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Results of Mischief Gals Poll : An Analysis

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10:12 AM


Following are the results of a poll conducted on RCB blog :


If I were Pratibha Patil, I would invite the WCWHB party to form the government. The single “Other” {Nirdaliya) is all they need to woo to reach the critical halfway mark. In fact, even the second biggest opposition party with 32% votes wouldn’t mind giving outside support to WCWHB, a party that is keen to follow traditions but is brave enough to entertain experiments.

So strong is the winning party’s philosophy that the ideologically opposite and right-wingish NCAA (No Cheerleaders at all) party members are being speculated as lunatics. More about this loser party, later.

Let’s have a look at the demographic distribution of supporters of these parties. As is the norm in media, I would ignore the Nirdaliya.

1. WCWHB: Hope shines out from the party’s name. Remember Obama’s campaign. Those who voted for WCWHB, saw a colorful future. The fusion promised the taste of old and a sight of new, a beautiful amalgamation of different cultures wink. A few nerds too joined these guys just out of curiosity. They mistook the rhetorical beginning “Why can’t we” literally.

2. ILWMG (let’s have foreign cheerleaders): Some might accuse this party of patronizing anything foreign. The nasty ones can even smell racism (I love WHITE Mischief Gals). Truth is that this party liked what it has seen so far (understandably) and hence is resisting the change.

3. IP(We should have Indian cheerleaders): One might recall “Videshi Hatao, Swadeshi Apnao” days. The party should now look at the benefits of globalization that this country is reaping. Whenever Ross Taylor hits the ball for a six, we would love to see Indian cheerleaders dancing with dandiya sticks, but wouldn’t it be nice to have the foreign ones with pom-poms to compliment them. By the way, dandiya sticks would be so cool with some steps. grin

4. NCAA: Sadist would be a stronger word for the party. One out of the four is a not-so-considerate-wife. The second one doesn’t have a Tv and follows cricket on cricinfo. Third one is a religious fundamentalist with misplaced interests. Fourth one is Kallis himself, the one whose sister Janine dances for the opposition. As a cheerleader in the IPL 2008, Janine started dancing at the fall of a RCB wicket only to discover it was brother Jacques trudging back to the pavilion. "I don't mind really," said Kallis. "Except, she really did seem to be doing her job very well when I was out. She didn't have to look so pleased!"

I am so glad that the party I voted for won. It helps recover from the blues mentioned here after the CL got over.


Conclusion: Cheerleaders, as a rule, are all good.

-Prashant Dhanke

The Stadium On The Night Of Diwali

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM


To be honest, I didn’t expect the Chinnaswamy stadium to be full and that too with fans cheering on top of their voices on the Diwali evening. Not when RCB was already out of reckoning and a security scare. Neither did I anticipate that the team would actually finish off the Daredevils with 29 balls to spare.

Therein lies the explanation. The 40,000 strong crowd believed in the team and was there to show its love and support. The team responded to that faith and to Ray’s parting words in the team meeting “Let’s create something special tonight; thousands would be looking at us for the inspiration”.

No one who was present at the stadium this Diwali would ever forget the night. The sky was lit with fire-works for ages. An official told me that the stadium has never been so noisy since the 1996 India-Pakistan Quarter Final. No mean feet by any standards, my friends. The victory lap after the match might very well be the scene by which this tournament would be remembered ten years from now.

Having sung the glory of the night let me also tell you about a couple of relatively unimportant facts. Over half the Daredevils supporters with blue flags in the crowd were fake opportunists cool grin . Flags, both blue and red, were being distributed freely outside the stadium and with typical Indian mentality some grabbed whatever they could. A stand on my left was half blue when Sehwag was blazing, and turned completely red by the time Ross went on with his job.

I also happened to meet winners of the twitter contest held by Lalit Modi. All the guys were seated in J-corporate box and they got a taste of what I meant by “unlimited supply of food and booze”. One of the winners, Hrish had my number and we met near the bar. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that some of them have been reading my posts. They insisted on clicking a photo with me. Since my face isn’t a value-add on any snap, we came up with the following solution:


Later on these guys succeeded in scoring a snap with Sunil Gavaskar himself.

PS: I would be writing a few more posts which were planned but couldn’t be completed due to the early exit. Although, the comments sections have been deserted off late, I know your souls are begging for more. smile

Anil Kumble’s Dinner Party

Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 11:56 PM


The team had a gala time last night at Anil’s place while celebrating Kallis’s and Anil’s Birthday and Diwali. We were simply blown away by the Anil and his wife Chetana’s hospitality. Along with the tastiest food which comprised of Thai and Indian cuisine, on offer were drinks and cocktails.

I got a call from a friend in the midst of the party. It was a joy to casually mention my whereabouts.

Team gelled well with the small group of about 40 other guests. Little kids were the actual heroes as players lined up to have snaps with them. The team analyst Prasanna brought his son Sachin and daughter Lara to the party. Siva’s wife and son too enjoyed the company of players.

