I eat breakfast three television yards away from four thousand bloggers who are trained to pick me off. So don’t think for one second that you can come down here, flash a bit of cricket knowledge, and make me nervous.
Son, we live in a world that needs money, and that money has to be made by men with the Indian cricket model. Who’s gonna do it? You? Journalists? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for your country and curse the team. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that your country’s loss, while tragic, probably still made the BCCI money. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, makes money. You don’t want the truth – because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on those screens. You need me on those screens. We use words like mirrors, retirements, coaches. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to men who rise and sleep under the blanket of the very insightful comments that I provide, and then question the manner in which I provide them! I’d rather you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise, I’d suggest you pick up a blog host and put up a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!
Ian Chappell has been signed by ESPN-Star as part of its commentary team called “A Few Good Men” along with his “good friends” Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Wasim Akram.
Col. Jessep’s (played fantastically by Jack Nicholson in the film) original lines here.