In Kapil Dev’s first autobiography, By God’s Decree written in collaboration with Vinay Verma, the great Indian all-rounder’s conversation with an official at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport in 1980 went like this:
Official: Any curry in your kit bag?
Official: Any articles of wood?
Kapil: No, sir. I only use aluminum bats.
Kapil’s sense of humour must be appreciated; for being timely too. Only the previous season, Dennis Lillee had got into trouble with his aluminum bat, which he walked out with, in the Perth Test against England. Opposition skipper Mike Brearley objected to it being used and Lillee flung the bat on to the outfield when the umpires found Brearley’s objection valid.