Mirpur, Bangladesh. While India’s win over Bangladesh in the second and final test match has pleased most of the fans, Faking News reporter SK Wimwian has learnt that an all-out war has broken out within the Indian cricket team after the victory. Apparently, the latest installment was when Zaheer Khan took 7 wickets in the second innings of the Mirpur test, leaving India with only 2 runs to get to win the match.
This completely ruined a carefully hatched plan where the Indian team had decided to give Bangladesh a lead of about 150 runs, which would have allowed Gambhir to get a century and equal Don Bradman’s record of scoring centuries in six consecutive test matches. Gambhir had gotten out on 68 in the first innings and looked like he had missed his chance to equal the record there.
Readers might recall that there was an acrimonious decision to drop Amit Mishra (from the Sehwag camp) and replace him with Pragyan Ojha. Sehwag had apparently threatened to withdraw from the upcoming South African series unless Dhoni made amends. Our sources told us that Dhoni then offered to help Gambhir (also from Sehwag camp) get his record, and in this way patch up his relationship with Viru. The plan also had the blessings of Sachin and Kirsten, who both well understood the importance of records and milestones.
“It was quite obvious that something was afoot yesterday, when the Indian team allowed us to score freely, and Tamim made the most of the situation”, said Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan after the match. Ishant Sharma, who also plays for Delhi, went to the extent of not bowling a single wicket-taking delivery in his 15 overs, though a critic unkindly said that this was not a deliberate act and was just a reflection of how he was bowling these days.
Substitute Amit Mishra dropped an easy catch, and the fielders collectively helped Bangladesh (and Gambhir) along with a number of misfields and overthrows. All was going according to plan, until Zaheer went rogue and played spoil-sport.
Zaheer Khan, who was wearing a back brace during the match, was supposed to only bowl looseners, but it seems he lost his head and went for wickets – it now appears certain that he will be reprimanded and may even be dropped for the next few matches, even though he was awarded “Man of the Match” today.
Critics believe that it might be a case of cricketers straying off from hatched plans for the love of the game, as had happened with Herschelle Gibbs when he played a good knock for the kick of it, despite having agreed earlier to underperform in that match.