and we can talk more.

    Meanwhile, I'm off to Ebay to get me one of those mirrors.

  • Harish on April 19, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    I love the satirical humor in your posts. Thou am a hardcore CSK fan, I couldn't agree with you more on that unfortunate day's proceedings. As a fan, I felt let down by my team. If that is the degree of consistency a team maintains, then they deserve the defeat.

    but am glad we made it to the semis !!!

    your piece on Dada was a beauty. Esp the part comparing him to the furniture..

  • Ajinkya on June 2, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Phew! That took a while, I didn't check this up lately =P If Mohan was referring to me as the "immature teenager" I assure you you are an idiot =)

  • Sanjay on April 28, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Andrew, Please continue writing these. It is a stress reliever to read these descriptions and get refreshed with some laughter which is very rare these days, as everything else reads like soap operas. These are pretty close to the non-serious Wodehouse style humor and I am surprised why people take all the descriptions so seriously as if they are intended to put down somebody, instead of applauding the creativity.

  • Ram on April 26, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    I'm a CSK fan too.... but I'm quite appalled by the ridiculous reactions of some people here! It was a really funny read, Andrew. I particularly loved the picture of Haydos with the caption! Hilarious!! :)

  • Andrew Hughes on April 24, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    Thanks Mohan, for your comments.

    Originally the Long Handle was a little more experimental, but reader reaction wasn't great and there was some confusion as to what the blog was supposed to be doing. So I settled on a fan's diary. This means that content is determined largely by what I have been watching (exclusively IPL at the moment). Structure is linked with style and I don't think that my articles are any more repetitive than others on Page 2, though I accept I may not be best placed to judge and you have given me something to think about.

    You imply that I am attacking the IPL, but this isn't true. I have watched every edition and have enjoyed the IPL. That doesn't mean that it is exempt from a little gentle humour or that it is faultless. And without showing you my bank statements, I can assure you I am not making a living writing about the IPL!

    I do appreciate your comments and hope you continue to read the Long Handle and Page 2.

  • Mohan on April 23, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    bigger than normal magnitude invariably have a slew of people who dislike them. The IPL is imperfect yet violently successfull and I find it morally a little wrong when a slew of people make handsome money off the IPL and pointlessly criticize it with absolutely zero credibility (this is in no way intended to be personal). This was what provoked me in commenting about the mental mirror.

    Finally, I thought a few of your previous responses to comments were a little curt and hence the comment about not accepting criticism with grace.

    I hope I have made some amount of sense in these comments and have been specific. Again, I do genuinely believe you are a talented writer and look forward to your articles...

    P.S: Did you have any luck looking for the mental mirror on e-bay?

  • Mohan on April 23, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Hi Andrew, Thank you for your reply and sorry for my own late response. I agree with you that the criticism was not specific and i was contradicting myself in a sense!!

    My comments about your article were heavily influenced by the fact that i read all your articles and i found it a little repetitive. "Presenting the new cheerleaders of the IPL", "Lunar tunes", "Chennai, have you forgotten something?", "The scream (starring Sanga)" etc. all were structured similarly and had content on similar lines. So, when i read the first paragraph of this article, I already knew what's going to be in this article and was proven right. Hence, I found the article boring.

    My comment hinting about the conscience was made with a larger perspective. I mean since the time IPL 3 has begun, there have been a plethora of articles ridiculing the IPL. I am a strong believer of the phenomenon that anything or anybody who acheive success at faster than normal pace and bigger than normal magnitude....

  • Vimal on April 19, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Others have said it earlier, but I'll say it too, that it felt like I was reading a piece by the wonderful P.G.Wodehouse:) And he is one of my favorite authors. Very much 'English' in its tone. Keep it up and hope the negative comments do not bring you down. After all cricket is a religion in India. People will to take offence at no real reason, as it is with religion:) Maybe these articles should come with a 'This is a work of humour/satire/sarcasm/(as the case may be)' disclaimer. But of course, one can never be sure if that will help:)

  • John M on April 19, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    I find Andrew's humour hard to grasp. He seems to think that sniping at other nations and cultures is funny.

    That might work if he was writing for a purely English audience. This is a multicultural sight, however. I'm offended by his little pieces. I can see from the comments posted here that I am not alone in this sentiment.

    Perhaps Andrew's unique talents would be put to better use in a publication that does not receive worldwide coverage. I'm sure there are some quaint little English backwaters where this outdated style of humour would be appreciated.

  • Andrew Hughes on April 19, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Thanks for all your comments

    Mohan, I have no problem taking criticism, indeed, I find it fascinating to see how different people react to what I write and I am learning all the time.

