We visited “Chechi’s” house, on Saturday(22/11/08). Uncle was asking about the Cricket match on Sunday. He told he is having 4 tickets for Sunday, and gave to us. So me, my brother, Chechi and "little sister" planned to go.I was in sort of confusion. Usually I watch cricket in first 10 and last 10 overs. So I thought it will be boring to be there for 100 overs.
We came back home from church at 11.30. So hurried back to stadium, as the game starts at 2.30 P.M. When we were approaching stadium, we could see long queue waiting outside. It was the first time, I was going to watch a cricket match in stadium. After seeing the enthusiasm of the fans, we were also excited. Our “little sister” painted herself with Indian flag. There were lots of guys with Indian Flags and Caps. I also thought of buying a flag.
We bought a flag for 30 RS, and got one whistle also, so that we can also join with the other guys. The queue started to move on. And finally we got into the stadium.
I was really so excited when I saw crowd. My brother used the word “electrifying crowd” to describe them. We could see both the teams, practicing in the net.
Robin Singh was assisting with the batsmen, while Prasad was helping Irfan Pathan for bowling. The crowd was having different bands and other whistles. Almost all the people painted their faces with tri color Indian flag.
But i was looking for some funny charecters, whom the camera man focusses usually. Atlas i found out some. There was around 20 guys who were in full yellow.
Then suddently from one side to other, the "waves" started. We could see the people standing up and sitting down, like waves of ocean.
I have heard from my friends, that we cant see anything. The score board wont be visible, as the stadium is so big, and we are too small. But there was a big screen, So I was checking the screen for the updates.
We could see Ravi Shastri in the screen with the captains. I searched in the ground to see them. Atlast found out that, they are in a corner with the Toss. We called home, and found out that
After some 5 minutes, the players came to the ground.
The crowd welcomed Sachin and Shewag with great round of applauses and whistles. Crowd was screaming, for each balls. Drums were beating up. I also took part with the small whistle which I bought when we came.
I was trying to get some good pics, so that I can put in the orkut. I tried different types. Atlast I got a picture.
Shewag was in great form. For each four and six the full stadium was standing up and clapping out. Sachin got out at 11, clean bowled. So there was a break of bands. But the next batsman was Gautam, who also took part with Shewag’s big hits. So the crowd became excited again.
After some 10 overs there was a break. The pitch was getting bad. The grounds men came and started repairing it. I could see some more people with funniest costumes.
The game started again. Then we got a call from house, telling its raining out there. So we knew it is going to rain in a couple of minutes. The clouds gathered so fast. And it started raining. At the very first moment, Umpires stopped the play and grounds men ran with the cover ups.
In couple of minutes the ground was jam-packed with water. We also thought of taking a break. Went out to get some food. The rain sprayed up all over the ground.
We got a news that it will resume in another half an hour. The flood lights were turned on. Match referee and other umpires came and checked up the ground.
The crowd’s passion also watered up. But once they saw the players coming up the ground, it started with the same excitement as the commencement.
Shewag atlast hit his 50, and Gautam with a good support was on the crease. The total overs were reduced to 44.
I got enough time to think a lot about the cricket and the players when rain hit the ground. The balling team (
Only 4 more overs were balled. So the over came to 18 mark. The rain again started. And the players went back to the dressing room.
Once again the ground got her blanket back. We knew that it is not possible to continue the match as the rain was making headway so fast. We left the stadium in 5 minutes. After reaching home, saw that again the match started, with overs cut to 22.
Even though rain slashed away lots of time, and overs, it was a good experience. We could see the electrifying crowd, and the great team