Can you imagine a former Prime Minister, meandering around a cricket ground without any bodyguards?
Former Australia Prime Minister John Howard and his wife Janette, also a member of the Liberal Party, went unnoticed through hundred-odd people after stumps were drawn here yesterday.
John Howard at the Adelaide Oval yesterday. Piv/Sai Mohan
Howard was just about to leave the premises of the Adelaide Oval when MiD DAY greeted him, "Did you enjoy the cricket today, sir?" He replied promptly: "I sure did. But, I am coming back tomorrow (today) to hopefully watch Sachin Tendulkar score his hundredth international hundred. It's also Australia Day and your (India's) Republic Day. Could there be a better stage to do it?"
Howard, felt Australia's crowd deserved more from the summer. "I was expecting one of the toughest contests in a long time. I thought we were going to see one of the best match-ups. But unfortunately for the public that has come in, it's just been one-way traffic."