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Friday, May 16, 2014

I ran, not between the wickets though


Besides the word Entertainment, two words that truly define entertainment in India are - Cricket and Movies. Can't say much about movies but as far as Cricket is concerned, we Indians are experts. We know which 'dropped catch' resulted in our defeat and which 'over' turned the match in our favor. Mind you, all this gyan is acquired by watching this game religiously for many years and for our sheer love of it. And yours truly, claims to be crazily in love with this game (well, a bit with cricketers too).

One nearly absurd thing which I did to watch a match is ditch my first love - Food. Me and my mother went to this Punjabi wedding and she promised we would return well in time for toss. As punctual as it could get, we were the first one to reach the venue. That was the first sight which got me marching up and down the dusty red carpet while waiting for someone else to arrive. After nearly an hour, guests started pouring in. But the bride and groom was nowhere in sight. By the time it was half packed, caterer felt pity for all of us and opened few stalls. I must say, aroma of Aloo Tikki in Desi Ghee kept me calm for sometime.

But then I checked my watch and I told myself - Aaj toh match gaya! At 12:25 PM, at the verge of anger outburst, I told my mother I am not feeling well. One thing that could get parent's attention is child's health. I played that trump card. I started pressing my stomach and blaming 2 plates of Aloo Tikki and a plate of Golpappa along with Chowmein for my tummy pain. Don't eat anything now, my mother ordered. Kuch nahin hua, tunne zyada kha liya hai.

Stunned at my mother's reply, I looked at her and said, 'No, it's increasing and I think, we should go from here. All this smell is making me uncomfortable.' Smell of food making her child uncomfortable - was more than enough to shake my mother. Her foodie daughter must be really unwell to shun the sumptuous meal lined up in front of her. So, while she gave shagun to Bindra Aunti and excused herself from the ceremony, I ran from the middle to pandal to the parking lot. By the time my mother came, engine was in full throttle and my seat belt tucked. I can never forget the look on my mother's face, poor she! And you know, there was no sight of bride or groom when we left at 1:25. I bet, even the Dulha was checking toss on his phone. But thankfully, by ditching Dal Makhani and Shahi Panner, I was well in time for first ball of the innings.

But now, I am more civilized and honest. Rather than making excuses, I keep tabs on all matches on my iPad. How can you afford to miss anything on current IPL season when all your family's conversation are centered around Maxwell's Max-merising knocks and Chris Lynn's Superman catch? No, you can't! So, I downloaded the StarSports.com app and kept it on the most accessible spot.


One thing that keeps me updated not only with IPL 2014 but with all the cricketing action around the world is - Upcoming, Concluded and InProgress section. This is one thing I love and it has changed the way I follow this game. Now I know who won when I was away and when my favorite team is playing. I plan my evening schedule and weekends after exploring this section.



When I am sad at my favorite team's performance, I watch Top Blooppers of IPL 2014, very seriously on my iPad with my family. If I miss a match or two, I watch the recording on site and of course, check the live scores.


Star Sports has changed the way I watch Cricket. Now we don't run away from weddings. We take our phones and tablets and enjoy match while savoring food. Sorry, I missed to tell you all, we are cricket crazy family and Cricket actually runs in our DNA. Oh yes, we play Battle of Fans too.



So, even if the team you are supporting loses miserably, till the next match - Kanna Keep Calm and keep your humor quotient high. Leaving with of the best moment redefined through #KannaKeepCalm Posters...

To Mishra -


Mishra ji, apologetically -


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*This post is a part of Cricket just got better activity by starsports.com in association with BlogAdda.com

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46 comments:

  1. IPL has revolutionised T-20. I mean for us Indians who live and breathe cricket, what more could we ask for? :)

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    1. Exactly, what more we can ask for. :)

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  2. hahah gooood luck with the contest!!! Not much of a cricket fan :P

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  3. Not a cricket fan though but I am sure this app is going to be great for all the cricket lovers.. At least people will not have to bunk their office/college for watching a match now.
    Good luck for the contest..

