A Highly popular series when India travelled down under, a series that not many believed India would not be able to last the distance, But the belied expectations and bought the Gavaskar Border Trophy back home. At the same time, Ashwin was creating sounds of a different kind via his youtube channel. I have come to realize that Ashwin besides being the worlds best off spinner is a story teller par excellence. His Kutti series was highly popular and much sought after when he toured Australia. As soon as I heard that Kutti Series was making a comeback this time from England, my ears were all cocked up. I knew that all of us would be in for a visual treat.
Historical win at Lords done and dusted, the next big thing that I would have wanted to know what actually transpired behind the scenes those five interesting days. I did not have to wait for long as the Kutti Story series was back again. Lots of emotions had been exchanged on the field, Lots of mind games and obviously a lot of skill on show. Joe Root seemed to be carrying the expectations of the entire series on his shoulders, while the other batsmen around him seemed to collapse like nine pins.
So what transpired on the fifth day that riled up the Indians so much. It was quite evident that the Indians were on fire. The point is this, when you have your backs to the wall, then even a piece of straw seems like a last resort when you are drowning. Added to it Anderson and Butler had a lot of words to say to the Indians. Its been oft reported that Virat Kohli has a few extra rounds of arsenal added to his aggressiveness, especially when the opponent indulges in sledging. His arms are raised, his eyes extra large, gesticulating to the crowd to get more vocal and all of it pumps him up.
What was said on the field was a different story but it changed the script a whole lot on the final day. There are elements of fun and Humour laced into Kutti Story. When it comes to telling a story especially when it is a Jugalbandhi it becomes very important for your sparring partner to be as vocal, as humorous and as engaging as Ashwin himself. Sridhar, Indias fielding coach matches the tonality that Ashwin brings into the show. Mind you these are not rehearsed shows but as impromptu as it can get. Lots of moments when you can get into peels of laughter moments. The way Ashwin mimics Rajini, The runaway Lorry on Lords Cricket Ground,(You must watch the Kutti Story to understand who it is a reference to.) Batting coach Vikram Rathore scribbling something on a piece of paper during tense moments of the game. You must watch the segment where Ashwin Talks to Shami in Tamil, it will leave you in splits.
Then of course you have the Dumble and Bumble moments on sky, a reference to the ear pieces that the English crowd have taken to in recent times. Radio seems to have made a huge entry once again into the game of cricket and with telling effect. Just when you think that the Kutti Story is coming to an end, Ashwin comes up with the idea of the Sanju-Manju Radio idea, leaving you to hold your sides aching in laughter. Obviously Dil Maange More and it will not be long before the next Kutti Story comes up, and this one hopefully from Leeds. Overall a highly entertaining 20-25 minutes from Ashwin.....These Kutti moments of joy that you are dishing out for your fans are pure gems.... To watch the Kutti Story click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnbxf6-ILGk