Diary Piece

Diary Piece

Officials of the Agriculture Department interact with farmers in Barnala.

A team or solo player?

Gurdaspur: The knives are out for Navjot Singh Sidhu, following his verbal spat with Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, a known loyalist of CM Capt Amarinder Singh. The former’s verbal volley, directed at the minister at Rahul Gandhi’s Moga rally, has not gone down well with the CM and his men. There have been long debates, as to how and why this happened. A minister said: “Despite the fact that for a major part of his life he remained a cricketer, a team game, Sidhu has never been a team player. If your Captain (pun unintended!) changes your fielding position in a match, will you leave the team in the lurch? This is clearly what happened when the CM changed his portfolio from Local Bodies to Power. Instead of playing ball, the man ditched his team and preferred to run solo.” Some of Sidhu’s opponents also recount how he jumped ship during the 1996 tour of England, following a spat with captain Mohammad Azharuddin, leaving the cricketing fraternity in a state of shock.

Contributed by Ravi Dhaliwal

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