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April 16, 2009

The Game Begins Now.....

Ladies and Gentlemen, Get your seat belts locked in, the second edition of the cash-rich Indian Premiere league kicks off in Cape town from Friday, with four matches scheduled over the weekend. As i said before here, it was heart-beaking to see the tournament shifted to South Africa, but i am elated that atleast it is happening this year. Just seeing the Gala Parade on TV this evening by all the eight participating teams, i am damn sure it is going to be as exciting and fun filled as it was last time around. I have some fantastic memories to cherish from last year Matches in Delhi. The crowd, the atmosphere inside and outside the ground, Akshay Kumar's stunts at the Kotla, the merchandise items of Delhi Team, and offcourse, a fantastic company of friends and cousins to boast of. Alas,i am going to miss all that this year !!

PVR multiplexes (may be a few others too!) are planning to show the IPL matches in the cinema halls from this weekend. Reason is simple, Due to the ongoing tussle between the Producers association of Indian film Industry (and not, Bollywood :D), they are not going to be any movies released during April, so it is better for them to show the IPL matches. I Hope, the entry tickets are not exorbitantly priced, so that its possible for any common man to go and watch the matches. Anyone from Delhi, interested in doing the same, let me know, we can plan out something for the Delhi Daredevil matches !

As per last analysis done after the IPL auction, a lot of changes have occured in the squads of each of the team. But as per my say, i still fancy these four teams in the semi-finals - Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. But, my gut feeling says that with five South african players in their ranks, Bangalore royal Challengers can be a dark horse in this tournament. And as the advertisement on the Max says - Have You chosen your side this IPL season?. If not, take the pick now, and let me know !!

Just for the Cricket purists, the 2011 World Cup qualifiers will also culminate over the weekend with Last round of matches scheduled for tomorrow at different venues of South Africa. Read here, One match left for each team and all to play for. My only genuine interest in keeping touch with these matches is the final result of the Afghanistan Team. For a war-torn country, who actually started playing official cricket only 6 years back, getting the official ODI status for the next 4 years will be a big boost.
Getting into the 2011 World Cup to be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and possibly Pakistan, is an additional bonus. Most members of the team were introduced to the cricket, when they heard the celebratory fire shots in the refugee camps when Pakistan won the world cup in 1992.The team has overcome war and poverty to get where they are today. Most in the team have lost family members to war. They have learnt the game by practicing (with a tennis ball) in the dusty refugee camps borne out of US invasion after 9/11. And as one of their players said during the interview to a TV news channel, with tears in his eyes - "I have seen people die and I have not shed a tear. But there is something about cricket that gets me here. And then pointing towards his heart, he said, Cricket is our chance.Probably, our only chance to show the world what Afghanistan can do." Sigh !...Its a tremendous triumph of human spirit. Its a win for the underdog, however small or big it is going to be in the end. Its a triumph of the message of Peace and harmony, we so desperatly want to implement in today's world. I wish them all the best for the weekend matches.

PS: Last week, i finished reading The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini.
The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet Union, from the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan to the rise of Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Very touching, extremely sophisticated and sensitive portryal of the characters. A must Read for everyone.And now, I am Planning to watch the movie now with the same name !!


Mahesh Sindbandge said...

Yes the game begins....

Compare to last year the craze for cricket has increased so tremendously ki main kya bolu....

all the best to afghans...Hope they dont throw a bomb instead og a ball.. NOM to the innocnet side of afghans..

Kite runner? thats my all time favorite movie with a punching irony... one guy commented on my post "Munna" that it resembles this story and i felt good for it..
Please have a look at it sometime..

Keep writing..:)

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

hurray i was the first ..:)

Phoenix said...

1. kite runner is just amazing!! i think better than thousand splendid suns by the same author

2. IPL parade was really good ..:)

3. me misses not watching KKR in the Edens... damn the terrorists and the elections!! :D

4. this IPL i wonder if they can generate as much enthusiasm and excitement as before...

*me is sulking*


i know i should have been here long back.. just been a lot busy.. but i ll surely come back and read the previous posts!! :)

Serendipity said...

lol. got here cos of your name Hopeless romantic! :)

If your in Mumbai I know a group whose going barcrawling to watch IPL matches. lemme know if u want it.

Also, there's another book by KHALID after The kite runner--- called A thousand Splendid Suns... a little woman centric, but a powerful read. see if you like it..

Jeremy James said...

I'm going for CSK. They were the first team I watched play last year and I decided to follow them.

plus Kepler was the coach, etc.

