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?
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Having spent a better part of my life in Punjab, when I stepped in Delhi, about half a decade back, they claimed Dilli Dil-walon ki! I wanted to prove them wrong. And with pride I say, I have! After having spent a little over five years here, I can without any doubts, claim the fact that more than the awesome local food, more than the hybrid cultures, more than the stark contrasts in lives and even more than the pride of being the national capital, Delhi proudly calls itself the cricket capital of India! We might not be the land which produced the legends like Gavaskar, Tendulkar or Dravid. We also might not host BCCI or have the NCA for that matter, but we are none too far in terms of talent, knowledge and the enthusiasm for the game! Delhi’s fascination with cricket dates back to the day and time cricket came to India. Cricket is not just a game for Delhi, it’s a phenomenon, a religion that every Delhiite follows despite all odds. Every lane, every school, every ground has cricket running in its blood. Cricket binds the city together. It’s a place where at India Gate, a hundred strangers group together every single day for a relaxing game of cricket! For everyone who’s dream is to be the next Tendulkar or Zaheer Khan, there are others who prefer to stay indoors on a match day and avoid daily chores! For every passionate IPL follower in this city, there is a die hard test cricket fanatic who would still bunk the office to watch the decisive fifth day’s play! We are the pioneers in breaking stereotypes, for Delhi is one city in India where girls are not only equally passionate about the game, they follow it as closely! The city’s passion for cricket reflects in the state of the art infrastructure for nurturing the youth here. More than 95 percent of the schools have cricket coaching facilities in their campus with eminent coaches including the former and well as the current Indian players! From the school level to the club and even DDCA’s cricketing calender is jam packed with activities around the year. Kotla too has had its fair share of sweet memories and of late also controversies. However, by far, it has been a happy hunting ground for the host team. After all who can forget Kumble’s 10 wicket haul in an innings?! The city’s contribution to Indian cricket team needs no mention. From the times of the legendary spinner Bhishen Singh Bedi, to the dashing Ajay Jadeja, to one of the most successful Indian openers, the swashbuckling Virender Sehwag, to the youth brigade comprising Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma and Ashish Nehra, Delhi’s contribution to Team India has been enormous! With the IPL fever kicking in, the passion for the local favorites, The Delhi DareDevils also grips the city for close to forty five thrilling days of fun of the shortest version of the game!
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.
You win some and loose some, but luck plays its own role in the game of cricket. Sadly, VV Club learnt it the hard way! After their third successive entry into the finals of the East Delhi Cricket Championship, the team failed to break the ‘final-jinx’ and lost their third title in the row, this time to arch rivals JM Club by a narrow margin of mere three runs. The finals of the inter-community cricket championship for the local residents of East Delhi, staged for a relaxing Sunday morning had a strong probability for being called off last moment after the heavy downpour the previous night raised concerns over the playing conditions and the swampy outfields of the Aravind grounds. However, cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties, they say. And so is Delhi’s weather! The game did take place as scheduled on what turned out to be a bright sunny day with humidity levels as high as 87 per cent! The weather, however, was too less a deterrent as the captains came out for toss after a mere ten minutes delay due to a technical snag in the scoreboards. Aravind grounds has been a batting paradise and probably for the same reason, Avinash Kumar, the captain of JM club had no hesitations in calling his openers after making a correct call at the toss of the coin. And his men did not disappoint, mounting up a huge 48 in the first five overs itself. It was the change of bowling in the sixth over from Praveen Jha’s side which broke the potentially dangerous partnership for the VV Club. Man of the Match Surender Khanna picking up the first wicket out of the seven he claimed in the match. Khanna ran through the JM middle order with a fiery spell of 4-0-18-7 as JM Club failed to built on the strong opening partnership and lost wickets at regular intervals. The tail-enders, however, did take their team from 67-5 to a respectable 149-9. The last wicket unbroken stand yielded another 12 runs and team piled up a total of 161 at the end of their quota of 20 overs. VV Club too seemed to have lost the early advantage Khanna earned them however, the pitch still did not show any signs of cracking up! The audience started pouring in large numbers by then as VV Club openers made their way into the middle. Having lost the previous two finals, the goal was clear in their minds and the confidence apparent on the faces of the players. VV Club began their chase at an average of a mere five runs per over but the big advantage for them was they had their wickets intact. By the end of seventh over, they succeeded in receding 38 runs from their target. The eight over proved to be the turning point of the game where they lost two quick wickets and the scoreboard read 40-2 with only 12 overs remaining and more than 120 runs yet to be scored. Two new batsmen out in middle and a humongous target to achieve with an already piling up required run rate, an uphill task and the title victory again seemed a dream. However, these two strung together for a strong fifty run partnership in the next seven overs and ensured they keep the wickets in hand for the late assault. 51 required off the last five overs and the match was bound to go down to the wire! Just when the pendulum seemed swinging in their favour again, JM Club’s captain, Kumar uprooted a couple of wickets and triggered the opposition’s collapse. VVC required their last two men to manage 16 off the last six legitimate deliveries. The tail did entertain the crowd with some swashbuckling shots. Three consecutive boundaries after the initial two dot balls meant the last ball had to be sent to the fence. Or over it! Kumar played with all possible permutations combinations and set the field for the last delivery, yorked it close to the foot of the batsmen fielding team goes loud in appeal however the ball was not hit hard enough to even steal a single. Match sealed for the JM club, who won their maiden title by snatching vistory from the hands of what seemed an almost certain defeat. In a good display of the sportsmanship, both teams shook hands on the field and joined each other for the post match celebrations. Man of the Match Khanna, adjudged unanimously for his 7 wicket haul, was also judged Man of the Series for his consistent performance throughout and awarded a cash price of Rs. 10,000.
I CAN BE RCB'S CHIEF BLOGGER BECAUSE..
I’m Purnima Malhotra, a final year B.A. (Hons.) Journalism student from University of Delhi, an aspiring cricket journalist and an ardent Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble fan! No prizes for guessing, Royal Challengers Bangalore is the team I root for! I pride myself on being a girl, who contrary to the norms, is extremely passionate about the game and has quite an exhaustive knowledge about the history and developments of the game as well as of facts and stats of my team players! I might not be a Bangalorean, Punjabi I’m, I might even not be living in B’lore, but with my fanaticism for RCB, I can put any Banglorean to shame, any day! I stand against all odds and intimately follow the team where my heart is and that’s what binds me to RCB! I’m a keen observer and I ardently follow even the minuscule proceedings of the game, be it any form, any team. I can be the chief blogger for RCB because I feel more than the professional skills required for this genre; I have the zeal and the potential to be one. I can narrate my team’s journey to OUR ultimate goal as every fan would wish to know, together with a strict adherence to the ethics! With my writings, I can guarantee to bring in every detail that a fan would want about his team. Analyzing the game to the simplest bits, putting forward the inside scoop and and keeping the fans engaged and informed would be my primary motives. I have a fetish for writing, cricket and traveling and a combination of the three with my team, RCB, whoa! can’t ask for more! My past association with RCB club and the various activities include my participation in various quizzes and crossword, the prized position of a Fanatic Fan, my participation in the previously held FFC-2 and my little contribution back to RCB as the Idea Champion in the Social Media and Mobile Applications category in the recently concluded 1st Annual RCB Fan Summit 2010.
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