Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Erecting Qutub Minar in a day

You can’t help but feel out of place when you’re interviewing a person in his capacity as the coach of a sports team when someone walks in with a letter stating the termination of his services.

It happened yesterday at the Karnail Singh Stadium where a Ranji game was in progress. The coach, who had played a Test for India in the '70s, was talking to me when he was brought his marching orders.

His team has struggled all through its existence. Last season, it finally had a player of some repute before that player was whisked away by a rebel league. And they’ve begun this season with a crushing defeat.

The coach cited his differences with selectors and the team captain and said, "Ek din mei in log Qutub banana chahte hai." (They want to erect Qutub Minar in a day) but added that perhaps, better sense will prevail and the association president will keep him in.

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