Little Girl Lost said...

i had promised myself not to read anything about the IPL, but i couldn't resist reading you. very well written :)

Rushabhh Gandhi said...

Yes! It is ON...
And the Inaugaral Ceremony was good!

The Kite Runner.. if you loved the emotions expresses in the book.. you will not like the movie much...

The Phoenix said...

Kite Runner is a great book. I haven't seen the movie though. Cheers for Delhi Daredevils!

Hopeless Romantic said...


Thanks for being so prompt with the comment. I hope Afghanistan made to the top6, so that they get the official ODI status...their match currently is going on..n its pretty intense battle with namibia :)

I wld read ur post soon....n wld catch up with Kite runner movie also:)


Hopeless Romantic said...

@ Phoenix/Raka

a) I need to catch up with TSS soon...then only i can finally comment on this..but i trust ur judgment completely :)


c) I am going to miss the matches at Kotla too :(

d)I think they wld ..KKR in any case have generated enough controversy over multiple captains n it seems dada is way out of captain this yr :|

Would love to have ur comments on my writings..keep in touch !

Tk care !

Hopeless Romantic said...


Hi, welcome to my blog..this is your first comment here...and I guess you should read my other posts (specially under Mushy Magic) and then i Hope u wld feel i am doing justice to the title of the blog :D

No, I am in delhi (read the post again attentively :P)..kidding...but yes, i am looking fr get together n IPL events across the cities.

I would love to read TSS, lets c when i can get my hands on this book.

Keep in touch through either following or E-mail subscription...good to have u here!


Hopeless Romantic said...


Hey buddy, I know, CSK is my fav too...i think they have awesome batting power.. quite a few good allrounders though they may not have Oram for this season due to injury and Flintoff will be there for only 2 weeks. Albie morkel could be their trump card...

N btw kepler has been sacked as coach last yr...Stephen fleming of NZ is now the coach-cum mentor for CSK...sorry to break ur heart ..but its true :)

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Little girl Lost

lol, I appreciate the fact that i am addictive :P ...Keep in touch with IPL..its fun n frolic all the way :)

Enjoy, Have fun!


Hopeless Romantic said...


hey dude, ur first visit here..welcome to my blog space! Ya, if IPL gala parade was any indication, it should be equal fun this time around during IPL.

I would still love to see the movie,its my passion to watch the movie after reading the book...i just love doing the analysis whenever such an opportunity arises:)

Keep in visit again!


Hopeless Romantic said...


Ya, let me see the movie KR n read the next book TSS by same author..

Cheers to DD...I hope we win this year :)

Thanks for dropping by !

NEHA said...

hey good to hear about this afghanistan this piece of news 4m ur blog itself neva heard about this team....n yeah nice blog...

Hopeless Romantic said...


Welcome to the blog! Ya, they have hit the headlines due to this particular reason...n ya, they did got the ODI status after yesterday i am happy n good for them..!

Thanks for dropping by...keep in touch !


nsiyer said...

"I have seen people die and I have not shed a tear. But there is something about cricket that gets me here. And then pointing towards his heart, he said, Cricket is our chance.Probably, our only chance to show the world what Afghanistan can do." Very touching. People in such situations understand what it is to be in such situations. Long live this spirit!

Hopeless Romantic said...


Yup, i agree..n long live this commendable spirit:)


Ms.R. said...

I choose KKR. Why? Simple. Shahrukh! :D

Hopeless Romantic said...


I love SRK....but their team is not that good....they lost the first match pretty badly....though they won today!....all the best fr KKR...but my fav Delhi daredevils all the way !

Akansha Agrawal said...

What touched most was the last part... cricket is interesting, but guess seeing something of this kind beats even that!

Nice strategy by the multiplexes... I had been wondering what they'll do.

I still don't know whom to support... confused hoon! 8-)

I have the Kite Runner... no time :( A thousand Splendid Suns also has a backdrop of Afghanistan and it's pretty good too, according to reviews.Again I have it and haven't read yet! :(

Akansha Agrawal said...

Oops, a lot of people already recommended TSS... I saw it later :D

Hopeless Romantic said...


Hey, welcome to my blog and thanks for following:). Do u blog anywhere, if yes then share the link.

Ya, i wld get hold of TSS as soon i get time. Running a bit busy these days:)

Afghanistan got the ODI status, so i am happy. n ya multiplexes have to do something in the meantime when there r no moives to play:)

N my fav is no doubt Delhi Daredevils.Homeboy patriotism uc :)

Cheers! Keep in visit again :)


Satans Darling™ said...

They came and they conquered.. I love the IPL!

Hopeless Romantic said...


Me too, love it all the way !