This friendship transcends rivalries
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After Mohun Bagan's Syed Rahim Nabi was hit by an object thrown from the stands during the derby against East Bengal, his team refused to play on, and all kinds of controversy erupted. But the camaraderie between the players hasn't soured. Nabi had to undergo surgery to fix his fractured cheekbone, and the day he was discharged from hospital, East Bengal midfielder Mehtab Hossain paid his house a visit. Nabi's family members were a bit reluctant to allow him to continue playing football, but Mehtab persuaded them not to discourage Nabi. Mehtab wished his friend to come back soon and score goals — but not against East Bengal.
Dhoni chirps, Bell tinkles
Wicketkeepers tend to be the talkative ones, often lending plenty of insight to the batsmen. While most are discreet with the unprintables and stay wary of the stump microphone, a few carefree ones are reminded of what they blurted out for the rest of their lives. Mahendra Singh Dhoni shared one such pearl with the television audience on Sunday. With a long day of cricket dragging to a slow end and with the immovable objects in Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell frustrating the life out of the Indians, Dhoni decided to inspire his boys with a bit of chirp. "Is ghanti ko lekar jayenge (we'll take this bell with us)," he said while crouching up to the mike for Ashwin's over. It seemed to have rung a bell with the listeners, as the comment soon went viral. Funny as it was, the ghanti in question remained unperturbed, unbeaten, and well on his way to ringing India's death knell.
"Zaheer? Who Zaheer?"
Imagine getting a new mobile number, and discovering that a celebrity had used it before. Ganesh Pandey, who got a new phone connection two months ago, barely knew then that a large number of calls and messages he would receive thereafter would be addressed to 'Zaheer'. Zaheer, who Zaheer? was his usual agitated response, till one day, when his friend told him that his number had once belonged to India fast bowler Zaheer Khan. Pandey is now ready with an apologetic shrug whenever someone calls and asks for Zaheer.