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Mandira Bedi... No more a laughing stock.

ALMOST A year since she beguiled the gentleman with her gaze and trivialised his game with her goof-ups, Mandira Bedi asserts that her understanding of cricket has increased manifold and has succeeded in effecting her brief - to make cricket a complete family game.

"You can't please everybody. Yes, a section of the media criticised me but my job from the beginning was not to comment on cricket. I was roped in as a cricket presenter with the idea to put across the common man's, especially housewives', observations to the panel of seasoned cricketers."

Point taken, but interjecting veterans of the trade like Tony Greig with questions bordering on silliness leading to her being reduced to just an eye-catching break announcer by the end of the tournament was also live and exclusive for the followers of the game. "Some banter is always good," comes the reply for the first, adding, "And nobody can say I was reduced to an announcer for commercial breaks."

Not ready to accept that she didn't know anything about cricket before the assignment, Mandira however, affirms that her life has changed by "180 degrees" after the World Cup. "I knew about cricket but imagine a viewer is put in the company of senior cricketers and that too live. It was my first experience presenting a live show, so some problems were bound to happen." "I feel connected with the game. I am associated with women's cricket and follow the game keenly by reading sports magazines regularly."

Put her claims to the test and the lady, who is also credited with sparking off the daily soap syndrome on television with "Shanti" and will soon be seen in husband Raj Kaushal's take on marriage, "Shaadi ka Laddoo" followed by "Divorce", manages to analyse the Indian challenge in Pakistan with remarkable clarity. "See, history is not on our side as we haven't won a single test in Pakistan, but I think this team has the firepower to do it," comes the balanced reply. Moving on to batting, "Sachin is long overdue, Rahul is as reliable as ever and Saurav is a great captain." No comment on the skipper's batting prowess and his consistent failure against the short ball, even against A-sides? "Don't talk about dress rehearsals. Wait for the main show. I wish his game works," enters the common man's perspective.

As for the young and inconsistent bowling attack, Mandira, who will be in Lahore for two matches, evaluates that Zaheer has a tendency to be a bit rusty after a layoff and will soon get his rhythm back. She has full faith in Irfan Pathan.

All analysed and assessed, Mandira, waiting for her second innings to start with the Champions Trophy, reiterates, "I want to remain a sports presenter." We will settle for this draw.

ANUJ KUMAR

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