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
We want to know about it all
Delhi is often referred to as “The heart of India” and this heart beats for cricket. Cricket is not merely a game that is played in this city. Cricket is a phenomenon that affects almost every household. It is a religion that cuts across the religions marked by temples and mosques. You would find cricket lovers everywhere, some of them will be perfectionists, the knowledgeable purists. At another place, you will find others, who will hardly know the difference between an edge and a miss. However, in Delhi you will find a perfect mix. There are kids, who would save their stock of crackers on Diwali, only to burst them on an Indian win. Every kid out there on the streets claims to hold the bat like Sachin, Rahul and every bowler wants to bowl swingers like Praveen Kumar at the pace of Dale Steyn. On days when there is a special game taking place, like an India-Pakistan game, family get-togethers are organized. Special food cooked and streets are often deserted if the game turns really interesting. Temple prayers are shortened or lengthened, depending on how well India does in the game. Even the small roadside eateries and kiosks put up television sets and even projection televisions during events like IPL and T20 games. DDCA, the local cricketing body, has a fairly structured local cricket schedule with tournaments round the year. There are scores of cricket clubs, playing a very competitive level of cricket. This perennial craze for the game and the fairly abundant talent as well as resources have ensured that Delhi cricket has continuously contributed to the Team India. Whether it be a breathtaking hitter like Virender Sehwag, stylish and confident young talent like RCBian Virat Kohli or the pace bowling spearheads like Ashish Nehra and Ishant Sharma, Delhi’s pool of superstar never dries up. In the days (Sunil Gavaskar era) when Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy team was considered to be mightier than the National team, Delhi was the team to take them head on. In the period between 1978-87, the team reached the finals of the premier tournament, 8 out of ten times, winning four and losing the other four. Being the national capital and one of the biggest and richest cities in the country, Delhi also has its own IPL team ‘The Delhi Daredevils’. Despite the craze and huge support for the local cricket, Delhi cricket lovers are sensible and to a great deal appreciative of good performers. The kind of support that Anil Kumble or Rahul Dravid get, everytime they walk on the Kotla field is a testimony to this fact. There is a fair bit of RCB support and some of the most fanatic RCBians (I am proud to count me in this bracket) come from Delhi. Reason being, there are enough knowledgeable youngsters, who support performers and their loyalties are to the game. As the CLT20 is coming up, the RCB fan base in cosmopolitan Delhi is only growing rapidly.
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.
The slight drizzle that soaked the cityscape was a little scary. Trudging along the kit wielding warriors of ‘A Block Team’, I prayed in silence that the drizzle may please be postponed till the end of the coveted SF of ‘IPL’ (Indraprastha Premier League, in case you don’t know the full form ) When the heart is kind, God is not blind and he did listen to the prayers. Heavenly sprinklers turned off, cool breeze turned on, it was an ideal weather to enjoy a nice Sunday cricket match. All set to go, stumps rooted in, both teams on the ground, we waited. Suddenly it dawned on me, why were we waiting when all was supposedly set. “The prize money, the winning team is to get Rs 500 and the sponsor has forgotten to carry his purse to the ground. We won’t be taking to the field unless the money is shown.” B Block team captain answered my query. Cricket and its glorious uncertainties, what can you say Well, the game did start after a delay of 15-20 minutes and team ‘A’ won the toss, deciding to bat (I guess the decision was more based on the probability of the rains looming above and they didn’t want to lose out the chance to hit some balls before scampering for cover if it rained). They batted pretty decently and did manage to reach 55/2 in 4.1 overs when a short ball from a pacer reared up and smacked into the face of the guy batting. He curled over onto the pitch with his hands clasped against his face. We all ran to the rescue of our team-mate. To our relief it was only a minor splitting of the skin near the left eyebrow and nothing to worry about. Yet the guy claimed that the bowler had deliberately hit him and a mini quarrel ensued. In street cricket, the best thing is, that the controversies are as weird as possible and their solutions are equally weird. The bowler was chucked out of the playing eleven and the game resumed. Our team scored a total of 91 in the quota of ten overs. After the lunch break comprising of bottled water and chana kulcha and burgers from a nearby outlet, team B went in to bat. As the fastest bowler of my team, I went to the bowling mark and