    However, it is difficult to respond to criticism that merely states something is 'boring'. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, but as a passionate cricket fan, it would be interesting if you gave more detailed or specific feedback. As for searching my conscience, I'm not sure what aspect of the article you had in mind, so get back to me and we can talk more.

    Meanwhile, I'm off to Ebay to get me one of those mirrors.

  • Harish on April 19, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    I love the satirical humor in your posts. Thou am a hardcore CSK fan, I couldn't agree with you more on that unfortunate day's proceedings. As a fan, I felt let down by my team. If that is the degree of consistency a team maintains, then they deserve the defeat.

    but am glad we made it to the semis !!!

    your piece on Dada was a beauty. Esp the part comparing him to the furniture..

  • R on April 19, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    "Does one keep one's mental mirror in one's mental bathroom or is it a portable device? And where can I buy one?"

    A few drops of water on it and you'll have a mental rainbow, which is probably what's between "mental mirror" Mohan's ears (apologies to the other Mohans on this thread, they seem quite reasonable).

  • Mohan on April 19, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Just a note for you Andrew.....

    I am not an immature teenager trying to get in a tête-à-tête with you. I am a passionate cricket fan (cricket tragic would be a good indication). I am not personally offended or sentimentally hurt by any of your articles. If you had noticed, I had commented on one of your previous articles as well.

    As a cricket fan, I am just disappointed with the repetitive, pointless articles, more so because some of your previous articles were really interesting. It is evident that you are a talented writer but the past few articles on the IPL have been exceptionally boring. . Satire is an extremely powerful style of writing and i am a huge fan of it. As the saying goes, "in satire, irony is militant". But, the quality of your articles are really low.It ceases to be funny after a point.

    I understand that as long as you are on payroll, you are going to continue writing similar stuff here and our comments hardly matter, but do take a look at your "MENTAL MIRROR"!!!

  • Mohan on April 19, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Andrew.......Mohan, I'm intrigued by the idea of the mental mirror. I'd like to know more. Does one keep one's mental mirror in one's mental bathroom or is it a portable device? And where can I buy one?

    This was your response for my comment Andrew...Any sane person who has read this article and the comments will clearly understand that all you have managed to do in your response is reiterated my comments. I told that you dont have the grace to accept criticism and you have adroitly proved that to all readers!!!!!!You didnt even attempt to defend your article.

    Let me answer your question now. Since you are ignorant of the expression "mental mirror", it just intends to talk about one's conscience. In other words, a look back at oneself. It is a portable, super efficient, extremely pertinent, FREE device. It is inbuilt in most human beings but there are exceptions. You can try searching at e-bay.

  • kris on April 19, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    Good & funny one!!! I reckon CSK player will also appreciate this !!!

  • Snprodigy on April 18, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Hello Andrew, I hope you would have watched the CSK Vs. KXIP match (Dharamsala). Would you mind saying something nicer about Mr. M.S. Dhoni? I forgot to tell you some thing. When I see Mr. Dhoni's audacity and the final punch on his jaw (like a boxer) after the victory, I happened to imagine as if the punch was made right on your nose. Are you searching for your broken pieces???? LOL!!!

  • Karthick on April 18, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    OK!!! Hope you have watched the Chennai v Punjab match...And looked like Dhoni's angry mumbling words were aimed at one Mr. Hughes...And what about Badrinath's strike rate???

  • Pranesh on April 18, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    @Andrew Hughes : You must be jobless really......responding to almost all comments ....but the quality of your articles suggest nobody in their right minds would employ you.....btw did you see the match against KXIP?

  • Sibi on April 18, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    My goodness Mr.Hughes...

    Seems the Superkings have lost their civility with Kings XII... And Dhoni has been a Bad Bad boy..Ya,shame on Raina too.. Ok ..What is your next 'Article' Then??

  • arivu on April 18, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    i see that so many people have to grow up and take the humour that dances naked in front of them as humour and not as criticism or any other crap.. and that friend from iit 'MADRAS' i have searched too buddy but i couldn't find it on any map..are u really an IIT student(just thought they were bright).. Mr.Hughes i just read the other articles as well..they are supreb...best of luck for you to keep this going...

  • Diana on April 18, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Wow. Even the people praising Andrew and yelling at those who didn't need to grow up. People, please understand that some people liked this and some people didn't. It's called an opinion. However, just saying "THIS ARTICLE IS BAD" is useless. Saying "This is an awesome article. Keep them coming!" Here it is praise. If you criticize it, constructive critcism please. There is a reason why constructive praise is not a phrase.

  • Oswin Steve on April 18, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Hey Andrew, Thanks for that reply. Am not saying 'English writers should only write on English matters'. You're most welcome to write on happenings all over India. But jus take care of how it reaches the Indian hearts. Otherwise you're just perfect. :)

  • Turner on April 18, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    how does cricinfo try to make page 2 popular and writers such as Mr Hughes make their existence known and acknowledged?

