Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Chetan Bhagat hits out the Gods of Indian Cricket

IIT Alumnus, IIM-A Alumnus, celebrity writer, visionary and the one who has solutions to all of India’s problems, Chetan Bhagat today hit out at the stalwarts of Indian cricket, the magical commentary-duo of “Gavaskar and Shastri” for making some “sweeping remarks” against IIT while they wear commentating in the Inter-Hostel Cricket tournament being held at the Chemplast Ground in IIT Madras.

According to sources, the incident took place during the semi-final match between Ganga and Pampa hostel; which turned out to be a very low scoring one. Shaz burst out stating that this has been an extremely dull match with neither a “Citi Moment of Success” nor a “DLF Maximum”. Sources told us that they also heard Gavaskar saying on air that the crowds were shabbily dressed and not even one among the thousands gathered could ever imagine getting the “Nokia Fan of the Match Award”.

Reacting to this, Bhagat said this morning that he was shocked to hear such comments about the IIT Brand. He tweeted the following “The quality of students in the IITs is so good that they get success that is far greater than Citi and DLF! In fact Citi and DLF don’t even get slots on Day 7 of Placements on many an occasion have to return empty-handed!” He further went on to add that IITs have made immense contributions to Indian cricket and such remarks about it are un-called for. Explaining the rationale for the same to a news channel he said “Take the example of Kris Srikkanth; he grew up, playing all his cricket in the same Chemplast cricket ground, brought us glory in the 1983 World Cup and also Chairman of Selectors ensured that we won the 2011 World Cup”. Such significant contributions by IIT for the development of Indian cricket should be recognized, discussed and celebrated he said”.

This is for the second time this week that Bhagat has reacted strongly when questions were raised about IIT.

Amidst, all this, the question to ask is what were Shaz and Gavaskar doing commentating in the inter-hostel cricket tournament. Sources tell us that since they had a day off last night and did not have to cover the Champions League Double header at Chepauk, as “good-will ambassadors” of BCCI, they decided to see the talent available in India (and make some quick dough in the process)! When contacted Gavaskar said that they were not authorized to speak on the subject without getting consent from the BCCI.