October 18, 2012

Indian cricket

Veteran cricketer shares old gripe

Clayton Murzello, in the Mid-Day, talks to one of India's oldest Test cricketers - Roshan 'Deepak' Shodhan - who has revealed that some of his team-mates threw their wickets in a bid to deny him his debut Test ton.

"Two players, who came in after me, gave away their wickets so that I wouldn't score a century. I told my partners to give me a stand. 'Don't worry,' they said and started hitting out. But Ghulam Ahmed was a real gentleman. I knew he would never throw away his wicket," said Shodhan. Off-spinner Ahmed stayed unbeaten on 20 while Shodhan was last man out for 110. "After all, Ghulam was essentially a bowler, so I had to take some risks and hit two boundaries to get closer to my century. Not all my teammates were happy for me. Let me be frank. They didn't like a Gujjubhai scoring a hundred. But Lala Amarnath, my captain came on the ground to congratulate me as I returned to the pavilion at tea-time. I remember Pakistan captain Abdul Hafeez Kardar and wicketkeeper Imtiaz Ahmed congratulating me too," he said.

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