I love to watch cricket matches at TV. When I studied at University of Madras for a period, one day there is a huge roar at MA Chidambaram stadium. There are some Australians crossing over our University, with the Kangaroos miniatures etc., Next day there is a huge expectation, that is the match between Australia vs India. After the famous win at Kolkatta, Indian team looks like lion and become a fierceful competitor. The Pepsi waiter came with some of the unsold tickets where we can see the match for a while, since its a final day, we thought of going, once we entered into the stadium, Harbajan Singh ran for a victory run. That is the small glimpse we got for a while.
Then, in Bangalore, my boss told there are some tickets for Sunrisers vs Royal Challengers. He is expecting the tickets for CSK vs RCB, but I love Sunrisers Hyderabad right from the Deccan Chargers days. In ICL, I use to support Hyderabad Heroes, where Nicky Boje and Stuart Binny are my heroes at that time. When IPL came, the team which won the IPL Championship is the best team for Hyderabad. When the players are sold to other teams, I thought the team itself no-more. Then Kris Srikanth, Tom Moody & Shikar Dhawan revamped the team into another level. Amit Mishra, Sammy, Finch, Warner & Naman Ojha set an expectations.
When I went to the stadium, Police not allowed, my mobile phones probably I should not gone earlier. I went to home, left my phone and bottles and came back to stadium. My dream stars at younger age are Kapil and Srikanth. I saw Srikanth, Gavaskar, Moody, entire Sunrisers and RCB
players. I enjoyed seeing Yuvi with RCB colours. Its really a bliss for a cricket fan like me. DJ kept us entertaining, he kept the show really interesting. Especially, when RCB is down with the wickets, ABD came in for batting, he is struggling with Sunrisers bowling, he put the song which energised RCB, “Odi Maga, Odi Maga, Odi Maga” (Beat them man) It was a good show by Sunrisers, where people around my some times stopped me when I raised the Sunrisers Hyderabad flag. When Michael Starc ran out, I am unstoppable. Then AB Devilliers came in shattered my dream of Sunrisers winning. What a sportsperson he is, he tried every trick in a book. When the star batsmen failed to show-up he stood up in front and make his team winning.
Probably, IPL and the idea behind it, brought the people to love their stars, also engaging with the great sport.