Though I did have my scotch on the rocks, none of the players went beyond diet coke. Players found much better ways to entertain themselves. Ross was a hit with the cook-force. On being told that he s not doing bad with the Paranthas, he responded with, “Wait till tomorrow morning to find out.”

Roelof freaked out the first time he heard a loud fire-cracker go boom. Dale, in absence of any wild-life, went about clicking people in awkward poses. The sense of timing required in the wild did help him get some excellent shots.

Virat, Praveen and the company were busy pulling each other’s legs. Kumble invited Kallis to cut the cake, which Theo, the team’s protection-head, liked so much that he gobbled up six pieces of it in no time.

On our way back to the bus, Anil’s neighbors were eagerly waiting with firecrackers. The bus was waiting around 200 meters from Anil’s place and each family on our way back got one or the other player to light the crackers for them. Check Siva’s space for the photos.

At the bus-entrance, I found Ray talking to a twelve year old. Ray got the boy every player’s autographs and said, “I want to see you playing for RCB six years from now”.

A Very Happy Diwali to all of you, friends. May the festival bring joy and prosperity to you.

Fun In Practice Sessions

Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 02:16 AM


We are on the ground for practice session today. The team is playing a game of football today. We have Vinay,Dale, Rahul, Akhil, Roelof,Manish and Theo (Protection-man of the team) on one side while Robin, Virat, Kumble, Bishnoi, Ross, Bhuvaneshwar and Praveen on the other side.

Two days ago, the team practiced under the lights. For someone like me, who hadn’t played cricket beyond a mentionable level, it was quite a revealing experience.

I slipped twice on the dew while trying to escape the ball coming from the nets on the other side. The lights really pierce your eyes when you look up towards a ball being hit in air. Plus we have the attention-seeking insects. They keep sitting on your hands or love dancing in front of your eyes.

Then I walked behind the batsman when Dale and Vinay were bowling. I stood some 15 feet behind the stumps, safe in the knowledge that a net lies in between me and the ball. It was hard not to recoil and blink whenever any of the Steyn’s delivery escaped the bat and hit the net right in front of me.

After the practice session, we returned to the players-room. All players were glued to the Deccan chargers vs Trinidad match on Tv. The otherwise silent Rahul still screamed like a schoolboy on watching Pollard hit a flat six.

When Mohammed was hit by a bouncer, Dravid, Roelof and Dravid started discussing the hits they have received on their heads. Kumble recalled being hit badly on his chin once. “You aren’t a cricketer if you haven’t been knocked down even once” concluded Boucher.

On our way back to the hotel, Virat and Praveen took it upon themselves to teach some “colloquial” Hindi words to Ross & Ray which might come in handy while sledging on the field. The foreign players were already aware of the most common ones. I must say, Ross has admirable linguistic abilities. He was quick to pick the nuances of gender specific grammar in Hindi (e.g. “Jayegi for a girl and “Jayega” for a boy) and was soon hurling complete “meaningful” sentences. Praveen warned Ray and Ross not to use the newly taught skills in the hotel.

It was a laugh riot all the way. Siva had posted some of the photos during the ride in his posts. Thankfully, his camera captures only the images.

As of now, the football match is over. Yellow team (the one with Vinay and Rahul) defeated the Reds by 5 goals to 3. They have started another fun game now. I would dedicate another post to describe the games that they play in practice sessions. The latest game ends with Reds winning and Praveen receiving a high-five from Ross with a “Taali de bhai”.

Strictly For The Optimists

Friday, October 16, 2009 at 08:27 AM


We are still not out of reckoning my friends. There still is a possibility for us to scrape through. We have three more League matches remaining. Following should happen in those matches:

1.Cape Cobra Vs Victoria Bushrangers: We want VB to register as emphatic win as possible.
2.Cape Cobra Vs Delhi Daredevils: We want Delhi Daredevils to win, but not by a huge margin.
3.Delhi Daredevils Vs RCB: We, of course want us to win by a huge margin.

To summarize, we would want Victoria Bushrangers to finish with 6 points while the other three teams to finish on 2 points each. Even after that we need net run-rate to favor us.

Stranger things have happened in cricket and in real life.


Just came from the team meeting. The mood was much lighter today as compared to the earlier meeting. Boys looked pretty confident and resolute. But the most notable trait was the camaraderie amongst the players.

It’s heartening to see a budding young Indian player sitting between the best South African wicket-keeper and the fearless New Zealander. The last victory, the weeklong stay and the coach’s efforts, together have combined to bring the boys so close that it appears as if the team had been playing together for years.

In the meeting, the coach applauded the team’s effort in the previous match and highlighted the fact that the team never let the intensity slip till the last wicket was over. He even got calls from his peers from South Africa who noted the determination with which the team kept the match in throughout in hand.

