Stewardess gets 'catching practice' on flight! Metaphorically.
RCB unwinded in comfort and left Kolkata for Delhi. Dan Vettori was keen on information about India. Ray Jennings joked about on the flight.
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The RCB players stayed up till midnight talking and discussing the superb finish against the Knight Riders of Friday. And why not! After all, whatever takeaways there are can be replicated in the games to follow.
It came as some sort of relief that the next morning’s departure from the hotel was postponed from the scheduled 7:00 am (how can I gobble my breakfast down!?) to an evening departure. The flight arrived late in Delhi but nobody really complained because they’d had the time to unwind with gym and swim sessions.
Also, it probably helps to beat the Delhi traffic (can you believe the city has more cars than Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai combined!) and you arrive less stressed and in less time at the destination hotel. Anyway, back in Kolkata, the team faced another half hour’s delay at the airport. Daniel Vettori settled into a comfortable chair and seemed keened to know about India’s sudden economic development. “What caused it?”
Somebody quipped it was a combination of the liberalization policies of the 1991 Government and Indian business acumen as far as international trade is concerned. So how did cricket take off so well? Was it the 1983 World Cup victory?” said the suave New Zealand captain.
“Well, that and the 1985 World Championship of Cricket win in Australia,” added somebody from the support team. “Actually, satellite television coming of age in 1993 is one understated factor. The more adverts the companies show, the more money they make because of viewership and finally that revenue shifts to the cricketers.” “Wow,” said a stunned lot of onlookers to which the RCB captain also nodded.
On board the flight, Ray Jennings was his usual joking self. When the stewardess was offering everybody a pair of earphones for the in-flight TV, he asked “How does it taste?” “Excuse me, Sir,” said the pretty, puzzled lady.” Ray – “Is this vegetarian?” Realizing the master coach was pulling a fast one, she smiled and said matter of factly, “Sir, it’s a set of headphones. One for yourself and one for the m’am setting next to you (Ray’s wife).”
Ray didn’t relent, pretending to mishear –“What ‘man?’ That’s a woman sitting next to me.” Everybody was in splits. The young lady however felt like she was receiving hard catching practice at short range.
Finally, the coach gave in, “Oh, you mean, ‘m’am.’ Sure we’ll take a piece each. But you’ll serve us dinner right?”Amidst squeals of laughter, the stewardess finally slinked away feeling she’d ‘fielded’ pretty well. She then moved to a ‘long off’ position in the aircraft where Ray was unlikely to hit any catches.
Looming large in the team contingent was of course Chris Gayle, very much the focus of onlookers. Finally, ‘night’ arrived and the players crashed out. Let’s see what the day to follow gives us…