Of missing trainer, funny `keeper and tough cop

PTI| Updated: Oct 15, 2013, 17:31 PM IST

Jaipur: The BCCI is not known for giving reasons for decisions it takes and therefore it was not surprising that no one knows as to why Indian cricket team`s long time trainer Ramji Srinivasan is no longer with the side.

Ramji has been a part of World Cup and Champions Trophy winning team support staff. He has now been replaced by strength and conditioning specialist Sudarshan VP, who has worked with U-19 World Cup winning team as well as India A side.

Sudarshan`s appointment is also an indirect entry of an official connected with the North-East into senior national cricket team. A Keralite by birth, Sudarshan is a member of the Sikkim Cricket Association which is an associate member of the BCCI.

No more High Fives for Haddin:

Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has had enough of those `High-Fives` after a fall of wicket. The gritty New South Wales glovesman learnt it hard way when he was involved in a freak accident with a jubilant James Faulkner`s finger brushing his eye which led to leave the field for quite some time.

"I have not been speaking to Faulkner for last three days!" Haddin answered with a straight face to a question about the pacer`s inputs on Sawai Mansingh track as all present had a good laugh.

About High Fives, he gave another poker faced replies, "We have decided we will only indulge in customary handshakes or at the most bum-slaps to congratulate each other."

Khiladiyon ka Khiladi:

If you are covering cricket in India, it`s highly unlikely that you would not bump into a tough policeman, who would be uncompromising and asking various questions ranging from logic behind carrying a laptop for matches to why one has not got his accreditation cards. The cop who was manning the players` practice arena here was a tough man, who would not even allow anyone to collect their passes. Guess what his name was: Sub-Inspector Ram Khiladi.

Celebration time for Mohammed Shami

It`s not known whether Bengal pacer Mohammed Shami will get a chance in the India playing XI on Wednesday but he is in festive spirits as he plans to celebrate Eid-ul-Joha festival with his cousin.

"I will get out of the hotel at around 8:30 am to offer namaaz and get back to hotel by 10am. It will also be a chance to meet my cousin sister who is settled over here," said Shami.