Tour Diary: A star studded drive
Jolted out of the blue by a pleasant surprise, the Chief Photographer recovers in time to drop three RCB stars from the ground to the team hotel in his car.
Three biggies on four wheels
It was an unexpected request. And a delightful one for Chief Photographer Ashish. As he packed up midway through a practise session(the last one in Bangalore before heading out on tour) and head to the team hotel to upload photos, coach Ray Jennings asked him if he could take back with him three RCB players as they needed to leave early.
Ashish nodded, and from the dressing room emerged Anil Kumble, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher. Ashish gestured to his Maruti 800 and reconfirmed whether it would be comfortable enough for the tall frames of Jacques and Anil.
They smiled, saying they were glad to be able to do a one-off trip without heavy security, and settled in. Boucher, being the relaxed chap that he usually is, offered to take care of Ashish's camera bag and with Kallis in front, off they went.
Anil offered Ashish compliments on his photography, saying player expressions and key team moments were being well captured while Jacques and Mark enjoyed a quiet time even as people at the traffic signals gawked.
At the hotel, the usher couldn't wipe the expression of surprise off his face as the three stars emerged from the car and strolled through the lobby.
It was a relatively short drive (15 minutes) back, but Ashish's car was the envy of Bangalore.