Observations on the IPL - The Non-playing Area

May 30, 2008

Having attended the last 2 matches, I can say without a doubt that Hyderabad has been the unluckiest team in the tournament. Neither do they have the excuse of Bangalore, who can say that they have a test team. The only excuse they have perhaps is the lack of quality bowlers. Bu hey, this post isn’t about their “vurssht” performance as a team or succumbing in the final overs EVERY single time. It’s about what goes on outside the playing area.

Needless to say, there’s total chaos. As I make my way to the stadium from the main road, I observe 2 complementary trends. One is the price of the cold drinks and water. Albeit marginally, but still rising. Other is the temperature of the bottle, which drops as we get nearer to the stadium entrance. So when the guy says “Thanda matlab Coca Cola” you can’t sue him.

Inside the stadium, I can safely say that unless you’re in the balcony you’re missing the action because in the lower pavilions (the 500 and 250 rupees ones), cricket crazy fanatics can’t sit on their seats and have to stand up revealing their tush to us higher beings.

The cheerleaders need to be applauded for only in Hyderabad would they have had to hear stuff like, “Arrey dhang se hilao ji, kya pukkat mein aye kya”. If that doesn’t send any Hyderabadi into rivets of laughter, I don’t know what will. Apart from this, because Hyderabad is still not as big as many would want it to be, you will still run into a lot of familiar faces (something you would not always desire). A strange observation that I made was that, water was sold at rupees 5 a glass in the 2500 Rs pavilion where as was distributed free of cost in the 500 rupees/250 rupees arena. Care to explain the funda?

Last but not the least, the IPL has made recreation possible. Well what do you think all those Mexican waves are for. 50000 Hyderabadis, standing up and waving their hands aimlessly just because it makes for a nice spectacle. Hmm. Took some time to perfect but after some time, it was quite a moment to cherish, a Mexican wave in Hyderabad, done the right way.

Rishabh Kaul, writing under the pseudonym Pingu. Highly opinionated,self-motivated, moody,pseudo intellectual,reckless,hypocritical at times and a wannabe writer. Atrocious when it comes to computer programming.
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Observations on the IPL - The Non-playing Area


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Deepti Lamba
May 30, 2008
12:50 AM

Pinguji, a well written post;) The cheerleader comment had me up in splits;)

May 30, 2008
08:52 AM

Thanks Deepti

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