It has been quite a while since Amit has seen a cricket match from the “toss” to the “man of the match”. IPL tried to reinstate the dying flame of his interests and has been moderately successful. So, when the prospect of watching a live match in a stadium presented itself, he was as dauntless as a newborn peeing on his father’s pants.
And so it was settled. He was to witness the Indian Premier League(IPL) match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils to be battled at Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 2 May 2008. The tickets were promptly bought well in advance and he marched into the stadium with his friends on the appointed day. This was the first time Amit was about to witness a match in the Stadium.
Nothing could have prepared him for the euphoria he witnessed there. The stadium was chok-a-block with fans waiting for the stars of the show to appear. Indian flags(?!?), colourful posters, fluttering fans/tickets and a wave of over excited crowd were the first visual imbroglio available. The only calm thing in the whole stadium was the pitch, as if preparing itself to be stomped. As Dhoni, Captain of the Chennai Super Kings, won the toss and chose to bat, the excitement of the crowd reached another crescendo. Amit had never heard such blood curling screams before but he was gulping in all the excitement and was as excited as everyone else, but in a much more subdued way.
As the CSK started to bat, Stephen Flemming was lost too soon and Parthiv Patel followed him in a jiffy. Vidyut and Dhoni somehow tried to steady the score and CSK ended their innings with 169/6 in 20 overs. As if the score was not depressing enough, as soon as the Delhi Daredevils started their innings, Sehwag went completely out of control. By the time Sehwag got out at 71, the damage was already done. Still, till the end the CSKs were treading a very thin line and there was a ray of hope for them as long as they were not allowing the Daredevils to take 4s and 6s. It was a very close call and Amit was biting his nails. But the final damage was done in the second last over and the Delhi Daredevils won by 8 wickets with 6 balls remaining. The crowd was not much sad and they cheered Sehwag as much as Dhoni. And yes, the histrionics of Billy Bowden were definitely not worth a miss.
Some points which Amit noticed :
- Watching a cricket match in a Stadium is entirely different from watching it on television. If the weather is good, going to a stadium is a very good option. Of course, there won’t be those colourful analysis/graphics screens showing the ball positions and the shots, but then what the heck!!!
- The Cheerleaders were fully( 🙁 ) covered in yellow outfits and still people were gloating over them.
- There was a huge net in front of the seats and Amit was not able to understand its necessity. It was only after the match ended and people started throwing water bottles towards the ground, that the purpose of the net came to light.
- The cricket stadium is not as big as it appears in the television. In fact its quite small and even if you are sitting at the last row, you can very easily follow the ball.
- Watching all those cricketers in 3D, whom you are so much used to watch in 2D can be quite a dizzying experience. Your mind might refuse to believe that they are actually there. Its like watching your favourite actor standing in front of you. You will definitely pinch yourself.
- The experience can surely be repeated in a better weather condition and with a more expensive ticket.
- Amit had lost another point in the PFHOI contest being hosted on Ish’s Dead End. 🙁
- Amit has written a post on cricket. He could not have imagined this in his wildest fantasies. 😉
Thats it for the day, ladeej and genteelmen.
(The photographs have been taken by me by my Moto rokr Z6 and are not to be used for any commercial purpose)