    Ans: By targeting teams and cricketers having passionate followers in a 2nd grade article and putting a link to that article on cricinfo homepage.

    Any fool hardy writer can make inappropriate statements about Sachin for e.g. and get to number one in page hits or -ve popularity. Well I would say Mr. Hughes and cricinfo, it must have taken some 10 minutes to come up with this dumb witted post and you have reaped expotential rewards.

  • Ashish on April 18, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Its a good article and funny take on things. I appreciate Andrew for his effort to bring a smile or two with his modest witticism and irony. But why should we all act as such stuck up idiots and miss the whole point of the article. Religion, gods loyalty etc can all wait.. have a sense of humor to start your day with. Cheers to people who had a smile on their face after reading this article. For the rest may god help your soul.

  • Andrew Hughes on April 18, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Well, first of all, thanks to The Dark Knight, I need all the compliments I can get.

    Oswin Steve - I take your point but I don't agree that English writers should only write on English matters. Personally I enjoy the IPL and take little interest in county cricket so I would struggle to restrict myself to English cricket.

    Nagaraj, I note that you only 'think' you wasted your time reading it. You sound unsure. Give it another try and see if you can reach a conclusion.

    Mohan, I'm intrigued by the idea of the mental mirror. I'd like to know more. Does one keep one's mental mirror in one's mental bathroom or is it a portable device? And where can I buy one?

    Mahesh, glad you enjoyed it. Such humour as there is in my writing is likely to be gentle. There may occasionally be a touch of irony, but I would be concerned if readers felt there was sarcasm there as this certainly isn't my intention.

  • Oswin Steve on April 18, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Cricket is a religion in INDIA, as all of us know. And when commenting something against a religion (or so called cricket in India) its better to stay off hurting the devotees/spectators... But if this is how you-Andrew can ever write, then your humours should be restricted within 'English county cricket'. Your business stops there. Am just trying make Andrew understand that cricket is not just a game or entertainment for the Indian hearts. If what I say doesn't make sense to you, then please make an attempt writing the so called humorous article when India looses to some team in future. PS: No intentions of hard feelings.. :) Anyways the article was definitely good though its hurting.

  • Sajid28 on April 18, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Very funny - good read ! and to all those criticising this article - get a life!!!! the artcle is supposed to be humorous and it is ,if you guys have a problem understanding english better have a dictionary next to you.

  • Ted on April 18, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Guys, the equations have changed in the last 24 hours and I bet Chennai will trash Punjab to make it to the third place. If not, we can always come here and wait for Andrew to start his second innings! ;-)

  • chahlia on April 18, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    This article was insipid, just 'another brick in the wall'

  • Ram on April 18, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Thanks for the reply Andrew. You said "I didn't cover the efforts of Chennai's bowlers because this isn't the place for objective analysis of a team's performance. You can find that elsewhere on Cricinfo".

    So there was a scope for objective analysis, which, i think deserves more attention as the bowlers made a meagre score challenging to the delhi batsmen. Ignoring that and just commenting on the poor performance of chennai batting looks like you were just waiting on some topic to write on.

    The article would have been the way it was intended had delhi won the game hands down.

  • CSK fan on April 18, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Andy,

    What have YOU done with your life so far to comment on professional players? Wait and watch CSK qualify for the semis and win the IPL this year. You are just a NOBODY who has done nothing with your life, so it will be better if you keep your mouth and other openings shut for your own safety.

    Cricinfo is becoming crappy like rediff articles by allowing such bone heads to write whatever they want.

  • Adarsh on April 18, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Hey, I am prone to seeing shadows in the dark.. I wonder about the line ".. I am reliably informed, was a game of no little importance.", because I was informed, unreliably though, that the match was of little importance. I am sure some one in cricinfo knows what I am talking about, but I wonder why no one has written about it in page 2.

  • ravi on April 18, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Nice article Andrew! I dont understand these morons who standup to criticize ever page2 article, sense of humor is alien to most Indians!!

  • Satish on April 18, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    One of the worst write-ups i have read on the web. If this was meant to be humorous, i am sorry to say this guy has a pathetic sense of humor. The match was well-fought, CSK were a wicket from winning and Delhi toiled to make such a modest score. I hope Cricinfo gets this guy out of their payroll and replace with someone who can write something meaningful.

  • senthil on April 18, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Mr.hughes it s nt the end of the road of chennai super kings,we hav 1 more match against that to hav some dues to be settled with them,pls wait fr APRIL 25th DHONI s goin to lift the IPL trophy after that u jus keep ur mouth shut.

