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.