Howdy Guys ....I am Savi your host for this permanent column .at yehhaicricket.com
Here I am, back again with some more spice and some more crazy stuff to share with all of you. Well it all happened one night.......
MY MEETING WITH FANS
At around 8.00 pm the area around Jawaharlal Lal Nehru Stadium was lonely and quiet. The stadium lights were shining brightly but the road from Gate no. 1 to Gate no. 2 was dead dark. At gate no. 2 a young kid was yelling at his mother " Mamma please hurry up, the match has already started, I don't want to miss the rest of it".
The match I am referring to is the Yashpal Sharma benefit match between Sachin XI and Kapil XI played at Delhi. The scene inside the stadium was a crowd of around 8-9 thousand people, shouting at the top of their voices, 'We want sixer', 'Hey! cameraman please cover me', 'I love you Sachin', etc. Such was the belief of these die-hard fans that they had come to support their 'Heroes' even in a match which was not of international status and at a time when temperature soared to 38.6 degree Celsius under the heat of lights.
If you believe me 'fans' are a bunch of crazy people...............nothing was visible from the sitting arena, yet their enthusiasm was at its peak. It was even difficult to differentiate one player from the other, commentary was not clear and in a span of three hours all I managed to make out was the name of only one player- that's it.
Sweat was trickling down my cheeks, the stadium was so noisy that it was difficult talking to the person sitting right next to you. It was becoming intolerable for me as sitting their was like sitting in the middle of an asylum surrounded by different kinds of mad fools. So I got up and started moving towards the gate totally determined to leave. When I was about to get out, someone called me from behind and I could not believe who I saw.
Well I am not going to share it with you right now.
Watch this space to know what happened thereafter. It is a wait of just a
Ques: Are you aware of the match-fixing scandal?
Ques: Still you came here, to watch this match which
is not even of International status?
Ques: Are you studying?
I really pity these fans, who would do just anything to have a glance
of the man they idolize- the man, who might not give him/her a second look,
who might just walk away in his own proudy air without thinking of this fan,
who is responsible for taking him to such heights. As is said," Masons
build palaces but when it comes to their own self the blue sky is the only
roof they have".
At the podium, the scene was something like this- Cameramen were
busy adjusting their coils and machines, photographers were ready with their
cameras, policewala's and wali's were scattered all around and whoever from
the crowd tried to enter the restricted area, received few blows of the good
old Danda as a Momentum / Trophy. The players too were busy setting
their hair (might have to face the camera, well can’t afford to look
Baaaad), chatting and laughing, girls too started queuing up to see
their heartthrobs. I too stood at one corner, quietly observing each
A police girl standing
next to me was observing me very carefully. The moment I looked at her she
asked, “Do you know him?” I nodded in positive. She said,” I am a big
fan of Ajit Agarkar. Can you tell me where is he? I quickly glanced at all
the players and then told her softly where he was standing.
In-spite of my repeated
efforts she could not locate him. By now around 8-10 police girls stood by
me and requested me to point at him. These girls were from South and Ajit
Agarkar was a favorite of all. It was pretty awkward but I agreed and
pointed towards Ajit – “Vo Raha, in that Red T-shirt”. I think I was
'loud' because the very next moment everybody was staring at me. I was very
embarrassed and decided to leave the ground at once.
Well Guys that was the end of that day and I am convinced that fans definitely are a bunch of crazy lots…..! Because of them I too made a fool out of me……..but you know what……they made me famous and that too among the cricketers.
Thank you and bye
No Wait! I forgot to
tell you something………Kapil XI won the match and Sachin XI lost
….wonder when Sachin will start winning!!!
guys........I will be back soon with more sizzling stuff from my diary !