  • Kumar on April 18, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Andrew Hughes you are good smart humour or whatsoever with your pen. But don't hurt the huge CSK fans following. My simple comment on this, you are earning enemies.

  • aakash on April 18, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    i really think some people responding to this need to go and do some research regarding the definition of the word "humour" :)

  • gray on April 18, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    We Indians sometimes miss the "subtle" part in subtle humor..Some of the comments are extremely harsh these days..especially in Page 2. And Mr.Andrews, how about mocking Tendulkar in one of ur next articles? Lets see if u can tand that...

  • Krishna on April 18, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    Hmm. The more I read your articles, the more I miss Andy Zaltzman. The kinda stuff you can pass off as humor these days. Oh and BTW, the last time I checked, tickets appear via post in county cricket. Its not funny to suggest something like that.

  • Ajinkya on April 18, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    @ Andrew Hughes - No worries mate ;) (Yes I am Aussie and I'm rapt you actually replied to my comment. I'm only 13 lol so it's not everyday I get a reply from a writer, that too one who writes on a website like Cricinfo!

    I have a suggestion to you because quite a few of your past articles have caused an uproar! I suggest you tell the sub-editor of Page 2 to write a "reminder" that Page 2 is supposed to make fun of cricket moments and is a light hearted section of Cricinfo as you said. I think people have forgotten how humour works and have begun to have a strong opinion on everything and criticise whatever they feel is possible to whatever extent they can (much thanks to Facebook and Twitter for that).

    P.S - Don't write because you have to, write because you want to. I am a big fan of yours so don't let me down! =P

  • Kapil on April 18, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    Well tried Mr.Hughes but lacks the punch. I personally did not find it humorous. Your last 2 articles have a been a bit of put off. I am NOT a Chennaite and DONT support CSK either, I am just writing as a fan of cricinfo.

  • rohit on April 17, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    i dont know what is more mediocre chennai's performance or this article.

  • Chaitanya on April 17, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    Nice one, Andy! Looking forward to more from you soon.

  • Aditya on April 17, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    All those who spent time dissing this piece or any other - aren't you trying to do what the author has? criticizing? At least he managed to add humor (for those of us who've some appreciation for any form of it left) to the context in doing so. What have you brought to the table? Make like a cone and sit on it.

  • Krishna on April 17, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Come on people have a sense of humour. The article was definitely funny, when I read the title I thought it might be about on-field sledging, till I read the article, pretty hilarious.

  • laks on April 17, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    how cricinfo employed you or let you write rubbish articles like this, i'll never know...that is the some kind of generosity for sure..i've never read a decent article from you mr. hughes. now thats some generous honest feedback..

  • R on April 17, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    Good laugh, especially due the Englishness of it all. Nice one Andrew, keep them coming.

  • mahesh on April 17, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Dear Mr. Hughes,

    I loved this article. it is simple, nice and with a decent humor. Especially because it does not have any under-belt humor, ! I enjoyed this one more than the one about Ganguli. I like this kind of light, decent and friendly humor. Hyden (being aussie), badrinath etc.

    thanks,

    keep them coming! Please do not change your style, I like it the way it is!

    Mahesh kumar India

  • Srijan on April 17, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Nice article.. reminded me of pickwick papers.. just imagine if an early 20th century British journalist was asked to cover the IPL.. However, i don't know if you know this, but "the amply proportioned drum operative" is Sivamani, and he is considered something of an icon in Indian music, so i found your comments regarding him a little offensive.. i think you should stop at taking cracks at cricekters, when you're targetting individuals.

  • sagar on April 17, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Your comments on a player sweating in a hot weather and field, are very rude. very anti human (not humorous). very sick.

  • Ankur on April 17, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Worst article. Better learn lessons how to write humor articles EVEN IN A DECENT WAY. This is sport article, understand?? - not a cinema you are producing.

  • parthasarathy narayanan on April 17, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    why mr.andrew is upto auch comments. it is easy to say mockery words than facing a ball in ground. so we need not mind him. CSK will rock again and let see wat he is gonna say in next column

  • S Patel on April 17, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    No humor in the article. Very unhealthy. In the name of blog, the author keeps writing articles that are SARCASTIC.

  • Balasubramanian on April 17, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Mr. Andrew Hughes, I am a Chennai fan - not that Dhoni is playing but because I am from Chennai and I always felt they have all the talent to become top cricket team.

    I agree that Chennai had one off day but I totally do not agree in your hyperbole expression of Chennai's one day's bad performance. The same Chennai team, the same Raina, the same Vijay thrashed Rajasthan, smashed Kolkatta.

    No team want to lose matches like that - it happened so. Thats all. Chennai will definitely qualify for the Semis and may enter finals also. There is nothing wrong if it does not make, but what you will write if all it makes semis.

