Calcutta: He came despite the effigywallahs. There were enough of them at a time, especially in this city, for him to ponder cheeky profit — craft miniature effigies, trade them at a dollar a piece and die a rich man.
He came despite having had to wonder whether it had been worth trysting with India or Indian cricket, which can often begin to seem the same thing.
He came winging all the way from Melbourne for forty minutes on an arc-lit stage erected in another man’s honour.
Greg Chappell must desperately believe there are more pieces to his mind than got picked during his truncated tutorship of Team India. Any takers or none, he revealed some of the leftovers this evening in the course of a meditation on whether India can become the Brazil of cricket.