Why does Mandira Bedi seem so lack-lustre?

One of the joys of watching the 2003 World Cup in South Africa on television was Mandira Bedi. Bright, chirpy and often pretty sexy, she brought a certain freshness to a dreadfully boring tournament with her complete ignorance of the game and her inane questions.

This time, in contrast, it’s been a tremendously exciting World Cup, but Ms Bedi, in contrast, has been deadly dull. She seems uptight and restrained, and even the spaghetti straps do not warm the cockles. Heaven knows what is the cause, but about the nicest thing about Mandira this time around is the peppy theme song ‘Come Play’ in which she and her co-anchor, Charu Sharma, figure.