Wednesday, April 18, 2007

indirection in interviews: just how sporting can you get?

[thanks to A for a pointer to the article]

On April Fools' Day, a Kapil Dev interview was posted online at the Indian Express. The date itself may have offered the article its sole shred of believability. While discussing the grand upset at the 2007 World Cup, the Paladin of Palmolive dished out several patentable one-liners in addition to conveniently offering answers that had little or nothing to do with the question. The ramblings of SRK come to mind. A few samples:

To me, my country is more important than anything else. I love my cricket team.

We are an intelligent people, but do not have the right body.

I did one advertisement for Birla Sun Life Insurance, but I see myself 365 days a year. The ad is running 24 hours on channels. But I didn’t give more than six days in a year to the ad.

Whoever plays well should stay. Nobody is permanent. A permanent player is one who performs permanently.

Do you think Sachin or Dravid or Dhoni would be thinking about money when a genuine fast bowler comes on? They won't even think whether they are married or not. Somebody asked when Vivian Richards hit the ball and it went up, what were you thinking? I said dead. The moment thought comes into your head you are bound to drop the catch.

At ten years you can learn ten languages overnight.

And here are sample of non-sequiturs that blend surrealism and cut-up theory:

Do you think we over-reacted as a country to India’s exit from World Cup?

No, I think we are known to react in this manner. Over-reaction is something you don't expect. If you ask me, I think the reaction was what I had thought it would be.

Would you compare our cricketers to. . . dogs who are content with their bones . . . are they too satisfied?

If a dog has a bone it won't allow anybody to come close. I think they didn't have the urge to perform. I just visited Kolkata and I was pleasantly surprised. When you look back, one chief minister occupied the post for 25 years. The growth wasn't good. But in last three years, Kolkata's growth has been unbelievable. Fresh blood can change things. Talking about Indian cricket, the younger lot looks up to stars in the team. If these stars don't have the right attitude, it sends the wrong message. What we need today is that the younger lot come out and push the seniors to give their best.

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