There was a time, not too long ago, when cricket news consisted mainly of cricket-related activities – Scorecards, match analysis, statistics, record-breaking feats, emerging players and fading stars, and various other on-the-field actions. It was pure. We didn’t pick up on what cricketers ate, where they ate, and how much they ate. We didn’t force ourselves into their personal lives, didn’t eavesdrop on personal conversations between two players.
We had a life, too. We enjoyed the game, but never allowed it to dominate our minds.
It’s different today. Pick up any newspaper, and you will find only so much space for hardcore cricket news. It is mostly about who is getting married to whom, who is making how much money through advertisements and private contracts, who has invested how much, and in which League, who was spotted at Wimbledon, who’s in reality shows, the Bollywood connections, and the dirty politics of BCCI.
But then, it is only because there is a huge demand and appetite for scandalous and juicy tid-bits! They give it to us because we ask for it.
The Tiger and the cub!
The chances of Sachin Tendulkar, or a Virat Kohli, strolling down a busy market unmolested are slim. While one’s walked into the sunset, the other’s scaling by leaps and bounds. So when two such people collide, even if in good spirit, it becomes national news! And we are tickled by it to no end.
As mere mortals, we create our own parallel thread, take sides, and start defending and offending, depending on which side we are on. We leave our engagements behind, and join someone else’s battle.
It started when Sachin told Kohli that he wanted to play tennis. Sachin’s simple desire to play tennis, and sharing that desire with Virat, could be related to Kohli becoming the co-owner of IPTL franchise, UAE Royals. He has Roger Federer in his team.
Both the cricketers are avid tennis fans, and Federer has a special place in their hearts. Sachin and Virat attended the 2015 Wimbledon in July and were spotted seated together.
Tendulkar tweeted to Kohli: “Hey @imVkohli, I want to play!”
Replying to Tendulkar, Kohli tweeted a light-hearted response. “Not sure you have what it takes @sachin_rt paaji!” Kohli tweeted in response.
Not willing back-off, Tendulkar responded: “Of course, I have what it takes @ImVKohli! What’s the catch?”
The cricketers were further involved in a chat related to the WROGN, a fashion brand co-owned by the 26-year-old Kohli.
Virat posted a tweet about his time spent with Sachin Tendulkar. He wrote, “An unforgettable experience @sachin_rt Paaji. Check it out! auditions.wrogn.in #WrognAuditions”.
Sachin coolly replied: “I’m playing! Are you?”
Kohli is taking too much time to respond.