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Onkar W writes about his experience while attempting to attend the Ranji trophy final at Hyderabad :
We have always heard what a nightmarish experience watching cricket in India is. The whole experience I had today, just reiterated the fact that the most important stakeholder of the game in India – the cricket crazy audience – is the most ignored as well.
The setting was for the Ranji Trophy finals between Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. I am currently working in the Hitech city area, that’s near Kondapur, a good 30 km from the stadium. During my whole trip to India, I have been trying to catch a cricket match of some sort live at the stadium …..
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Watching it on television is no fairytale experience either. For a glimpse of Mandira Bedi you have to stare helplessly at a rapidly balding Charu Sharma. For a Harsha Bhogle you have to bear with the utterly incomprehensible commentary of Arun Lal and Yashpal Sharma who always hunt in a pair to leave no room for escape. And we don’t even have anything to compensate for the king of cliches Ravi Shastri and Navjyot Singh Sidhu, whose metaphors at times are like an elephant studying algorithms.
Well, life is tough being a cricket fan in India.
The most fitting tribute to Saurav Ganguly came from the ‘king of cliches’ Ravi Shastri during the final presentation ceremony, which summed up his whole career as being a ‘forgotten’ and ‘misinterpreted’ hero. Ravi Shastri to Dhoni :
Now this question I have to ask you, because otherwise I’ll be lynched. I’ll never be able to go, you know where. Two great players have retired, Anil Kumble and of course Doda, Saurav Doda Ganguly.
Video here @ 2.43.
Saurav’s reaction was priceless, I am sure he was even more happier to leave !
@Ravi : See this is what happens when you don’t stick to cliches.
Edit : Since, I have been getting more than a few queries about this post, here is the explanation. I have NO IDEA what ‘doda’ means. He wanted to say ‘Dada’, but messed it up. And his two sentences before that might hint towards a BCCI involvement too.