    Just because somebody publishes what you write, do not write off teams just like that. Not for nothing they are here. They have done hard work to reach this stage.

    My wishes and support are always there for Chennai team and in this I am joined by millions of people all over the world.

    With best wishes to CSK.

  • shafeeq on April 17, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Andy.. i never thought you would be so jobless to keep replying to these silly comments made by some serious IPL fans! (take it lightly mate , as your article meant to be!!!)

  • Harish on April 17, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    This article might have tried to tickle the funny bones of some people but it should not be done at the expense of the real stars of IPL ,the cricketers .The sarcastic comments made by you are not on some club players but world class players like Hayden,Hussey and Dhoni who have won so many matches for their countries . There are whole lot of other funny thing which can be written about IPL . I think we should not encourage such articles .

  • Mohan on April 17, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    What I have realised after reading the last few articles of Mr. Hughes is....not only is he a writer on the decline who has been more consistent than SRT in failing to come up with a single interesting article over the duration of the IPL, he doesnt have the grace to accept criticism as well....high time you take a look at your mental mirror Andrew.......

  • Rohit on April 17, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Good read Mr. Hughes, particularly the bit about Mr. Badrinath's perspiration . Happy to note that you respond to readers' comments as well. :-)

  • nagaraj on April 17, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    I think I wasted my time reading this article.

  • Soumya on April 17, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Quite a funny article.the writing style reminded me of pg wodehouse.

  • Niran on April 17, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Come on people, this is just for fun! I'm sure he's already preparing an article on another team now :D.

    I hope Mr Hughes doesn't think bad of Chennites thanks to a few comments here.

    I'm from Chennai.

  • Saju on April 17, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    You are pathetic, Andrew

  • The.Dark.Knight on April 17, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Andrew, some of your articles are exceptional. This one was a little below par mainly because these loser's hospitality kind of jokes are fairly common. Your pic makes you look like a 16 yr old or is it just an old pic? Keep up the good work.

  • B S Kumar on April 17, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    Yes, after the mauling Delhi had received at the hands of Hayden and the Mongoose in the earlier encounter, we had to be nice to them this time round. After all we were hosting them in Chennai. The heat by itself is offensive enough. We're always nice hosts. Look at where we are in the Fairplay Award points table! TOP SPOT! How can you expect anything less? Oh, by the way, we are playing Punjab in Dharamsala tomorrow, and we expect to be treated very well indeed!

  • pozx on April 17, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    hmm.......nothing offensive in this one like ganguly self help. but i mean what r u trying to say, where is humour. let me check..........cant find. let me check again...............................hmm still cant find. lol

    come on man give us something that is really humorous. :)

  • Shamsud on April 17, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Everythging seems to go as per the script written by the director/producer of the league. KKR is the only team that hasnt been in semis and they will do it this time. MI-KKR final is in the cards. Punjab will rise like phoenix and blow chennai away. Yuvi might even hit 6 6's of raina that day. Sachin might fail in teh final , if they are chasing some big target. Please wait till the final and reply back to this thread. This IPL is just a show to satisfy richmen and thier egos. Billion fools watching that.hmmm.

  • Anonymous on April 17, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Funny and interesting

  • Murugavel on April 17, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Insensitive Joker!

  • Arun on April 17, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    "I understand that several ladies of a refined disposition found the sight of this young man dripping onto the field of play to be most unsettling" LOL

  • Arun on April 17, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Excellent article.... lolz

  • pdb on April 17, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Excellent piece...crisp and funny.

  • santhoshkudva on April 17, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    good article, sorry great article. i suppose Andrew Hughes came up with a similar article when the great batsman ever to take the field behaved like a good guest on south African left arm spinner Paul Harris's debut test.

  • Tim on April 17, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    Weren't you rooting against the IPL? Once again Andrew, if you don't like the IPL, you don't have to follow.

    FYI. Page is supposed to be funny. You call this funny?

  • Pranav,CHENNAI on April 17, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    I am sorry to say that you are mistaken.Chennai's captain MSD didnt want fellow friend and Delhi Captain Gauti to bow out of the IPL.So he rested star player Murali.And since Gauti's men couldn't play Murali properly,so he decided to REST murali.Collingwood and co didnt have any propper catching practice,so Dhoni requested Haydos and co to give them a bit of practice before the semis.But please note,we do favours only to teams led by Indians and no such favour will be done to Kings of Punjab.They might be Kings,but we are the Super Kings.

  • Sriram on April 17, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Page 2 doesnt do any favors to Cricinfo's image. Wry humor that doesnt generate a good laugh. Stick to your core competence. Damn good Page 1. Dont turn the page. From a business perspective, Page 2 is a parasite on the customer loyalty generated by Page 1.

