Wo-man, she’s a fan!
Our guest Diva piece written by sports journalist and RCB fan Ikyatha Yerasala.
“YOU are a cricket fan? But you’re a GIRL!” Yes, that’s just one of those ridiculous lines girls who follow sport get to hear. The IPL has its fair share of female fans and mind you, they aren’t just swooning over Kohli’s good looks or ABD’s charm. (But hey, they don’t mind some eye-candy!) These ladies understand their game and have immense passion for cricket. A few die-hard RCB Divas get talking about their love for cricket that has broken the ludicrous ‘women don’t like sport' stereotype.
Namita Rai, a staunch RCB follower says, “Growing up, no guy would have a serious conversation about cricket with me. They’d laugh it off often saying ‘oh, you’re in it for the boys.’Well, you can’t not like some eye-candy! But we also appreciate the game. The IPL has definitely increased the female fan following – providing us with shorter and more thrilling games. But, there’s nothing like watching an ODI.” She recollects how she’s spent quite a few nights sulking over India’s loss in the World Cup, during her school board exams. “Be it T20, ODI or Test, for the love of the game, gender doesn’t matter,” opines Namita, adding, “”I love Kohli. He’s a very controlled player and one of the best fielders.”
Student Shravni Ramkumar might live in the US, but that hasn’t stopped this Bengalurean from religiously following RCB’s matches, even if it means waking up 4 am. “The players represent the flavor of the city – fun, determined and focused. I’ve grown up in a cricket crazy family and my school consisted of cricket lovers from all across the country. We’d even play the fantasy league. The boys and I would have discussions about the game – my Dad’s taught me quite a bit. I’ve even made it a point to start following women’s cricket,” she shares.
Labeling business development manager Nida Zubair a Yuvraj ‘fanatic’ would be an understatement, thanks to her undying affection for Yuvi. “It all began during the NatWest series, when he won the cup for us. He’s the most stylish batsman I’ve ever seen. He’s aggressive and the power he has in his shots is incredible. Yuvi’s fielding is what caught my attention initially.”
As for cricket being called a ‘guy thing’, she says, “To me, following the game is normal as I’ve grown up in a family that loves cricket. I’ve woken up at 3 am to watch India touring Australia. I’d even bunk college to watch the Tests. I watch every form of cricket. When I’m watching the game and give my views on an LBW, some of the guys go ‘How do you know?!’ It’s fun! It’s good to see so many women following the game now.”