|MS Dhoni's fans besiege his home|
FB recalls that one of the factors that Raul Dravid says he particularly enjoyed during his time playing for Scotland was that he could walk down Scottish streets unrecognised and undisturbed. He was a private citizen again. FB understood from this that in the streets of India, major cricketing figures, such as he, are mobbed and adulated. He was disappointed to find that this is not the case. He stepped out from his hotel and conference suite on several occasions during his brief visit and no crowd gathered. No one paid him any attention at all. Just like at home. Only more so. How could this be? Did the Delhi masses not know that a cricketing superstar was among them? Surely they were closely following the fortunes of FB's Carlton All Star Fourth XI now that the IPL had finished.
FB now understands from a comment on a recent posting on this blog that he is being deliberately ostracised by the otherwise adoring Indian crowd for failing to identify Sachin Tendulkar as one of his favourite five Indian cricketers. The Little Master's many fans have decided in consequence to boycott FB - in particular they have decided to ignore him completely should he walk down the street and they will take no further interest in empire biscuits or other such trivia. (FB doesn't have much by way of defence here but points out that Tendulkar has not listed FB in his 5 favourite bloggers).
composing fan letter to FB
after being sworn in to Indian Parliament
FB was not asked his views on this issue by the Indian media during his visit. Indeed the Indian media failed to seek his views about any issue. But, for the record, FB would like to make clear that he is sure that Tendulkar well deserves India's highest honour. And other honours should be available too - arise Sir Sachin has that ring about it...............