Thursday, April 24, 2008

Yeh IPL ka cricket hain bhidu

Crowds booing "Sreesanth Hai Hai". This could have happened anywhere but in India. Till last Monday.

Then it happened in Jaipur. The reason: Sreesanth gave that stare to a batsman and tried to sledge. The batsmen was Kamran Akmal! See in another context, the Jaipur crowd jeering an Indian bowler cos he took panga with a Pakistani batsman. What would have been unimaginable, just occurred. Akmal plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL and Sreesanth for Kings XI Punjab.

It has happened before too.
The Eden crowd erupts in joy when Laxman, who made magnificent 281 on the same ground years ago, gets out.
Ponting rushing to Ishant Sharma, when the latter is walking back to his run-up, to advise how to bowl against Symonds.

As Dravid said "It's really unusual to come to Bombay, hit a four and see nobody clapping for you." The Mumbai spectators went "Sanath, Sanath" ala "Sachin, Sachin" style.

So barriers are breaking at international level and new divisions are being made at regional level. As long as those divisions confine to cricket, no harm in celebrating the sixes of Hussey off Pathan or the fall of Dravid.

I am hoping that we start taking pride in our local teams as much as we take "pride" in our national team. IPL may just be that catalyst.


raoul said...

What's with all the Google ads? You actually plan to make money off this thing?

Vishesh Agrawal said...

You won't mind clicking on those ads, will you?

Does this count as solicitation, I wonder.

Anyways, if you have it, flaunt it.

Btw, you following the IPL? Its churning out real great games.

raoul said...

No, I am not following the IPL. Not that I have anything against the format, just that I am appalled by the underhanded treatment meted out to the ICL and it's players. The BCCI wants to monopolize all cricket in India (perhaps the world), and monopolies can never be a good thing.

Vishesh Agrawal said...

Hmm. well, I think one reason ICC and BCCI took a high handed stand against ICL was that they did not want rebel ICLs to mushroom anywhere around the world and then you have so many different officiating bodies that it may lead to confusion and chaos. So nipping the bud in time.

And its not like ICL came out of as altruistic idea by Zee. Just cos they were spurned by BCCI for telecast rights, they went ahead and had their ICL.
I am neutral on the stand though cos Frankly speaking, I don't give a damn about BCCI or ICL.

I don't know, screw the cricket bosses, just watch it for the thrill of cricket. Its as good as any other game.