Towards the end of his career, Navjot Singh Sidhu, or more popularly known as ‘Sherry’, earned a title for himself that no cricket fan could’ve ever imagined. He was called Jonty Singh for his daredevil fielding.
No other 35 year old flew like Sidhu. He did it with grace and class. Much like his TV segments.
Sadly, he couldn’t take it to the next level because he was on the wrong side of 30s.
Now, 16 years since he last played an international match, Navjot Singh Sidhu has decided to play for India again. He was recently spotted by some young cricketers at Feroz Shah Kotla, sweating it out on the field.
“I want to play for India again. I’ve had a very good career in show business and now I think the time is right to do what I once did best, that is play cricket,” said Navjot Sidhu on the sidelines of a press conference at Hotel Lalit (New Delhi).
His selection, however, will be anything but an ordinary task. Team India is going through a change where only young players are being preferred. The average age of the team has come down to 26.
Sidhu, now 51, is receiving training from Ganesh Acharya on how to lose his belly fat.
“He moves really well for a 51 year old. My task is to reduce his body fat,” said Ganesh Acharya. When asked why he himself never tried losing weight, the acclaimed choreographer said, “I believe in helping others before helping myself.”
Sidhu says that he is targeting the Sri Lankan series, which will be Kumar Sangaakkara’s last outing, as his comeback series. He also said that he wanted Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan back in the Sri Lankan squad because he thinks the current bowling attack lacks quality. “They will prepare me for the years to come. I need to face quality bowlers,” said Sidhu
As ambitious and as it a sounds, Sidhu, if he gets selected, wants to play for 15 years. He also plans to continue his TV career.
When asked if it will be possible for him to manage politics and cricket at the same time, Sidhu said, “Oh guru, asli mazaa toh maidan mai hai, manch toh aaj hai, kal nahi. Baaki sab Wahe Guru ke haath. Thoko taali!”
Will he make a comeback?? Will Sherry paaji set the pitch on fire? Only time will tell.