‘Who asked you to win the match in four days?!’

It is the zeitgeist—the sign of the age we live in—that the only big concern that the big bucks of the Indian Premier League seems to have sparked is, “What will the badshahs of the game think at this kind of money being thrown before the babes in the woods?”

How, for example, will B.S. Chandrashekhar, who is said to have tied a pair of leg pads (with a bat tucked in between) to a friend’s bicycle carrier while being given a lift to Bangalore airport for his India debut, and whose accident expenses had to be underwritten by Colin Cowdrey because the BCCI wouldn’t give a damn, feel?

CNN-IBN editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai, son of the late great Dilip Sardesai, writes on IBN live:

“My father was obviously born in the wrong generation. For his first Test for the country in 1961, he got a cheque of Rs 150. When he was part of the historic 1971 win in West Indies and England, he got the princely sum of Rs 750 per match. Contrast that with a Robin Uthappa, who without a single international century, is already a crorepati many times over. Or an Ishant Sharma, who after his first international tour, is already lining up mega-contracts.

“My own favourite story of cricket from another generation is related by the legendary Bishen Singh Bedi. In 1956, India defeated New Zealand in four days in a Test match. The team, which was paid Rs 50 per day at the time, did not receive an allowance for the fifth day. When one of the players dared to ask a cricket official for an additional fifty rupees, he was curtly told: ‘Who asked you to win the match in four days!'”

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