14 Comments

  1. dinsan says:

    I dont watch Cricket….

  2. Amit says:

    Neither do I….well sometimes. 😉

  3. Chittaranjan says:

    Neither do/did I! But I’ve read about the match and NZ’s Brendon McCullum has creamed 158 off 73 balls in the first innings of the first match 😮

  4. Roop Rai says:

    wha were the results?

  5. Liju Philip says:

    @dinsan, amit, being Indians, its surprising to know that the madness hasnt affected you guys 😉 hmmm..

    @Chittaranjan, saw the clips on youtube. The batting was pure massacre. Think Mallya lost it big time else how can one have people like Jaffar and Dravid in a T20 team?

    @Roop, SRK’s Kolkatta beat the pants out of Mallya’s Bangalore. Am waiting for the Deccan Chargers to take charge now.

  6. Chittaranjan says:

    Yup. I too caught up with the highlights on YT. Commentary was pathetic though!

    Dunno abt Jaffer but Dravid was mebbe picked for the local appeasement 😛

  7. JB says:

    Liju,

    I watched a bit of this over the weekend. Honestly, what a circus! I really fear for cricket if this the “future”.

    Going into this series, I was kinda looking forward to the cricket. But its just not cricket. It is a pointless circus.

    Sorry, but I really found the whole experience one big ego trip for the “owners” and a whole lot of money spent in the most “tacky” fashon.

    JB

  8. Liju Philip says:

    JB, long time no see…. yup the whole thing is turning out to be a circus. The most prominent teams have been picked up by film actors. All that they know is to show off. So, they look at this IPL as another place to show off or to do their dances.

    How they maintain the viewers interest once the initial hype dies down is something we need to see. Can they build up inter city rivalry like the EPL or other leagues in Europe is something that needs to be watched out for?

    At least this season is sold out. The next season would be crucial.

    But honestly, i was much impressed by Symonds’ power hitting and excellent fielding yesterday. But ya his 2 overs gave the match away. But i love him for the dedication he shows on the field. No matter which team he plays for.

  9. JB says:

    Hi Liju,

    I always keep an eye on what is being posted. 🙂

    There is a huge audience for this sort of event and it won’t go away. But does anyone really care about the result? It seems to me to be cricket wrapped up as McDonalds and served to a hungry public. Sure it services a demand, but at what price?

    I also couldn’t stand watching these glamour’s movie stars (there was one girl who was absolutely stunning – but she acted like a spoiled teenage girl who was just given a pony for her birthday) jumping up and down watching their “investment’. To me it just highlighted the class divide between the have’s and have nots, which sport is supposed to transcend.

    I really hope this isn’t the future. I love watching my country play and the “spirit of cricket” on display. This was just mindless entertainment served up for the masses. Saying that, if cricket is on the telly, I can’t resist watching it……shame on my hypocrisy.

    Good to talk to you again and congratulations on your engagement.

    JB

    p.s The Indian crowd will grow to love Symonds now that he isn’t in the opposition! And quite rightly.

  10. Liju Philip says:

    Thanks for the wishes.

    The teenaged girl that you are mentioning might be Priety Zinta. She’s an actress and owns the Mohali team. Nyway, once the novelty is worn off and once the team owners get busy with their regular stuff, it would be fun to see how the teams perform.

    If symonds had hung on for another 2-3 overs, it would have been game for Deccan Chargers. Anyway, waiting for Gibbs and Afridi to join the fun.

  11. Chittaranjan says:

    Well, I’m not a big Cricket buff but I watched all the three matches aired today and yesterday and all of them were kinda riveting. And in all 3, chasing side won.

    So that maybe says it all….its a batsmen’s run circus call it that if you will and yeah, for the celebrity-owners its just another show-off.

    But I think, given some time, it ‘may’ develop into a keen inter-city battle.

  12. Liju Philip says:

    Chittaranjan, ya waiting for the initial hype to die down first. Let SRK go back to making monkey faces on the screen, then we can peacefully watch the matches.

    Btw, Priety Zinta can still come back to the stadium anytime 😉

  13. arvind singh says:

    shah rukh may well be telling to all that Ipl is not a business deal for him ……………but is it really so?????????????

  14. Liju Philip says:

    @Arvind, SRK is behaving like a sore loser 😉

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