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    1. Yeah, we can just stay in the seat and pretend to work. :D

      Thanks for your wishes, Sonia.

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  4. Cricket Fan too ! Good luck!

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    1. Hi-Fi! Thanks for your wishes, Ma'am.

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  5. It was nice knowing that you r a cricket fan too. Myself not really. The only ones I watch is when India plays against it's own but now arch rival Pakistan. Too bad nothing now on that. But I found all ur info useful. Probably can suggest to my cricket lover friends who have all graduated from primitive phones to smartphones. :) pls keep visiting whenever u get time...for I am posting and yes thank you for the last visit. :)

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    1. First, I love reading you and your honest thoughts. Do suggest it to your friends, they will surely enjoy it. :)

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  6. Saru,

    IPL rocks! Star Sports know the pulse of every cricket fan... I am happy to install this app on my mobile!!

    Someone is Special

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    1. That is true. I think, we all have grown watching Cricket on this Channel.

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  7. And there you go. You shall win this again!

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    1. I hope so, fingers crossed. Good luck to you too, Soumya :)

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  8. saru, that was a good one .. all the best for the contest. and bhag mishra bhag he he he :)

    which team u suporting .. i am with punjab :) IPL is good but i think or maybe its me .. its losing the shine it had 2 years back dont you think..

    Bikram

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    1. Punjab! Who else I will be supporting? Agree on loosing streak thing but it's ageing gracefully :D

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  9. Boy! What a catch it was...Chris Lynn. It is going to be the highlight of the series for many years to come.

    We all have been mavericks in our younger days ditching anyone anything for the love of cricket...your post reminded me of those good old days :)

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    1. Ah, you too. Yes, that catch is one thing people will remember for a long long time.

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  10. Haha..cricket fan..me too here..same pinch.. :-P

    Best of luck for the contest.. :-)

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  11. He heee! Nice one, Saru.
    Take care of that Indian blood of yours. ;)

    I hope you are enjoying the long weekend. Have fun.

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    1. Yeah, we watched a lot of Cricket. :)

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  12. Ha ha quite a nice once.You look like a hardcore cricket fan,I lost interest when the matches start to be more and more than a single series or two in a year.

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    1. It's husband who is behind it. He loves Cricket.

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  13. Super work Saru. I wont be surprised if you win

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  14. Super write up...:) :) :)
    All the best for the contest
    You shall certainly win this game.. !!!

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  15. Very well written.... but I like cricket where Indians play against other countries... somehow dhoni vs kohli doesn't go down my throat..

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    1. Oh, just like my Dad. Thanks for reading, Shruthi.

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  16. Best wishes for the contest Saru :) Well written...

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  17. Wonderful Saru! Fun to read about the Foodie who missed Food for her love for Cricket! :)
    Super entry! Best wishes!

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  18. Here is one who started missing cricket for food, and kept at it :)

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  19. True it is. Cricket is pretty much like opium in our country. So obsessed we are with the our canny debates on it that cricket forms a default icebreaker for many a people. And although it has made people compromise with quite many avenues on quite many occasions, I guess the end result has always been totally worth it. Here's a risk I took for a match that was to become one that literally transformed Indian cricket. Hope you'll like it. :)

    Dravid,Laxman and my history exam

    Cheers!

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    1. It's the most loved thing in our country and yes, a bit exaggerated too. Would love to read your take.

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  20. I had a really good time reading this article..

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  21. Nice one! Although there are more touchy cricket blogs for the hardcore fans, this will always be in the Hey!-She-Also-Writes-Such-Good-Cricket-Posts list, if any! :P

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    1. Hahahaha... :)

      It's always good to read from you.

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  22. I loved the first part which was the story......though i'm not into promotions..... :)

    any who..... Cricket is also one of my languages and I can speak it pretty fluently unlike many. Its the love for the sport that even to this day I get upset with an Indian loss and was absolutely bummed after loss to Bangladesh......

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    1. You sound like my husband. Thanks for reading. :)

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