  • Ramesh on April 17, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Funny or not. This was the truth. I don't think that DD bowled amazingly well. CSK were ridiculously pathetic with their batting. 20/20 is not all about 4s and 6s. even taking a single of the 120 legitimate deliveries would have got us a score of 120. Indians are pathetic on the hook or the pull shot especially off bowlers who can bowl at speeds of 135 and over.

    Adrew you have inserted the needle into a pin cushion very aptly. Done it but no pain......

  • Diana on April 17, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    At least I will not get any disease, ever, because laughter is the best medicine ;) Everyone else is out, this includes Andy Zaltman because he would make me explode with laughter :(

    However on topic, I find it funny how some people cannot take humour and go "OH NO. HE INSULTED THE TEAM I SUPPORT. DOWN WITH HIM." Seriously people, grow up.

  • Kunal on April 17, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    very funny and nicely whimsical. Andrew you put the goods out every time.

  • Parthiv on April 17, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Loved the article. Very apt. And I guess some of the Chennai'ites who've posted 'vitriolic' comments just need to chill a bit. Perhaps the Chennai heat has gotten to them as well. Keep up the good work Andy!

  • Rahul C J on April 17, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    I am a CSK fan and I loved the article. I dont think it was meant to be funny at all because everything in the article actually happened exactly as Mr. Hughes described it.

  • rakesh on April 17, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    The dude that mentioned his supposedly "prestigious" college name actually brings disrepute to his own college. Apparently a kid at IIT can't take a humor article in good humor!

  • Arun Raja on April 17, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Its not really funny and it's really irritating for cricket lovers.

    It's all in the game.You could find a better way to narrate it and make it funny or whatever u wish to.Make it in a gentle way.

  • spinoza on April 17, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    The Ganguly bit was much better. Andrew's day off - just as it was Chennai's.

  • slumdog on April 17, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    keep them fails coming mr.Andrew :)

  • sas on April 17, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    hi diana i write too..do i stand a chance?

  • Shan on April 17, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    During the office work, this article was nice to read and relax for few minutes. Keep it up Andrew!!!

  • Kevin Fernandes on April 17, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    God what is wrong with people, havent they heard of teh word humour and i read the article and think its in good spirit and nice It doesnt insult or hurt any one in particular team have off days and these are well paid professionals who should be able to face the music when they fail to perform .... Grow up guys it's a nice articel and look forward to more of these

  • Mohan on April 17, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    IIT, Madras????? Where is this place called Madras, last I checked it disappeared off the map 15 years ago.

  • Mohan on April 17, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Funny... And people please understand it is Andrew's job to be FUNNY. do not read his aricles if you hate it so much.

    And by the way Chennai were ORDINARY on the match day. Now summa fine me.

  • usama on April 17, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    evry1 who likes this article is really really mental

  • Andrew Hughes on April 17, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Guruprasad - thanks for that, it is great to know that people appreciate what I'm trying to do. As I have said before, readers in search of belly laughs will find other writers on Page 2 provide more chuckles per sentence than I can.

    Thanks also to Zohaib, Awad, Arivu, Jigar and Rohit.

    Ramabhadran, I am in no way qualified to talk technically about cricket, but against Delhi, it seemed to me that Chennai were trying to smash everything and gave far too many catches. The likes of Raina and Dhoni don't need to do that. Nerves perhaps? I don't know. But they are not done yet.

    Diana, thank you for your proposition but I'm afraid I'd be something of a disappointment as a husband (at least, that's what my wife used to say).

  • Awad on April 17, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    People should take humor in the right sense. Today the joke was on CSK, tomorrow it will be on somebody else. Andrew has nothing personal against CSK. Relax ppl, the page is meant to be funny.

    Andrew, the article was H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S.

    P.S: The dude who signed off with his name, his major and his college.... you seriously need a life!

  • mohsin on April 17, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    you are writing too many articles of no use...plz take a break. no point in writing these sorts of article where u not entertain mass

  • ajmal on April 17, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    this article is stupid dint xpect this bag of wate from u andrew

  • Rohit on April 17, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    @Andy Hughes - Hilarious writing! Was only reading your diary all these days, now I'll never miss your replies to reader comments :-) loved your reply to Ramani

  • Ramabhadran on April 17, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Hi Andrew, not bcoz I m a CSK fan, I felt ur article was bit harsh as well. I understand if its abt the Super Over match when it was gifted, but I did not feel so in this game. Anyways, one has to accept this when the players are accepting the great praise that come their way when they do good. Also pl reply poor Diana, who awaits ur reply (jus kidding).

