‘Not bones, he has ball bearings in his wrists’

India’s sojourn down under may have been a cricketing “disaster” so far, but it has been a godsend to the sore ears of Test match fans.

Aching from the impositions of half-ticket cricketers dusting up the cliches on Doordarshan and Neo Sports as commentators, the soothing Star Sports‘ team of the incomparable Ian Chappell and Alan Wilkins, and Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Michael Slater, has been just what the doctor ordered.

As “right-hand leg break batsman” V.V.S. Laxman stroked a few stanzas of pure poetry on the second day of the second Test, Harsha Bhogle came up with a gem in the run of play:

Rahul Dravid is charging for a third run, but V.V.S. Laxman, who is a part-time traffic constable in Hyderabad, puts his hand up and says no.”

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Photograph: courtesy Sydney Morning Herald