Adam Gilchrist has written an autobiography after having retired from International Cricket. (That makes sense. With all the curbs on freedom of speech that International Cricketers have to endure during their playing careers, no wonder they are almost bursting with stories that they need to talk about by the time they finish.) Anyway, like all good autobiographies, there are many spicy little tidbits of information and opinion.
Sample this, for instance (link via cricinfo):
… there was speculation that Ganguly skipped the match [Nagpur test, 2004] because of the grassy pitch.
“There was speculation that Sourav Ganguly was quarrelling with the head of cricket in Nagpur and a rumour that a spicy pitch might be prepared out of spite or revenge against the captain. … I perceived that Sourav might have pulled out from fear of losing a home series.”
I do not, of course, know the truth about why Sourav opted out. If, instead of the apparent groin injury, the pitch was the reason, it was a stupid thing to do on Sourav’s part. But the groundsmen preparing a ‘spicy’ track to seek revenge against their own Captain? Does this happen anywhere else other than in India? Wow.
Meanwhile, I can’t wait for Sourav to finish and then write a book. Just think of all the scandalous things that he can potentially write about!! Yumm…