From tennis ball cricket, power naps to singing: How cricket stars killed the time during rain breaks

By India Today Sports Desk: West Indies vs India’s 2nd Test match at the Port of Spain was interrupted by rain several times on Day 4. The momentum was halted by showers several times as India hunted a clean sweep under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma.

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Zaheer Khan, known for his exceptional bowling skills, revealed that the love for cricket among the players was so intense that even heavy showers couldn’t stop them from playing. The dressing room would transform into an indoor cricket ground, with tennis balls replacing the traditional leather ones.

“If it’s a heavy shower and you’re going to just be sitting in the dressing room and can’t go out onto the field, you find different ways,” Khan said on Jio Cinema during the break. He fondly recalled playing plastic or tennis ball cricket to kill time in the dressing room.

However, not all players shared Khan’s enthusiasm for continuous play. VVS Laxman, another stalwart of Indian cricket, preferred to use the rain delay for a power nap. Khan humorously recounted how Laxman would quickly find a comfortable corner and drift off to sleep.

The anecdotes weren’t limited to the Indian dressing room. West Indies legend Courtney Walsh took the viewers back in time to the dressing rooms of the 1980s and 1990s. He shared stories of his teammates who turned musicians during rain delays.

“We had people that would like bands. In our dressing room, we had Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, and Curtly Ambrose played in a band,” Walsh reminisced.

These stories offer a glimpse into the camaraderie and spirit that exists within cricket teams. They highlight how players adapt to unexpected situations, turning potential boredom into moments of fun and bonding.

As we return to the present, the final day of the ongoing Test series between India and West Indies is poised for an exciting finish. The West Indies team will resume their chase of a daunting target of 289 runs, with eight wickets in hand. Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Jermaine Blackwood will open Day 5, following the loss of Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk McKenzie’s wickets at the end of Day 4. Mohammed Siraj, who was lethal against the team’s lower order in the first innings, will be a key player to watch.

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