New Delhi, 11th April
I don’t hate the rain but I am not its biggest fan either. I don’t mind it for a free car wash but definitely on a match day. There was a storm in Delhi just before the match that got Delhi to a total standstill. I got stuck in the traffic for hours (I was not the only one).Somehow, I reached Feroz Shah Kotla on time for the match. It was Delhi Daredevils’ first home match against the former champions and the crowd was up for it. They came in numbers to support their team.
My joy held no bounds when my senior called up and said, “Ashish, you will sit in the media lounge.”The first thing that came to my mind after hearing the word ‘lounge’ was cover charges. By now, I am used to the east stand, west stand or some other stand that doesn’t cost more than 600 bucks. Today, it was the media lounge.Match was delayed by half an hour due to the rain and it was time for me to grab a free drink.
I was sitting amongst the journalists; no claps, no whistles, no Mexican waves, and no one waving flags. At times, it looked like some office meeting with laptops, cables, papers and I-pads. The yellow brigade was in trouble right from the very first ball and it continued till the end as they bundled out for a mere 110. By now, I had enough. I took a quick exit and reached the east stand. You can call me a block headed guy. I shifted from a lounge to a seat worth 600 rupees, but it was worth it.
Did I miss anything?
Yeah!! Cheer leaders. They were not visible from the media lounge.
It was Aaron Finch the other day against RCB, yesterday it was Naman Ojha’s turn; three fours in a row. Virender Sehwag looked his blistering best and there was a real party going in the stands. People were dancing, cheering and hugging. I was feeling the match in the east stand now. The star batsman Kevin Pietersen provided the finishing touches with a match winning cameo. It was supposed to rain in Delhi, but it was raining sixes at the Feroz shah Kotla stadium.
I am looking forward for a similar performance against the mighty Mumbai Indians.