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Move over Vuvuzelas, The Champions League backons
The Karbon Kamaal Catches, the MRF blimp, the IPL Nights, ‘The Beautiful Game’ still reeling under the withdrawal symptoms?? Mired in controversies and riddled with scams, the IPL is done and dusted, so is the Football world cup. Time to wake up to the Clash of the Titans, the Champions League is here.
This cricketing extravaganza, promises to be an edge of the seat entertainer with the worlds’ best teams clamouring for the top spot. The Redbacks, The Bushrangers, The Royal Challengers , The SuperKings, the Central Stags..whoa! Sounds like the slam bang version of the game just got bigger and better.
To top it all the action unfolds in South Africa, where zealous crowds thronging the stadiums, play the best supporting act to the on field action. Toying with the idea of hosting the tournament, either in England or South Africa, ICC’s pick was a wise one. The South Africans have played gracious hosts, even during the IPL 2009. Absolute lovers of the game, they come a close second (of course after we Indians) when it comes to enjoying the gentleman’s game.
That reminds of a rendezvous with Sir, Arrie, an ICC official from Durban, also a RCB enthusiast (thanks to the Protean Powerhouse in the team).
“How do you’ll (Indians) connect with the game so closely? Isn’t hockey you’re your national game?” he asked.
I had a wide grin, being an ardent follower of the game, I wasn’t amused by his query. “Here its our religion and the cricketers, our demigods” and that quite summed it up. Sharing tid bits on how the South Africans were sports lovers, he prided over the fact that they’d be hosting two major sporting events, the Football World Cup and The Champions League this year.
The CLT20 last year served as a perfect set up, the best T20 teams battled it out, with the batsmen, (read Taylor, Pollard, White, Roach and others) playing a supporting act to the Diwali fireworks, with their shots all over the park. This year it promises to be even better with the home teams agreeing to let their players remain with their franchisees.
So when a Taylor plays for RCB not the Central Stags, or Pollard for the Mumbai Indians, the home team would be egged to outdo the IPL teams, that too without their key players. RCB’s opening face-off against Guyana and then the Mumbai Indians, would let them seal a berth for the semis and gain a psychological advantage over the others. And with players like Kallis, Dravid, Steyn , Taylor, Kumble , it would serve as scoop for success. Having played the most number of T20 games, when it comes to the IPL teams, the Royal Challengers do have a excellent chances to emerging victorious this time. With the Protean powerhouse in the coach and the players in the team, they’re all set to play the PARTY POOPERS. Till then its the Wanderers calling for an African Safari!
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