Some time ago, to coincide with the World Cup in the Windies, TVC selected its most annoying ODI XI, which featured: Graeme Smith (captain), Matthew Hayden, Sourav Ganguly, Kevin Pietersen, Inzamam ul Haq, Andrew Symonds, Paul Nixon (wk), Shane Warne, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Glen McGrath and Andre Nel.

Now, I am soon going to have to do another, probably focusing on test cricket, and someone that is getting close to being included is Zaheer Khan. I’ve always had a lot of respect for Zaheer, despite the jelly bean incident, but he is gradually becoming a right whinger. Proof today, he managed to find himself in the way of Matthew Hayden (still annoying) running a quick single. Hayden knocked into him on the way past trying desperately to make his ground, was held up, and ended up being run out by 6-inches or so.

So what was Zaheer’s response? Run up to congratulate his mate at mid-off who executed the direct hit? Celebrate wildly? No, he went up the umpire to cry like a baby that Haydos had run into him! Even a Premiershit footballer wouldn’t be that ridiculous.

This was not a Nimbus Sport production for the Indian cricket board of control.

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