Sticking a red handkerchief out of your pocket, wearing a particular pair of shin pads, kissing the ball before every delivery, slapping your mates on their rumps and so on… sport has thrown up the weirdest superstitions.
But if this DNA report is to be believed, the BCCI have taken the quest for luck to a new level.
Apparently the Board has taken a decision to do away with Nike’s new Twenty20 kit for Team India and continue with the colours they wore during their World Cup triumph. That probably also explains why India wore the old kit during the recent T20 match against New Zealand (which they lost).
People had different opinions on the new jersey anyway. Even though the players were very excited about it, common consensus said that the colours were too cluttered. Virat Kohli though, at the time of the launch, chirped, “Pretty stylish. Colour and design are eye-catching.”
Skipper MS Dhoni was of the view that the new kit was a good idea as it would associate the team with the shortest format of the game.
A BCCI official in the report was quoted as saying: “We’ve decided to go with the old jersey and we have communicated this to Nike. The players won’t be wearing the new colours.”
BCCI president N Srinivasan is known to be superstitious man and almost every move of his is taken only after approval from a certain gentleman named Vaastu Venkatesan. He is also said to have restored a Ganesh temple outside Chepauk stadium in Chennai because he believed it watched over his TNCA.
Then, of course, there was this whole thing about selecting the 2011 World Cup squad on January 15 and announcing it the next day. Srinivasan was at play once again and the reason was that the numbers added up to 7, which is Dhoni’s lucky number.
During the IPL in 2010, Chennai Super Kings travelled all the way from Dharamsala to Chennai, instead of going to their semi-final destination Mumbai, after Srinivasan found that the day was not suitable to travel to an important match.
After a string of early defeats, Srinivasan had the team switch their dressing room and dugouts at the MA Chidambaram Stadium too. And even when Dhoni was ruled out of a few games after his elbow injury, his kitbag travelled with the squad. He was there in spirit — through the medium of his kit bag.
Similarly, whether Srinivasan travels to Sri Lanka or not, his superstitions surely will. Do you think that will make a difference?