  • Rohit on April 17, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Good read Mr. Hughes, particularly the bit about Mr. Badrinath's perspiration . Happy to note that you respond to readers' comments as well. :-)

  • arivu on April 17, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    if this article is not taken as criticism or a way to improve cricket but only in the point of comic sence. Then i say this is a 'Gold Piece'...good one buddy..

  • Diana on April 17, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Marry me Mr. Andrew Hughes.

  • Zohaib H. Shah on April 17, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    I don't get it. Why does every IPL article need to be simultaneous with (mostly) Indian comments stating how the article is bogus or how a particular bowler should have done this or why didn't the writer bother to watch the match. I mean it's page 2 people! You should know it is filled with articles which whether you find them humourous or not, would not be based entirely on fact! Seriously, lighten up!

  • Jigar on April 17, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    you are a legend Mr Andrew.. love your take on stuff..

  • Guruprasad S on April 17, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    Like Hrishikesh Mukherjee's movies, this article consists of gentle, subtle, literate humour. Which is indeed the case with many of Mr Hughes articles. And like HrishiDa's movies, the article generates humour without resorting to below-the-belt methods. Those among the readers who expect a riot of fun and comedy in this article may well be disappointed. The reason is that we all have our own definitions of what constitutes humour, and what makes us laugh. Also, no point in analyzing such articles (let alone over-analyzing them) from a cricket point of view. It is just not cricket ! Just read them and enjoy them (if you can). I am happy that there is place and space for articles of the kind written by Mr. Hughes.

  • arunS on April 17, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    I didn't believe it when someone said that many journalists lack real talent & often end by thriving on cynicism and ridicule in their write-ups. Now I do! One more author to stay away from.....

  • rakesh on April 17, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Apart Andy Zaltzman's podcasts and blogs, you're the only reason I visit cricinfo. Page 2 is the only reason I prefer cricinfo over other news sites.

  • Amartya on April 17, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Humour has always this effect on people - few emotions are bound to fly. Especially when one touches upon few sore points. Its sad that people can't take humour in the way its meant to. Great article Andrews. Keep it up.

  • Andrew Hughes on April 17, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Ramani, thanks for your comment, although I have to say it seemed to be a bit of a waste of time.

    Chadz, thanks for your best wishes, it is always pleasant to have someone wish you luck.

  • Karthick on April 17, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Good one Andrew!!! Not in the same level as Ganguly self-help but still worth a read... I am a Chennai fan and I ain't the least bit offended...To all others with thin skin: let's just accept that we were pathetic on that day, have a laugh about it and move on to the next game... Can't wait for Chennai's match against the most generous(in terms of bowling) team in the planet...

  • Sharan Sudhindra on April 17, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Hilarious and I mist say a BRILLIANT read. The pathetic and disgusting performance put up by Chennai merits nothing less than the highest forms of criticism and mockery. Well the crappy ream Chennai is, Im sure theyre already used to it.

  • Robertson S Henry on April 17, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Well well...at least a serious writer can find time to lighten up the moment. If one fails to find the lighter side of things then so sssssooooorrryy

    On another note, why is it the IPL have failed to widen the availability of replica shirts to overseas fans who are not inclined to use credit cards....???

  • Dhriti on April 17, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Nice article...got a very nice wodehouse-kinda tinge to it...good one! too bad we are not always a gracious lot when it comes to team-deprecating humor (assuming, there is a word like that!)...we do have it in us to become a bunch of football hooligans if we try....

    P.S. Was this the same match where in the post-match presentation, Dhoni talks to Harsha Bhogle about visiting "red-light areas" in chennai late at night?

  • Ishaan on April 17, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Mr. Hughes ,everyone has an off day. Please write sense. You have the power of the pen,doesnt mean you can make fun of anyone you wish. I had a lot of respect for you. But it has all been blown away. Dont take your readers for granted ;they wont just read any bullshit that you throw at them.

    p.s I am not a regular CSK fan who just cant hear any criticism about the team. I just felt your piece was CRAP -to sum it up in one word.

    Ishaan Goel Chemical engineering student . Indian Institute of Technology - Madras.

  • Sriram.K on April 17, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    A Good article. I am a chennai supporter as well but this is a criticism in a comical way. Yes all teams have their off day but as told by Andrew the serious stuff is available in all the other pages of Cricinfo.com.

    But Andrew your Ganguly one was rocking and this is slightly off colour for your level.

  • adithya on April 17, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    good one.... especially badri sweating it out... didnt serve any purpose at all :-)

  • Alistair Pattinson on April 17, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Well it's only fair that we honour Chennai for their good manners. Aren't they leading on the Kingfisher Fair Play board?

  • Sachin on April 17, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Good read Mr. Hughes, particularly the bit about Mr. Badrinath's perspiration (poor man). Though I am entirely not sure why Cricket is played in India during this time of the year.

