OUR MAN AT THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TWENTY 20 TIM MATHIAS REPORTS . . .
World Cricket Watch will be bringing you reports from the heart of the action as our roving reporter Tim Mathias is in India taking in the sights and getting swept along by this cricket mad nation. He continues to pursue his dream of publishing his ongoing research on the evolution of Indian cricket, from ‘Cultural Supremacy to Cricketing Swadeshi’ and the Champions League is the next logical step.
Tim’s Indian Shorts
There is plenty of security at the Feroz Shah Kotla for the Champion’s League. There are numerous checkpoints as you enter the ground, including walk-through metal detectors. However numerous stray dogs, common across all of India appear to have eluded the ‘ring of steel’ around the ground. Don’t be surprised to spy a wandering mongrel disrupting play during live coverage.
Twenty20 double-headers are a double-edged sword. Spectators at the ground get better value for money and the option to choose who and when they watch. However, as a television spectacle, the foremost game is weak: if an Indian team is not playing, the crowd is sparse and despite the best attempts from the in-ground DJ and MC, the atmosphere non-existent.
Following the losses of the Indian Premier League teams in the first three nights of the tournament, foreign players are talk of the town. JP Duminy and despite his non-appearance, ‘Freddie Freelance’, dominate conversation, whilst news channels have glossed over the fact that both IPL teams have been found wanting against considerably less star studded opposition.
Sussex CCC dispensed with local IT firm RDF to agree a shirt sponsorship deal with global super-cola Pepsi, who also struck a deal with Somerset. Interestingly, The Sabres retain their domestic sponsor for the back of their shirt, ‘MJ Baker Foodservice Ltd’. Perhaps the ‘West Country’s leading independent food service supplier’ have ambitions on the Indian market?
The floodlights of the Feroz Shah Kotla tower high above the surrounding parkland, and when operating, can be viewed for miles. The ground under lights is a true spectacle, and with the latest pounding remixes, the floodlight Feroz attracts Daredevils fans from all over Delhi. But so too, little devils from Indian insect population, with an occasional confused giant moth descending from the heights onto startled individuals in the crowd.
Havells, an Indian firm manufacturing all things electrical let loose a novel character into the stands during the Victorian Bushranger’s innings. Providing to many cheer and delight, to others fear and confusion, the Havells’ energy saving lightbulb macot made its debut appearance. Sadly, ‘Lilliput’ is no Fred the Red, but not much rhymes with cable, fan, switch or light bulb.
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