May 5, 2013

The race for Mr Angry Pants 2013 Trophy

Andrew Hughes
Gautam Gambhir raises his bat after scoring his third consecutive fifty, Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2013, Mohali, April 16, 2013
Gautam Gambhir's triumphant look is inspired by every zombie movie ever made  © BCCI


IPL6 "The Squabble" is the best sequel yet. It's the story of a rivalry between two wealthy, successful, famous young men who, for reasons that are not entirely clear, are perpetually poised on the precipice of petulance.

The previously dormant Mount Tantrum began to rumble ominously last month when the Really Cross Belligerents took on Kolkata Kindergarten Rumpus.

Virat Kohli, considered by some to be the reincarnation of the god of hissy fits, played a shot that was so ugly that in many jurisdictions it is a criminal offence to broadcast it. Caught on the boundary, he stomped into the outfield looking for an argument, and bumped into the Prince of Pout, one Gautam Gambhir.

In their brief debate, they were in broad agreement on the merits of the terrible shot but differed significantly over the implications of the terrible shot, with Gautam proposing that it proved Virat was indeed a big stinky pants, and Virat countering that on the contrary, it merely confirmed that Gautam had badger breath and a massive nose.

A few games later and Virat's Righteous Indignation tour found him on the end of a booing in Mumbai, where the crowd called him "cheater" after a dubious run-out. I don't know if Virat watches English football, but in this country, if an England player emerged from an away game having being called nothing worse than a "cheater" that would count as a friendly reception.

But Virat did not like it one bit and at the post-match post-mortem, he exhibited the hallmark self-awareness of the modern sportsman:

"I don't know why they get so worked up…"

Quite. The extra points he earned from this irony bypass enabled Virat to open up a clear lead at the top of the Silly Boys Table, and with games running out, Gautam knew he needed to close that gap. But he was up against Rajasthan on Friday, and the Royals don't usually give you much to work with, tantrum-wise. Enter Shane Watson.

Big Watto had just been hit for two boundaries by Manvinder Bisla. This made him good and mad, so he pretended that he was going to throw the ball at the batsman, and to complete the effect, he gave him one of his special looks. For those of you who haven't seen one of Big Watto's special looks, try to imagine a confused Brontosaurus.

By this time, Bisla was cross, Big Watto was cross, and it was all getting a little bit school playground. Time for the captains to intervene and calm it down. Or not. Rahul did his part, but then Gautam brought to the situation the soothing presence of a swarm of vengeful bees whose hive has just been demolished. He accused Rahul of being a former Indian player; to which Rahul replied that at least he had left voluntarily.

Yet despite Gautam's best efforts, Virat still leads in the race for the Mr Angry Pants 2013 Trophy. Next Sunday is the rematch, the Relatively Rude Rumble in Ranchi, so pencil that one in your diaries. But could there yet be a twist? Is there still time for a new contender in the Squabbling Stakes? Over to you Bhajji. Show them how it's done.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England. He tweets here

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Posted by Cluedin on (May 7, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

I really enjoy the way you use the language. It is so refreshing to read a column where the humour is nicely understated and remains in memory for a long time. A reading of your article early in the morning helps keep one in good humour through out the day. I hope you will compile these articles in a book form.

Posted by vallavarayar on (May 6, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Lawks, you funny. Suitably.

Posted by CharlesCrasto on (May 6, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Humurous.......very well done sir!!

Posted by abhijeet1in on (May 6, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

I cannot stop chuckling at the the "confused Brontosaurus" :D

Posted by prasad_shukla on (May 6, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

damn funny " For those of you who haven't seen one of Big Watto's special looks, try to imagine a confused Brontosaurus." Killer line....

Posted by ramli on (May 6, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

He accused Rahul of being a former Indian player; to which Rahul replied that at least he had left voluntarily ... excellent analogy ... vivid imagination ... wiill GG grow at all? keep it up Andrews

Posted by Ketan... on (May 6, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

Didn't follow the last few games & I now am reading about this thing between Gambhir & Dravid for the first time here. This is really shameful on Gambhir's part. It's not the world's fault that you were dropped from the Indian team, Gautam.

Anyway, nice article to start off my Monday. Gave me a much needed break from the intense hard work of 10 mins that I have spent this week.

Posted by njr1330 on (May 6, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

This reminds me of a club game some years ago, when an angry bowler ran towards our opening batsman, who calmly said: '...Before you come any further, which one of us has got the bat and the hat'!!

Posted by Ambar_11 on (May 5, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

Lol that was preety neat...whatever could be the spike between arrogant Gambhir and Immature Virat at least it got us a an article to read..however it is really shambolic when guys like Bisla and Gambhir try to go against a person Rahul Dravid i.e who is referred as a true gentleman of the sport...not a Dravid bias fan though but still if it is to be considered...if Bisla and Gambhir add up their achievements they mght not be even close to Dravid's....hope Sachin is not their next target to mess with.

Posted by Ryan_H on (May 5, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Excellent. Very good humor!

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Andrew Hughes
Andrew Hughes is a writer and avid cricket watcher who has always retained a healthy suspicion of professional sportsmen, and like any right-thinking person rates Neville Cardus more highly than Don Bradman. His latest book is available here and here @hughandrews73

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