Ray felt that we can still improve our fielding and called on youngsters like Virat to set the examples in the field.

Ray also mentioned about the two of the senior most players’ birthdays this week and called on players to gift them victories in the next two matches. Kallis would be celebrating his 34th Birthday tomorrow. Anil’s Birthday is on the day of Diwali when we would be facing the Delhi Daredevils. How big can a day get? By the way, the three fanatic fans have personal invitations to Anil’s B’day party.

The meeting ended with this wonderful video that Ray has prepared using Siva's photographs to highlight the joys of success and togetherness.


The Eleven Year Old Fan

Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 08:50 PM


Unbelievable as it may sound, yesterday Siva and I felt the urge to move out of the hotel for a couple of hours. It’s been a long time since we had paid for what we ate or drank and so just for the heck of it, we went to Brigade Road to have some beer in a pub.

Once done with the customary toast to RCB, Siva opened his laptop to upload the video he had prepared. A waiter positioned himself behind Siva to have a look at it. We both were wearing the team T-shirts at the time. He learnt from us, our role in RCB.

It was my turn to ask questions after that. We learnt that his name is Nagraj and that he is from Mangalore. He spoke Hindi fluently.

“Sir, how much is the ticket for our team’s match?” Nagraj finally gathered the courage to ask the question.

“Must be around 200”, I said.

“Sir, nothing in 100?” he enquired.

I nodded in negative without meeting his eyes.

“My son has been insisting on seeing the match Sir”

‘How old is he?”

‘Eleven, sir. His name is Karthik.”

I had seen my first live match when I was thirteen. I still remember every hour of it. It was the Hero Cup 1993 match between India and Zimbabwe which ended in a Tie. The match was during the same Diwali season and I had purchased a T-shirt with caricatures of Indian Players on it as my Diwali dress.

“The ticket for other team’s matches is cheaper” I suggested to Nagraj.

“Sir, what’s the point in watching a match in which our team is not playing”
I didn’t have an answer to that.

“Would you get a leave for the match?”

“Sir, I would take an off for my son. But I cannot spend more than 200 on the tickets”.

Siva and I tipped him well before leaving the pub. Let’s hope that tonight RCB provides entertainment enough for Karthik to keep jumping with joy, even if he is not able to join the team at the stadium.

How To Ambush The Bushrangers

Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 07:19 PM


Good morning folks.

So Victoria Bushrangers it is for dinner tonight.

As we did against the Otago Volts, we invite the strategies for tonight's match from our fans which would be validated by the team-analyst. This time we would want to go a little more granular.

Apart from the usual questions that were asked here, please also tell who you think are the danger-men and how should they be tackled.

There's a team-meeting at noon and we shall be updating you guys with what transpires there.
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Results of Mischief Gals Poll : An Analysis
- RoyalPhantom, Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Stadium On The Night Of Diwali
- RoyalPhantom, Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Anil Kumble’s Dinner Party
- RoyalPhantom, Saturday, October 17, 2009
Fun In Practice Sessions
- RoyalPhantom, Saturday, October 17, 2009
Strictly For The Optimists
- RoyalPhantom, Friday, October 16, 2009
The Team Meeting Before The Match With Victoria Bushrangers
- RoyalPhantom, Friday, October 16, 2009
The Eleven Year Old Fan
- RoyalPhantom, Thursday, October 15, 2009
How To Ambush The Bushrangers
- RoyalPhantom, Thursday, October 15, 2009
From The Team Analyst
- RoyalPhantom, Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Criminal
- RoyalPhantom, Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Road Ahead To The Semis
- RoyalPhantom, Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Team Meeting Before The Match With Otago Volts
- RoyalPhantom, Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Your Strategy Please
- RoyalPhantom, Monday, October 12, 2009
Meet The RCB Analyst
- RoyalPhantom, Monday, October 12, 2009
More about the RCB Team
- RoyalPhantom, Monday, October 12, 2009
Roofy is Fine
- RoyalPhantom, Sunday, October 11, 2009
Send Your Questions to Anil Kumble
- RoyalPhantom, Sunday, October 11, 2009
RC “Face of Challenge” Contest Winners’ Announcement
- RoyalPhantom, Sunday, October 11, 2009
A Few Anecdotes from the Team Hotel
- RoyalPhantom, Saturday, October 10, 2009
Excerpts from Dale Steyn’s Chat with Fans during the First Match
- RoyalPhantom, Saturday, October 10, 2009
Initial Analysis
- RoyalPhantom, Friday, October 09, 2009
Always Look At The Bright Side Of Life
- RoyalPhantom, Friday, October 09, 2009
Young players’ moods on the first day
- RoyalPhantom, Thursday, October 08, 2009
The First Team Meeting
- RoyalPhantom, Thursday, October 08, 2009
The Wonderland
- RoyalPhantom, Thursday, October 08, 2009
Thanks and Cheers to all the RCB fans
- RoyalPhantom, Monday, October 05, 2009