Cricket & your City, Cricket in your City
Tell us about cricket and what it means to your city, how it is followed, any RCB fans there?
We want to know about it all
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Cricket is a game that everyone loves to see, play, talk . Everyone says it unites a country. Bullets below, 1I - One India 1B – One Bengaluru 1I) Country where cricket is a religion - Cricket teaches you how to talk, every morning before a game of cricket & after match ends. In offices, at schools, even ladies at home talk about this great game. 1B) In the Garden City of Bengaluru - We talk cricket with people sitting near us in buses, coffee shops. We talk to policemen near the Chinnaswamy stadium about RCB team. We view cricket as a way of introducing with people of all classes. 1I) Country where TV's are shutdown when India loses - Cricket shows you different countries, their traditions. I for one was very passionate about seeing Pre and Post cricket shows, I learnt a lot about locals of a particular country, the way they celebrate cricket. In India its about passion, streets are empty before a big game. 1B) In City where people Dream Big - Cricket showed us Chinnaswamy stadium, beautiful flood lights, great Bengaluru crowd. It showed us Anil Kumble - Javagal Srinath partnership in this very stadium. 1I) Country which goes crazy during IPL - Cricket unites families, friends. We stop working, studying when we need to watch/play a match. 1B) Home of RCB - Cricket shows ways of going to shops on streets to watch the live action. I have stopped many a time in streets to get live score updates, sms a friend, call a relative. Cricket has a power of connecting with your friends, relatives even when you are away from TV/Internet ... 1I) Country whose cricketers are worshipped as gods - In my early days, cricket was just watched on TV. Now a days I see kids blogging, writing reviews. Cricket shows ways to expand your skills, its unmatched in all these respects with many sports. 1B) City which dresses Red and Gold when RCB plays - Old people, mothers, people who are studying, are keen observers of cricket. Youngsters talk about cricket on a weekend when they are chilling out. I like writing anything about cricket. Writing has a power of expressing your views, your notions, your assumptions ... Fan Following * Huuuuuuugeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! When traffic in Bengaluru is damn free on a weekend @ 5pm, you know either that a volcano has erupted nearby or cricket is being played. IPL has made us even more vociferous, more than just blasting crackers after the match ends... * With IPL one thing I see is a lot of passion among people supporting respective clubs. My friend was sharing an interesting snippet the other day. He says his colleague supported MI and he was a hard core fan of RCB. As they both work in the Garden city they went to watch RCB's match VS Chennai in Bengaluru, remember our Robbie ignited that day with some amazing hits to the fence. After a boundary was hit or catch was taken my friend used to wave the RCB flag right infront of that MI supporter. Fans really go gung-ho when their RCB superstars are performing, they can go to an extent of cheering in unusual ways. RCB Fans * We are filled with 'R'ed and Gold 'C'ommonly 'B'alanced Ind'ians' (RCBians) in this city. We have a pool of individuals who are sure to take RCB forward. They are passionate about the RCB team, they have ideas that I am sure will rock the club. We as a city are sure to spread RCB goodwill to many in this state and in the whole of world. * I attended a recent fan meet up in Bengaluru. We met in Amoeba, first for bowling and then at a cafe to talk about RCB. My eyes lit up when I saw lot of young people representing RCB, wearing the jersey. I truly believe that RCB fans are young, exuberant and passionate about the club. I felt myself to be very old seeing the young brigade, most of them studying in colleges. We at RCB have a great opportunity and are in a unique position to capitalize with such a wonderful fan base.
Cover a local cricket match.
How the game was played, controversies on the ground, injuries and who bags the gold at the end
of the match. Build the excitement with your words.
of the match. Build the excitement with your words.