expected to bowl the opening spell, only to be told that the captain wanted to try out the weaker bowlers first. I grumpily went on to field at my position of mid off . After 68 runs being conceded in the first six overs, finally the ball was handed over to me. In my typical style, I bowled a quick full one sliding into the leg stump with an angle and by the time the batsman could react, there were only two sticks behind him. Everyone erupted with joy and I glared at my captain for making me wait so much and endangering our win. I bowled another delivery outside the off stump which went past the new batsman and suddenly I saw him walking towards the umpire. “He jumps a bit too high while delivering the ball and I am not able to see the ball clearly. It is quite dark and ask him not to jump so high otherwise we will call off the game.” He said to the umpire. Mine as well as our team’s protests were futile and I was told to curtail my run up and my jump if the game had to be finished. Half heartedly, I finished the over somehow and didn’t bowl another one. The situation in the end was such that they needed four runs off three balls with their last batsman in. He sliced the ball very high on the off side and everyone shouted towards me to catch it. I ran frantically trying to get underneath the skier and just as I was about to reach it, I lunged forward only to find uneven ground under my feet and went flying forward, exactly at the time when I grabbed the ball (rather, the ball found my palms), only to crash hard a few feet further. “What a catch! Wow! Superb!” Everyone acclaimed as I grimaced on the ground. “What a superb dive man!” The rival team’s captain patted my back as he congratulated us for such a win. I stumbled back to my feet and while walking back, tried hard to find the exact spot which sent me off balance and made me a hero. The rains, as if they were being coordinated with cinematic precision came down heavily, curtaining the ground and bringing to end a memorable IPL match for me.
I CAN BE RCB'S CHIEF BLOGGER BECAUSE..
Being RCB’s Chief Blogger is not just about being able to churn out post after post. It is about making an impact with each writeup that one posts. It is about entertaining every reader out there, who looks forward to some special bytes from a coveted angle. This is where a passion for refined writing is as vital as sound cricketing knowledge and the passion to support our team. When one goes out there after winning the Fanatic Fans Challenge and dons the role of the official Blogger, that person is not just expected to write blogs. The Chief Blogger is expected to create scenes, make the readers see visuals, make them feel the atmosphere, through his writeups. His narratives have got to make the reader live the games and the happenings through them. To accomplish this, one has to have good knowledge of the game, its trends and everything else associated with it. One also needs to be, not just good in terms of vocabulary and grammar, but, creativity. It’s not always the stiff upper lip English that is needed to create magic, but, also the street parlance. The ‘Chief Blogger’s passion for RCB should be unbridled and should be felt by others and not just claimed by him. I have been fortunate to be associated to such a great cricket team. My passion for the city’s cricketers turned into an unbreakable bond when a newcomer J. Srinath rattled the timber behind a shrewed and seasoned Javed Miandad with a fierce yorker. That delivery delivered such an impact on a 13 year old school-kid that he remodelled his bowling action to copy India’s best fast bowler. Seasons changed, but, loyalty remained and it was a natural choice to pick RCB when Bangalore got its IPL team. As a Fanatic Fan of the team, I have been actively involved in various initiatives, was a part of the first ever Fan Summit and I just hosted the Delhi fan meetup, details of which would be soon available in ‘RCB Fanzine’ which is yet another of my initiatives for my team and its fan base. Those, who are not yet familiar with my writing, may kindly take a look at the links below to get an idea of my writing style. http://wizardprince.sulekha.com/blog/post/2010/04/a-fanciful-flight.htm (poetry) http://wizardprince.sulekha.com/blog/post/2010/02/return-of-mahabharata-thane-2010.htm (humor) http://wizardprince.sulekha.com/blog/post/2010/01/dream-machines-in-the-neighborhood-ii.htm (photo-blogging) http://wizardprince.sulekha.com/blog/post/2009/08/is-your-wife-your-personal-property-think-twice.htm (social evils) http://wizardprince.sulekha.com/blog/post/2009/09/spicing-up-life-my-style-eyc-74.htm (Lifestyle and relationships) http://wizardprince.sulekha.com/blog/post/2007/11/do-you-have-15-spare-minutes-this-diwali.htm (social cause) These are, but, just a few specimens to display my passion for writing and the creativity that I can show as the ‘Chief Blogger’ of RCB. As far as my cricket or RCB related writeups are concerned, you can check them all at royalchallengers.com fan club posts, therefore, I haven’t linked them above.
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