Friday, March 24, 2006

7 Things that you Learn while watching a Cricket match at Wankhede stadium…

1.Swearing and making obscene gestures at anybody and everybody is considered cool

2.When there’s a drink break or lunch break, a spectator (Indian spectator ) should not waste time. Instead they should single out a firang (foreigner) and start using swear words.

3.When a beautiful foreign girl with minimal clothing walks past you, one should start yelling in chorus “Item” “Item” “Item” !!!!

4....And when the foreigners cannot take it any longer and start leaving that particular stand, the spectators in that stand should say together “Sorry, Sorry” !!! (...only so that the foreigners stay so that after a while they can be abused again)

5.Yuvraj Singh drops most catches at the boundary because he’s usually listening to what the crowd has to say about him and Kim Sharma.

6.When any fielder drops a catch or there is a mis-field or if an Indian batsman gets out for a duck, the spectators should start yelling in chorus “We want Saurav” (as if he is the panacea to the Indian cricket team’s problems)

7.When Sehwag or Sreesanth come near the boundary line, first the spectators should shout out their names in chorus.....and then after a while they should point fingers at the player and yell “Loser, loser” I’m still wondering what triggers this paradoxical behaviour !??! Puzzling, isn’t it ???

Well, my experience watching a cricket match in a stadium for the first time was a bit of a shock really. I still wonder what satisfaction the crowd derives out of using foul language and abusing some foreigner whom you don’t even know. It gives such a bad impression about India. Most of the slogans were not to encourage India. But were mainly to demean someone who has absolutely nothing to do with the match. I for one was thoroughly disgusted.

The one thing I enjoyed was the Mexican waves.....that was funnn !!!! And besides that the company for Preeti, Shruti, Anuj and Giri.

Anyway, I just hope that if you’re reading this and if you were one of those obscene and extremely rude idiots in the stadium, then maybe you should think about overcoming you sense of insecurity, rectifying some major flaws in your personality and above all showing some respect to both - the teams and other spectators !!!!