Local cricket match in our area starts late, it ends super-duper late. It starts with waiting for people to come over and ends with people having breakfast at 1:00 pm in the afternoon. Game is played in midst of other teams in the same playfield, 100's of people in the same ground. I wonder what is their to do with the toss, till date I have not seen any captain choosing to bowl after winning the toss. Ahhh, we fight in these matches. There are no marked boundary lines and I am sure many of the players dont even know LOB (Line Of Boundary) till the end of the match. Captains are shouting, players are wondering, umpire is also confused, someone with good voice shouts, that was a 6 and everyone accepts. Match almost always starts with less people , we have a common player(it’s called as alli gundi in local language haha) who bats on both the sides, fields on both sides but doesnt get to bowl. People extend overs as more players come in, every bowler bowls 2 overs atleast, no matter how many runs he gives in the first over. People never get retired hurt here there are very less injuries, but they do get retired because of less strike rate. Everyone wants to bat, if you hit a six of the current ball but you have been playing from long time, you are said to go and take rest. ---- Match we played recently : We play every Saturday and when people are less we club with another team there. We were around 9 people , we took 2 from another team and started playing. Weather : It was little cloudy, with bright sunny patches appearing slowly Start Time : 7:45am Venue : Subhash Chandra Bose Grounds, Rajajinagar, Namma Bengaluru Pitch : Hard and ideal for batting. Toss : My team won the toss and no wonder we batted first No of Overs : 12/Innings Win/Loss Ratio : 1:5 (we had lost 5 matches of the last six we had played). First Half - We started batting slowly, our openers were casual but solid. We made 19 runs in first four overs without losing any wicket. Interesting thing in local matches is, umpire will be from batting side. So batsmen normally get some advice from this person. At the end of 4 overs umpire started yelling 'let’s get going Hudugura' (Hudugura means Boyz). We did start to get going, and scored briskly in next couple of overs, also the opposition bowled lot of extras during this time. In the middle overs sadly we lost the openers and our score at the end of 9th over was 53/3. We knew that their batting line up was strong and on a hard pitch a commendable score was needed. Our hard hitting batsmen did just what the doctor ordered. They hit awesome sixes, few straight over the bowlers’ head of low full tosses and few short arm jabs. Very good running between the wickets also helped. One of our batsmen tapped good balls and called for quick singles. Even though we lost wickets at the end we got a decent 76/7 at the end of 12 overs. I (the poor bowler/tailender) didnt face any balls but ran hard from the non strikers end to ensure we got as many runs as we can at the end. Mid Innings Talk : There team was relaxed, they had a very good batting line up and they were also confident about their winning record with us. Our camp was silently confident, we had decent bowlers and we knew fielding was very essential for us to defend this modest target. Second Half - We started with a 5-4 field (on/off side). In local matches most of the people are patrolling the boundary lines, we normally have two to three fielders in the inner ring. Our opening bowlers (which included me) had to give the team a good start and indeed we did. We got their openers very early, I was feeling in good rhythm that day and was bowling in the right areas. Our second line seam attack continued the good work, we had them 28/5 after 6 overs. Fielding which is a key component and a great support to any bowling line up was awesome, our ground fielding was stupendous and our catching was good. We continued to get wickets and at one stage had them reeling at 37/8 after 8. However the opposition team started the onslaught, their last recognized pair (just shows how deep their batting order was) slowly started taking advantage of our loose and extra deliveries. All of a sudden and within no time they needed 16 of 2 overs. Match had suddenly taken a twist, we luckily got a wicket of the penultimate over and match headed towards a thrilling finale. They needed 9 of the last over, captain called all the bowlers, we had a small discussion, after a lot of yes'es and no'es we decided on our premium bowler (Not me ..). Finally, it came so close that they needed 2 of the last ball, we thought we had lost the match. Surprise surprise, our main bowler bowled a great Yorker, bowled out the last batsman and we won by a single run, just feels great when ball does magic over bat. Its so rare to see that in current international cricket. Thrilling match and all of us huddled and celebrated. I still cherish that moment and always think that cricket is such a leveller. --------------------- We always want to play one match extra, even though we are tired. That last match always is a mini T20 version and is always one sided. At the end, captain who has lost the series treats us, breakfast in the noon and that too for free. It is hard to be a captain in the field in a local match, “I want to bowl”, “I was given one over only”, “I want to trade off, bat first and I wont bowl”, these are the kind of words a captain has to listen and i bet he can’t do anything, but the only easy job for a losing captain is to treat all the players, after a hard day on the field; chilling out in a small darshini (popular in Bengaluru, small joints which are self-serve) is always a pleasure. Time to depart for that day, but with lot of promises that we meet next time with better, "not strategy", "not cricket skills", but "Good darshini to eat". All this because we played cricket.
I CAN BE RCB'S CHIEF BLOGGER BECAUSE..
In my younger days I used to watch a lot of pre match & post match cricket shows. This was the era when ESPN and Star Sports were showing some nice coverage and had great commentators. Slowly I began my professional career which meant that I spent less time watching TV but reading bulletins, newsletters, articles published by leading websites like Cricinfo (now part of ESPN) and Yahoo! Cricket. This had a lot of bearing on my skills to understand the cricketing terms, build my own words, conceptualize a paragraph and write it down. I used to write a lot of articles about cricket matches and send it to my college friends. (uffff and I never knew the term blogging until recently). Writing, especially blogging for me is not just presenting your point of view, but it is about putting together few paragraphs that makes sense. In cricketing world it is being a critic to your favourite team and players as well as explaining the nuances and expressing your passion. Sense of a Blog - Suppose our RCB team does well in a match. A typical blog may appreciate our team effort, the way we won, best players, but it may miss the opportunities we missed, the tactical errors a captain/coach/player made. A no-nonsensical blog should also tell about the improvements that a team needs to make in the future. Say our RCB team does badly, a typical blog may tell about all the bad performances, how it may affect the team’s morale and their chances in a tournament. But my blog will also address why we lost (was our preparation bad, were some players not fit enough, etc.) and positives of course. Let’s write blogs that are no-nonsense, optimistic, little crazy, funny and sensational too.. I am average @ writing, OK at travelling. I am good at commitment, I know RCB's theme where fans contribute hugely to the success of the team. I know for sure that the best way of encouraging our team is to pass the message to the rest of the world. I am sure I can fit into the scheme of things. A RCB Fan -- Sachin Kodagali
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