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Thursday, November 10, 2005


Check out this story, which I found on my way out the door.
Police said Somashekar, an under 19 zonal-level player, had faked Somasundar’s passport and put out ads in the matrimonial columns claiming to be Sujit. He got proposals from women and met their parents, impressing them with snaps taken with famous cricketers. But his own face was not clearly visible in those pictures. After the alliance was fixed, he would take out the girls to expensive hotels. Eventually, he gave them the slip.

On a tangential note, how come Sujit Somasunder is so hot on the marriage market? I mean, no offense to the guy...


  • it is not about somsunder it is people desperation to get rich and famous or like the old mehmood song dollar nahi to shirt ka collar hi chalega attitude

    By Blogger tombaan, at 12:35  

  • This was really Funny ..... but I am happy that people in Dubai know Sujit Somsunder.... even I had forgotten about him after his 'flop' performances in Indian team .... was too slow

    By Blogger @mit, at 12:37  

  • Just like they show in movies...real funny.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 12:42  

  • Prem! I guess it is comparative hotness in the marriage. I mean the impersonator's own market value is definitely nothing compared to Sujit.

    Really funny story, what was he thinking, how can he get away with it?

    By Blogger flute, at 13:07  

  • Funny story. But @mit, slow for what mate? He played two Odis, not that he was fit to play but it was too early to say anything and also there were players who batted slowly. Remember on Mr. Shastri

    By Blogger lukkhamaster, at 13:31  

  • Oh my,
    I've been laughing non-stop for a minute. What a hilarious story-- right out of a bollywood movie. As the cliche goes, the truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 13:32  

  • Yeah - I remember Shastri --- but this guy was taken coz he was setting everything on fire and he could not even get the bat on the ball

    By Blogger @mit, at 13:46  

  • Why always go after shastri's slow batting?
    Ever tried to compare his ODI record vs K Srikanth?

    Or for that matter, tried to see how he stood with other intl players of that time (barring Viv The Richards)

    Check it out.. may be you'll change your opinion. IMHO, the guy was the perfect ODI player for his time in the 80's and early nineties.

    By Blogger santa_from_NJ, at 14:03  

  • Hate to bring up Ganguly here, but must mention that Sujit Somasundar was the original Dada. Karnataka last won the Ranji under his captaincy, at a time when I don't think he even averaged in double figures[*]. And then he was dropped for lack of form, and after a while went off to Kerala (who he led into the Elite Group in his first year as captain). He is back with Karnataka now, apparently having regained his form, but I believe Arunkumar is still captain.

    [*: details not guaranteed – this is entirely from memory]

    By Blogger idlivada, at 14:06  

  • What people don't remember is that Shastri played most of his ODIs before the 15 over fielding restrictions. ODI play had not developed to these levels at that time. Shastri was a very very good player at number 6 but was thrust into the opening position by the team. I argue with people that Shastri could have easily been dropped from the team if he was doing it without team instructions because the public was against him after 1988 or 89! Shastri showed his true value when he played at no. 6 in South Africa when WV Raman scored a hundred I think. It was one of the two matches India won in SA in that tour. Shastri came in at a difficult point when India needed quick runs to win and scored 25 of 15 balls or something like that and quickly wrapped the game for us and then did well again the next game also scoring quick runs from that position. I remember Shastri and Kapil forming some very very good partnerships for the 6th or 7th wicket many times.

    By Blogger Prabu, at 14:10  

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    By Blogger santa_from_NJ, at 14:14  

  • You are right Prabu.
    Besides that, his pacing of the innings, even when opening the innings, was perfect. I could never figure out why people where so against him. He was a good batsman, good bowler and a good fielder. To add to it, was a smart thinker of the game.
    I mean, people in that time had the strike rate around 60 to 70, and he had that. Scoring 3000 runs and taking 150 odd wickets in 150 odd ODIs is no mean achievment!!

    By Blogger santa_from_NJ, at 14:15  

  • Shastri was probably India's Waugh. A guy with limited abilities but persevered due to sheer grit and determination.

    His batting let him down after his knee operation where he timed his re-entry too early (to play in the World Cup 1992 which I believe was a blunder). He once said on TV that he never really fully recovered and that even today he cannot run fast (can only do mild jogging).

    Shastri was probably the only batsman in 1992 (other than SRT) who could stand up to the pace bowling of the Aussies. He almost won that match for us with a double century and 4 wickets while bowling. Rain and bad light helped the Aussies. He did not play after that test.

    Shastri has also played some vital innings outside India - his century against Bishop, Walsh and Co in the WI when everyone around him fell for single digits is still vivid. He played some excellent cricket in the company of More (who scored 49 plucky runs).

    shastri was also once termed as India's Mr. Consistent for his consistent batting. He was also able to change gears as per requirement. There was a 15 over game played at Chandigarh in 1984-85 against England where he was the only person to bat well and score a 50+. He almost took India to victory. He was an explosive bat down the order and stodgy while opening. He was also capable of stepping down the wicket to fast bowlers (I have seen him step down to McDermott and Bruce Reid) and dont forget, the tie test where he played a wonderful hand.

    He was probably one guy who played as per team requirement despite the cricketing public's ire. Too bad we dont recognize it today.

    By Blogger vshan, at 00:50  

  • Sujith's wife is my colleague. They have a lil' kid as well.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 05:55  

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