A man from Room 666 is on the phone.
Man: Hello Front Desk? Can I please get Graeme Smith's room number please? 300? Corresponding to his weight I see...nothing. Thank you.
Man: Hello Fatty..err Smithy, M.S. here. No, I am not some new Saffa player! I am the captain of the Indian cricket team! Yes, that M.S! Non-South Africans are known by their initials too you know? Like KP...oh wait!
Smith: Aww look, how can I help you M.S?
Dhoni: Oh yeah, I wanted to ask you what excuse you are using for the abysmal performance. We didn't do too well you know. Gary said we can't use the IPL again because we used it last time and Lalit wasn't too happy. Plus Twatto was also in the IPL and he isn't tired at all! Between you and me, I think he's on steriods. But it's not like Twatto had to play till the end! I won the IPL you know! As did Albie. How is Albie?
Smith: Albie's fine. And we aren't using any excuses. Majola started recording our excuses so he pretty much has it all by now. We are just saying that we sucked! Maybe you should say that too. That way, others don't get the satisfaction as much and your female fans adore you again.
Dhoni: But it WASN'T my fault! I was in the FINALS of the IPL! I won the cup! I am TIRED! I don't know what excuses the others are giving, but mine is legitimate. And Durby's. The poor guy, bowling four overs every match!
Smith: Aww look, what about Vijay, Zaheer and Raina?
Dhoni: They are young! Plus Zaheer costs a fortune. You are being of no help mate!
Smith: Maybe we should call Chris, see what excuse he is using.
Dhoni: Oh good idea! Let me call him. What's his room number again?
Dhoni: Okay, hang on.
Dials 420. A sleepy man picks up. Even on the phone, you can tell that he has shades on.
Dhoni: Hello Chris? This is M.S. How are you mon? Oh sorry. Yes I know that was terrible. I have Graeme on the other line, let me connect you two. Smith! The fat one? Yes, yes.
Connects the lines.
Chris: Hi Biffy? How was the roast beef tonight?
Smith: I didn't have roast beef tonight.
Chris: Oh, why do they call you Biff then?
Smith: Aww look, let's forget about that. M.S and I want to know what excuse you guys are using for crashing out of the Super 8's.
Chris: No excuse. I am saying Twatto, Witchy and Hads misbehaved with us to get the focus off the loss.
Dhoni: Oooh, very Ricky-like!
Chris: Well, we were there for a while you know. I might as well have picked up something! Their beaches are shit-holes compared to ours. So I had to keep myself occupied elsewhere. But in all honesty, our women's team made the semis, so our people are not that mad. M.S, your women made it too. So take a chill pill. It's Biff who should be worried!
Smith: Worried? I am not worried. There's no one to replace me, no matter what happens.
Dhoni: Same here mate, same here. That's why I put the Aussies to bat first. Wasn't I clever? Anyway, so it seems we are all good. By the way Smithy, I wanted to ask you if you could take some of our boys with you and drop them off to Zimbabwe on the way.
Smith: We aren't going anywhere. We have to play Chris and his boys next, so we are just going to stay put and get nice and tanned. Right Chris?
Chris: You know it mon! Let's see who gets the better tan before the test starts! I am already ahead of you!
Smith: Don't worry Chris, the bet is on! See you later then! Was there anything else M.S?
Dhoni: Can you give me Paul Harris' number? Durby wanted it for some spin consultation...don't know why.
Smith: Yeah I have to look for it. Let me call you back, what's your room number?
Dhoni: 666. I don't know why! Something about how mad the people back home are and effigies. What rubbish! Of course not! Do I look like Ganguly to you? I am much better looking! Just call me back! Okay, bye!