Taking a close look into some of the most secretive aspects of the dressing rooms.
To come up with a cracker of a contest between the game of bat and ball in cricket, often the dressing rooms are the dens where all the planning, prepping, and strategizing takes up amongst the team management and the players. However, while apart from discussing the game’s nitty-gritty at its core, dressing rooms also do become the social chambers where a cricketer merrily indulges itself into forming a realm of camaraderie and friendships.
While often the anecdotes and the funny instances coming out of such brimming bonds are kept well intact even off the field, some of them which can be freely shared in the public domain are largely well exposed by our beloved cricketers, especially when they once retire from the game.
Famous dressing room secrets that have been well talked about
1. Sourav Ganguly getting pranked by the Indian team on April fool’s day
Well, this famous incident had shaped up when the former skipper Sourav Ganguly was valiantly leading team India in 2005 and had transformed the careers of various youngsters like Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Yuvraj Singh. And as usual, on a game day against Pakistan in Kochi, the skipper had called out for a team meeting wherein the prankster Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh along with some other team India members carried out a massive prank on Dada during an April Fool’s day.
While carrying out the team meeting, the trio of Yuvraj, Harbhajan, and Sehwag had brought in a fake printout of a newspaper that highlighted some imaginary interview of Ganguly wherein he was highly critical of his players. However, with Ganguly then giving it a careful read, the skipper immediately tried to clarify that nothing as such was said by him in any of the interviews.
Perhaps even after pleadingly claiming his innocence on several occasions, the youngsters and the other team members didn’t back off which eventually then propelled the skipper to forcefully give up on his captaincy out of desperation. But with the vice-captain Rahul Dravid being unable to withstand any further mockery of Ganguly, he then had an outburst of laughs that eventually revealed the entire situation as a prank on the skipper. Hence with Dada then being more relieved rather than embarrassed had immediately picked up his bat and started chasing the pranksters.