    Happy to note that you respond to readers' comments as well. :-)

  • Sagar on April 17, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Andrew Hughes makes me miss Andy Zaltzmann more.

  • Sekhar on April 17, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    CSK's ticket to the semis may or may not be in the post but the Fairplay Award is definitely waiting for them.

  • thyagarajan on April 17, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    A funny article.Reading between lines it clearly suggests that CSK had decided to lose the match ,come what may.Chef,Mr Hayden and Exec.Chef Mr.Dhoni had set the table perfectly. Long Live Cricket!!!

  • Ramani on April 17, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    This article is a waste of time.

  • Chadz on April 17, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Better luck next time mate.. I wish you all my luck, seeing you need it more than CSK after two pathetic attempts at humour.. All the best!

  • Andrew Hughes on April 17, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Thanks for your comments. I will try to answer those who made constructive points.

    Ram, I didn't cover the efforts of Chennai's bowlers because this isn't the place for objective analysis of a team's performance. You can find that elsewhere on Cricinfo.

    R.Swaminatham and Karthik - as Ajinkya pointed out, this is Page 2. You can expect light hearted, informal, occasionally humorous articles from a range of writers and in a range of styles. If you prefer more serious work, the main pages of Cricinfo willl more than satisfy you.

    Mohit, take down a dictionary, find yourself the entry for 'vitriolic' and then kindly explain to me how it applies to my piece.

    Selva, Andrew and Ajinkya, thank you for kind words, much appreciated.

  • Aahit on April 17, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Same people were going gaga over this writer after his "Ganguly article".

  • majid on April 17, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    chennai off-colour form seems to have rubbed off on you too friend...pretty poor effort.

  • Ram on April 17, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    pathetic attempt... the article is worse than the team's performance..i wonder y it dint cover the efforts of chennai bowlers.

  • selva on April 17, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    i am chennaiite and a CSK fan, but I still found the article extremely funny...

  • Mani, Chennai on April 17, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    We did return the hospitality offered a few days back at the Kotla after all!! It is a game; we will come back stronger next year. We have kissed good bye to the ugly trophy this year.

  • R SWAMINATHAN on April 17, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    This article shows that anything ridiculous can be written in the name of humour. It makes mockery of a team's attitude and the sportive nature of cricket loving public here. Chennai team certainly did not underplay to gift the victory to Delhi on a platter. On the contrary, they fought till the 19th over defending a meagre total. It will be foolhardy to imagine a team to score heavily in every game. Chennai team's tally in the fair-play points table does not indicate any lack of seriousness on their part in playing the game.

  • Ajinkya on April 17, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    @Karthik - it's meant to criticise and make a joke out of a cricket team's failure. This is the function of Page 2 if you haven't noticed by now. Wait... are you a CSK supporter??? That explains it I guess...

  • mohit on April 17, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    vitriolic criticism...

  • Andrew F on April 17, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Excellent read!

  • Karthik on April 17, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    What is the whole point in such a article ? Teams have off days... And if it was intended to be a funny,IT IS NOT !!!!!

  • Anonymous on April 17, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    I promise you are a literal joke Mr Andrew!!!!

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  • Anonymous on April 17, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    I promise you are a literal joke Mr Andrew!!!!

  • Karthik on April 17, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    What is the whole point in such a article ? Teams have off days... And if it was intended to be a funny,IT IS NOT !!!!!

  • Andrew F on April 17, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Excellent read!

  • mohit on April 17, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    vitriolic criticism...

  • Ajinkya on April 17, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    @Karthik - it's meant to criticise and make a joke out of a cricket team's failure. This is the function of Page 2 if you haven't noticed by now. Wait... are you a CSK supporter??? That explains it I guess...

  • R SWAMINATHAN on April 17, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    This article shows that anything ridiculous can be written in the name of humour. It makes mockery of a team's attitude and the sportive nature of cricket loving public here. Chennai team certainly did not underplay to gift the victory to Delhi on a platter. On the contrary, they fought till the 19th over defending a meagre total. It will be foolhardy to imagine a team to score heavily in every game. Chennai team's tally in the fair-play points table does not indicate any lack of seriousness on their part in playing the game.

  • Mani, Chennai on April 17, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    We did return the hospitality offered a few days back at the Kotla after all!! It is a game; we will come back stronger next year. We have kissed good bye to the ugly trophy this year.

  • selva on April 17, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    i am chennaiite and a CSK fan, but I still found the article extremely funny...

  • Ram on April 17, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    pathetic attempt... the article is worse than the team's performance..i wonder y it dint cover the efforts of chennai bowlers.

  • majid on April 17, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    chennai off-colour form seems to have rubbed off on you too friend...pretty poor effort.