Vaibhav Pawar is the first runner up in the category of Cricket writing.This sports correspondent from the Mumbai Mirror started out as an intern with the Mumbai based eveninger Afternoon Despatch & Courier. Hailing from Mumbai, Vaibhav completed his BMM degree (Journalism) in 2007, and has since worked with Mumbai Mirror.
SHANE WARNE has a new ‘doll’ in his life and it is one his Rajasthan Royals team-mates fear the most. No, it’s not Liz Hurley we’re talking about. Instead, it is a real one which goes by the name of Pinky.
The 41-year-old has inducted the new member into the Royals’ family for a specific purpose. If any of his colleagues or member of the Rajasthan Royals support staff turns up late for practice, team meetings or messes up on any other front, he is handed a cap that has ‘You Banana’ written on it along with Pinky.
The offender has to carry the doll and don the cap all the time — be it in the team bus, plane or on the ground. Not only that, he must take good care of it. Should he fail to adhere to the Doll rules, he is penalised further. The player can only get rid of it if someone else commits a mistake.
Pinky is a plastic doll draped in pink clothes and shoes with curly hair. It was bought three weeks ago.
Ross Taylor was the first to get a taste of the punishment, while South African Johan Botha had the privilege of mollycoddling Pinky when he refused to participate in the team’s dancing activity.
In fact, Warne himself was a guiltyparty when he arrived late for a team meeting. He had no option but to get a taste of his own medicine by posing with the “reward” his teammates presented him with.
This time, Botha paid the legend back in his own coin by putting up “Warne and Pinky” on his Twitter account.
Shaun Tait too had to carry the doll for sometime which he says was very embarrassing. “Any member or support staff that makes a mistake has to carry that doll till the time there is a next offender. Even I was an offender few days back for a stupid reason. I was late for practice session and had to carry it (the doll) with me all the time,” Tait said.
Gujarat medium pacer Siddharth Trivedi said that Pinky is now an integral part of the team. “She is a member of our family. Handling Pinky helps you a lot,” said Trivedi, who has so far staved-off Pinky by following all the team rules.
Another pacer Amit Singh is glad he didn’t have to experience keeping the doll. “I have been lucky that I haven’t got Pinky. I don’t want to commit mistakes,” he said.
Warne is known to be innovative when it comes to leading the side and this time again his ploy seems to have worked.
The last offender Botha won the Man of the match award for his superb all-round display against the Mumbai Indians.
All the Rajasthan Royals players are on their toes knowing the consequence of a slip. Pinky, incidentally, is in team manager Sushil Tulaskar’s custody right now waiting to go into the arm of the next offender.