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Cricket and Me

Anyone interested in the game of cricket would always agree with me that the experience of watching it on the field is a great one. I always had this desire to watch a cricket match in the stadium but somehow had to be satisfied by watching it on TV. Being in Chennai and having  MAC in the city this is something that I had in my mind ever since I had this  desire. The biggest impediment to this desire was the serpentine queues in which one has to stand when the counters open for it. This was something that i could never achieve and every time a match was announced I would dismiss the idea saying thats not for me (Remember Film Thiruvilayadal and Dharumi saying...Namakilla...Namkillaa). Some thing of that sort.

In 2000 where I had a Central govt client with whom I was working on a Project, I saw an opportunity of getting this long time desire getting fulfilled. They had some tickets from some link that they had in the stadium and were issuing this to their counterparts.I was close to a few out there, but they were not involved "directly" in this and also I was in two minds  and was not sure how they would react. Finally I decided to ask for one and the reply I got was - "Sold out. You are late".   So near yet so far.

Years rolled by.I would sit for most of the matches India played and also the team was highly unreliable during those time. My interest graph also dipped due to job and other related activities.
Then came Dhoni and his team. A mercurial rise of the highly unreliable team. Also the new format of 20-20 arrived. A crisp and power packed version for the modern era. The team become the World champions of this format and also rose to be the Number uno in the Test and One day versions with M S Dhoni adoring the mantle and he himself being the number one batsman. My Interest in the game got revived and peeked.

It was this month April 2010, that I had yet another chance .Remember my earlier chance was in 2000,a decade back.An email stating that tickets were available for IPL Chennai Super king matches from my office HR. So the next  immediate reaction was, to see whats the price. Minimum was Rs.500. much was my thought and I came back to my seat and continued my work. That day during my journey back home, I was really thinking as, why not buy it ?After all the opportunity has come after a decade nearly. So next day, I got the ticket and also got some office friends for company. 

My heart said "Man you are going to watch a Cricket match live from the stadium for the first time in life"


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