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Why gift champagne to my teetotaller son, asks Bhuvi's father

Kiran Pal Singh, father of pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is doubly disappointed. Firstly, because of India’s 1-3 defeat in the Test series to England, and secondly, because his teetotaler son, who was adjudged India’s Man of the Series (nominated by England coach Peter Moores), was presented with a bottle of champagne bottle.


Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls during the second Test at Lord’s last month

“I watched the presentation ceremony after the Test on Sunday. India’s huge margins of defeat (in the series) have hurt me a lot more than Bhuvi winning the Man of the Series award,” Kiran Pal told mid-day from Meerut
yesterday.

Bhuvaneshwar was presented with a cheque and a champagne bottle as has been the norm for award
winners in the series.

“My son is a teetotaller and I don’t know what he will do with this bottle. Bhuvi does not smoke or even touch a glass of wine. I don’t think this practice of gifting champagne bottles exists in other countries. It should be stopped,” Kiran Pal, a former Police Inspector in Uttar Pradesh added.

Bhuvneshwar’s elder sister Rekha though felt that her brother is the best judge of what to do with the bottle. “My brother is matured enough to take his own decision about the champagne bottle. Whether to gift it to the team or keep it as an honour in the cupboard will be his own decision,” she said.

It’s a tradition: ECB
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) media director, Colin Gibson said it is part of their tradition to give away champagne bottles.

“The champagne bottles are supplied by our sponsors. Gifting it is a tradition not just in England but other countries too like Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, etc.

“In India sponsors sometimes give away motorcycles, which doesn’t happen in England. Champagne is also a celebratory item in other sports like motor racing,” Gibson said from London.

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