In India, cricket is a religion and cricketers are treated like gods. And like any other celebrity, cricketers too cannot simply just walk out in public because it will stop the traffic and will create chaos. If they are recognized in public, the overwhelming love of fans can be very annoying for them.
Therefore, in order to go out, they have to come up with ingenious ideas to hide their identity. Former Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly has revealed that he too once disguised as ‘sardarji’ in order to attend Durga Puja with his family.
Dada has described this incident in detail in his upcoming book “A century is not enough”. He posted few snippets of the incident on the publisher Juggernaut’s page.
“I decided to go as one of Harbhajan’s tribe. Yes, disguised as a Sardarji. Now I could have been mobbed big time. The situation could have gone out of control. But the thrill of accompanying the para boys and family members on the truck carrying the deity was just too irresistible.”
“My cousins all mocked me, saying I would be recognized. I gave as good as I got and took up the challenge. They turned out to be right. I was not allowed on the truck by the police and had to follow it in our car with my daughter, Sana.”
“As the car reached the Babughat area the police inspector peered in through the window, looked closely at me and smiled gently in recognition. I was embarrassed but asked him to keep my secret. The escapade was worth it. The immersion scene around the river is just indescribable. You have to see it to understand it. Durga Ma after all comes only once a year.”
Ganguly’s new book, “A Century Is Not Enough” is about to release. He posted book’s first look on Twitter:
I am super excited to give you a first look at my debut book #ACenturyisNotEnough ,to be published end of this month.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) 2 February 2018