Answer to a trivia question or much more?

To be or not to be a trivia question, that is the question Parveez Rasool is now faced with.

updated: August 05, 2013 11:03 IST
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The Wikipedia entry for Sunil Valson goes: "... selected for the 1983 World Cup but never received a chance to play in the tournament. Unfortunately, he never represented India in any international game and remains the answer to the famous trivia question as to who was the only player in India's 1983 World Cup squad who did not play a single match."

I saw this on my nephew's wall the other day with little jokes flying around. Now, I know Mr Valson to be a genial middle-aged man who has a good cricket brain and interesting thoughts to offer. So it set me thinking about this whole trivia question business. It's something so many cricketers, and others, become. Who knows - do they like being one? Surely a Sunil Valson would rather be known as a good medium pace bowler, a left-armer at a time when India didn't have many left-arm speedsters to choose from. But having failed to become the famous cricketer he must have tried to be, is it so bad that he is a trivia question everyone knows the answer to?

It depends, I guess.

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