How would you react if I say ‘I’ for me stands for IPL. Yeah, that’s right! Indian Premier League.
As Indians, cricket runs in our blood. I am always an ardent cricket fan. I have many childhood memories of watching cricket with my dad, cheering for the Indian team sitting infront of our Idiot box. That cheering increased in volume whenever India played against Pakistan in World Cups or during other series. We would burst crackers and shout aloud in streets when India won the match. After my father’s demise, I’m left alone on that couch as he was my only cricket partner. But the craze never faded. I still get goose bumps whenever I watch repeat telecast of Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifting world cup of 2011 by defeating SriLanka by 6 wickets in finals. Or when my most favourite cricketer, Saurav Ganguly waved his T-shirt in Lords’ Stadium. These are some memories every cricket fan could remember on his/her fingertips. I still cheer for my team, my country. I still shout for every sixer, I scream when our player gets out, I celebrate when our team wins. World cup is like a festival for me. I mark all the important matches and manage my schedule according to them. I eagerly wait for another whole 4 years after a world cup series ends.
But now cricket format has changed and we have this Indian Premier League organised every year, called ‘IPL’ in short. I know few of my fellow hardcore cricket fans wouldn’t like me saying that I like, actually love, this series as much as I love the matches of an individual country playing against opposing country. Because IPL is a different format where every player unites for a team and plays for that team instead of their own country. They keep the dignity of this ‘gentlemen’s game’ alive. I love watching foreign players uniting in those colourful jerseys of IPL teams. IPL makes bonding between players much stronger. They play, they win, they celebrate together as a team. Obviously, they got paid for playing in those teams but we can buy a player by bidding but not their game. Not their spirit of playing. And that is what I liked most about this short format game. It looks so amazing that MSD in playing under Steve Smith’s captaincy or Mitchell Johnson is playing under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, without any hassles. This is the charm of this game.
I am a Kolkata Knight Riders fan since the beginning of this game. Reasons? You may ask? Just because I live in Delhi – NCR, my dedications are supposed to be with Delhi Daredevils. Logically its correct! But I have many reasons to support KKR. Firstly, because I’ve always been Saurav Gangully’s fan, secondly, I had a huge crush on Gautam Gambhir back then and third, the most important one, its SRK’s team. This reason is above all and I am proud to be a knight rider because they won 2 IPL trophies and played well in all seasons though. So, no doubt about whom I would be cheering this year also.
No matter how well your team is doing… keep cheering!
See you soon with the next letter and the memories attached with them. Till then, this illogical cricket lover rests.