The annual BCCI awards night is one of a many noted events on a Indian cricket calendar. On many occasions, it facilities critical and bleak speeches with awardees thanking a Board, their teammates, coaches and families in a sanitised environment.
Not this year. With former India stumper Farokh Engineer delivering a MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture, things were always approaching to be different. And Engineer didn’t disappoint. From recalling comic incidents involving Pataudi and a occasions when he was left embarrassed, Engineer mostly left a gathering—which enclosed a Pataudi family, benefaction and former India cricketers as good as a visiting Australian team—in splits.
Engineer, who now lives in England, did not even gangling his former India teammates. Spotting former skipper Ajit Wadekar walking in after his harangue had started, he teased, with a inexhaustible assisting of Marathi: “Hello, Ajit! Train is late from Bombay? Taanga madhye aale ka? (Did we come in a equine cart?)”
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Playing alongside Pataudi for a series of years, Engineer had a undoubted cave of anecdotes. As Pataudi mostly used to collect Engineer’s bat to take with him in a middle, a wicketkeeper remarked: “I am blissful somebody was creation improved use of my bat than we was.”
He remembered how once in St Kitts, he and Pataudi had played a unsentimental fun on their teammates, rowdiness them to come to a accepting in a center of a night with a fake alarm of a hurricane, and when a skipper had attempted to lift a quick one on his group by describing Calcutta’s Victoria Memorial as “one of a palaces”. Chandu Borde was one of a players fooled, as he pronounced “zara chai peene to jayenge ek din.”
Engineer removed an occurrence when he was left broke after an acclaimed thespian praised him as a cricketer, and he replied: “Lata, categorical aapka bahut bada fan hoon,’ usually to be left humble when she replied: “My Lata nahin, categorical Asha hoon.”
Even a greats of a diversion were not spared by his memory. About a mythological South African Graeme Pollock, Engineer said: “In pre-apartheid days, (he) attempted his best to get a whites and non-whites to play together. The non-whites, we call them black for a consequence of it. But he usually couldn’t succeed. The blacks were wanting a whites out, a whites were dropping catches off blacks’ bowling. He got them all in a sauce room. He pronounced ‘ we got to play for any other, we are personification for a same team. From today, there is no blacks and no whites in my team, we all are green, understand?’ When they all nodded their heads, he pronounced ‘Fantastic. When we go and lay in a group coach, make certain a light greens lay on a left and a dim greens lay on a right.”
Engineer also removed his practice of personification in a Australian Prime Minister’s XI on 3 occasions. “Not a singular judgment was utterred though a four-letter word. He (former Aussie PM Bob Hawke) once told me: ‘Farokh, we know a box was ragged by batsmen in 1868. The helmets came into force usually in 1968. Farokh, tell me because did it take batsmen a hundred years to realize a smarts were usually as precious’.”
Cricket is a remunerative contention today during a chosen level. But it was not so in Engineer’s time when Indian players were paid Rs 50 per day for a Test match. It infrequently resulted in engaging scenarios.
“I remember opposite Sri Lanka, Sunil Gavaskar and we were finishing a diversion in 4 days, and there were all sorts of messages entrance from a sauce room. ‘Arre, pagal ho gaya hai? Make a diversion final compartment a fifth day. Kal ka pachas rupaya jayenge.”
It was a night when even if Engineer put his feet in a mouth, it was done light of.
Feeling witty, he asked Ravichandran Ashwin: “What’s there in Karnataka H2O that produces good spinners like Chandra (BS Chadrasekhar), Prasanna and you?”
It was left for Ashwin, who comes from Tamil Nadu, to save a day. “Not to move politics in it though we had some Cauvery H2O recently in Tamil Nadu! we consider it should be that,” a inclusive off-spinner replied.
“George Bernard Shaw once pronounced ‘One dope throws a ball, another dope hits it, and a biggest of all fools run after it and fetches it. we consider that’s because we chose to be behind a timbers.”
“One can frequency remember (him) Pataudi regulating his possess bat…. He would usually collect one and go out to bat. Invariably it was mine. we am blissful somebody was creation improved use of my bat than we was.”
“The Victoria Memorial in Calcutta, he (Tiger) told a boys in a coach, ‘that is one of a palaces.’ we consider Chandu Borde indeed believed it. He pronounced ‘zara chai peene to jayenge ek din.’ He was a good leg-puller.”