Today in 30 Days 30 Questions
Question: If you could invite two players, past and present, to dinner who would you call and why?
Imagine breaking bread with the Ians - Botham and Chappell – and watching them hurl beer mugs at each other by the time dessert is served. Or sharing slammer food with Salman Butt and Mohd. Asif as they recount their side of the spot-fixing tale. It is likely too that Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell would make for equally entertaining dinner companions – though it is equally certain the feast will end in blows.
Which two cricketers would you like to dine with? S. Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh? Simon Katich and Michael Clarke? Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar? Whew! The possibilities are endless. Put your thinking caps on and type away. The best responses will get featured on the page.
[Update, April 4]:
Thanks for your comments — even though you heavily favoured the little man from Bandra and former Indian captains ranging from Gavaskar to Dhoni. Here are our picks from your wonderful contributions:
Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar! There could be nothing greater than dining with the two cricketing geniuses and listen the history, present and the future of world cricket in front of them!
Muhamed lets us in on his gluttony:
I would like to dine with Dravid and Laxman. These two are slow in field (and perhaps slow in eating too.) So I will take advantage, eat more food, and then go for their food too.
I would love to invite Dada and Sachin. Best-ever opening pair for India. Sachin could tell me about the atmosphere in the dressing room before and after Ganguly. And Ganguly could tell me how he injected josh in every Indian player.
Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid. I want to ask them the secret of their success and also ask Rahul what he thinks of Virat. And they are both my favourite players . They have lots in common.
Mani wants to invite Dravid and Kohli too:
A combination of ferocious and quiet personalities over dinner will be perfect.
I would like to invite the living legends, Jonty Rhodes and Glenn McGrath. Both added a new dimension to their respective fields. The cricket world is dominated by batsmen but these two showed earned their name in fielding and bowling.
Our favourite pick, by the aptly named Mandar Smart:
I would like to invite these duos:
1. Sachin and Shoaib Akhtar
2. Yuvraj and Stuart Broad
3. Gambhir and Afridi
4. Sehwag and Shoaib Akhtar
5. Shane Warne and Murlidharan
And lastly, Javed Miandad and Kiran More.
Praveen S sticks to the theme:
Ian Chappel and Ian Botham: we all know what would happen if they were to come together. Otherwise let us invite Miandad and Dennis Lillee for the same reason.
I will invite Venkatesh Prasad and Amir Sohail. In the background that epic World Cup encounter would be playing on TV.
Among the former cricketers, I’d like to invite Krish Srikkanth: he is very free and jovial. Among the current players, Ashwin. He is a vegetarian and so am I. Furthermore, he is my favourite spin bowler now.
Captain PK Sethi:
I would like to invite many groups of two each, like Gavaskar and Kapil, Tendulkar and Ganguly, Bedi and Harbhajan, Dhoni and Virat, and Sehwag and Gambhir over dinner. But would they like to come when I am neither a celebrity to provide them publicity nor can I throw money at them for coming. This is just wishful thinking.
Varun Aaron and Ashok Dinda. These two are the only people who come with the least expectations. :P
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virender Sehwag because I want to end the bitterness between them and gain something about cricket from them.