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'We don't get star treatment in the Caribbean'

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 16:23 [IST]
 
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'We are treated like stars in India'

New Delhi, Apr 25: His legs slightly spread, knees somewhat bent, Andre Russell regaled the audience by crossing his arms and breaking into the Gangnam-style jig, and then won their hearts with a proclamation that West Indians playing in the IPL are treated ‘better' in India than in the Caribbean.

"People in India treat us like stars. We don't get that kind of treatment in the Caribbean," Russell told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event last night.

"I can't explain the way they appreciate people in India," the 24-year-old Delhi Daredevils all-rounder with a unique hairstyle, said.

As is the customary in his part of the world, Russell loves "spending time at home, and a lot of partying."

A beauty pageant was held in the extravagant interiors of a city hotel to announce the Nissan and Delhi Daredevils 'Face of the Year', an event which saw six Daredevils players seamlessly slip into the role of an adjudicator.

Gracing the occasion were Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, David Warner, Andre Russell, Roelof van der Merwe, Shahbaz Nadeem and coach Eric Simmons. In tune with the evening, the cricketers indulged in some playful banter.

Even as Irfan blushed after one of the pageant participants expressed her keen desire to go on a date with the good-looking cricketer, Warner conceded that he is a "bit of a prankster" of the team. All smiles, the Aussie was responding to an accusation that he was the team's 'bully'.

As far as playing pranks were concerned, Warner said Naman Ojha was his favourite target. It seemed as if the roles were reversed for the players and the ones walking the ramp. Both sides deserve a pat on their back, as they performed their roles effortlessly.

If the questions the cricketers posed were tricky, the answers were quite impressive. One doesn't really expect a professional model to comfortably answer questions on cricketing terminologies such as super over and doosra. The cricketers, too, looked willing to indulge in light-hearted conversations.

When asked what they normally do during the strategic timeouts in the Indian Premier League, Simmons said: "It can be used for tactical reasons. We discuss and communicate tactics."

And how challenging is coaching a team in IPL, the South African said, "Coaching is a real challenge in IPL. Its a fantastic concept. Different cricketing minds are mould to form one team."

To which Irfan added, "Everyone is a different character, from different backgrounds, it gives different perspective."

PTI

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