When asked by journalists to describe Panesar’s latest action, Sivaramakrishnan briefly remarked “Left arm, over the thicket.”
Sunny Gavaskar, ever the purist that he has been all his life, appeared quite disappointed with the way Panesar handled things. “He should have moved his feet!” said Gavaskar, accentuating his sideways hunch as he walked away in a trot.
Ravi Shastri, visibly relieved, had a word of caution for the English spinner – “Though it went like a tracer bullet, thank God it didn’t go down to the wire. The fence was electric.”
Sachin Tendulkar, who was once famously dismissed by Monty, responded merely by adjusting his crotch-guard. Symbolic in a way, perhaps. Monty’s English teammates dismissed the whole episode as nonsense. It is reliably learnt that they also send him a DVD of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ as a token of appreciation for his bravado. However, there are reports that the police officers who fined Monty were momentarily alarmed when Monty demanded a hand towel to wipe his hand among other things.
Perhaps the most remarkable comment came from Sidhu. “Guru!! Happines is like peeing in your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel it.”