Saturday, May 10, 2008

IPL Twenty 20 Cricket - A Non-Viewer's View

Twenty20 has turned home and family life upside down. The husband, who never had time for cricket or for television, now sits and watches every match and screams instructions to the players in different languages. Our younger daughter, always cricket crazy, supports almost half the teams, and my head reels at her lists. Try to make some sense of this. 'I support Uthappa at all times. So I'll always cheer for his team. Except’ she pauses significantly, ‘except when his team plays against Chennai Super Kings - because Chennai is my birth place! When Chennai and Uthappa's team are not playing against Royal Challengers, I'll always support the Royal Challengers, because I am loyal to Rahul Dravid! When the Deccan Chargers play any team other than these three, they have my support.' Of course, it's all as clear as cricket to me!

The husband doesn’t seem too clear on the issue of loyalties either. Kolkata is the top team, because, as he says, we live in West Bengal, and 'Our dal-roti comes from here.' That is totally acceptable. However, he will support Delhi because that is 'home'. Even, he adds, even when they play Chennai Super Kings, to which team we must of course be loyal, because of our Tamil identity. Of course, he will root for Chennai when they are not playing Delhi or Kolkata. So why was he screaming for Rajasthan Royals the other day? 'Cant you understand anything? This team has come up only because Shane Warne has so much team spirit! I like a good leader!' Between them, father and daughter seem to have a special place in their hearts for every team except the Punjab Kings XI - but I think I did hear 'I love the costumes!' the other day.

Very often, the father and daughter come to loggerheads over a match, and each one tries to enlist the support of the non-sporting, non-tele-goggling mother/wife. The husband was sure I was supporting Delhi against Mumbai (‘Uthappa!’). By sheer chance, I served uthappams for dinner, and our daughter punched the air in delight at the implicit support, while the husband ate each mouthful as if it were choking him. My sister from Mumbai, a dignified grandmother, called, and when I answered the phone (which I have to do because no one else gets up from their prime seats) she shouted, 'I don’t want to talk to you! Give the phone to your Mumbai-supporting daughter!' Their conversation was almost entirely made up of wordless, ear-splitting shrieks.

I thank God we still have some sane people left in the family. There’s our elder daughter, who wouldn’t watch cricket if you paid her, and my sister in Chennai, who is positively allergic to cricket. I might run away to either of them for the summer. I need to go and bury myself somewhere until the finals of this Terrible 20 Tournament are played out.

19 comments:

Viji said...

Dignified Grandmother's heart is putty once the smiling assasin Dhoom Dhoom Dhoni smiles his winsome smile so it is Chennai for this Tam Brahm ; but wait, Delhi is home so should it be Delhi? And hey , apun ko to Mumbai mein rehna hai ; bhai log mera vaat laga denge to chalo Mumbaich mala paije but you know what , some fourteen years ago I left a note for Warney boy on the notice board of the Melbourne Cricket Club dressing room -maybe he will call ?? Tho chalo Rajasthan ko bhi cheer karenge ...oh this is too tough for now i feel sorry for the underdogs - chalo cricket ki jeet may the best team win . I am loving it anyway !!!

Karthik Narayan said...

boo hoo... the story of a crooket loving dad and daughter and two others who are blissfully unaware of the mass hype around :) nice.

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Huh? What is all that about?



:) Nice piece, Gardenia.

Ottayan said...

Deja vu!

Kamini said...

You can add the cousin in New York to the list of sane relatives!
Kamini.

Lakshmi Bharadwaj said...

Same here! With a cric-crazy brother, things are difficult! :)

Anonymous said...

This was so delightful and true - I'm still smiling! Gardenia, tell your daughter that I am in complete empathy with all her affiliations!

One of the insane relatives, Ambika

Anonymous said...

Isn't it a little more than obvious that you owe your allegiance to Kolkata? Why are you betraying the Team to which you owe allegiance. Please tell uncle that he has made the right choice of teams to support(Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai) even though I am supporting the Knight riders (Kolkata). You have captured the humor of the situation perfectly. The same thing happens in our house except that daddy is the silent spectator. I am supporting Kolkata, delhi and chennai when they are not playing any other good team. Mummy supports Bangalore and Chennai vehemently. If anybody supports the Rajasthan Royals they should have their heads examined.
The Kraziest Knight Rider in the world, Vishwanath

Anonymous said...

Wait wait. You mean they havent gotten to do "I have to support Deccan today because even though I like Rajasthan better, they are way ahead on the points table and a loss to Deccan would get Chennai closer to the top?". Ah you just wait. You havent seen anything yet.

PS Mr. M will be happy to know that the Missus here and her little sidekick root for Kolkata, while Ms. K will be happy to know that I bleed Chennai yellow.

Gardenia said...

"when Dhoni plays for India we want him to win, but not when he plays for Chennai!" - this from my little great niece in London!!!!

Nandita said...

Haha what a delightful piece...I am one of the IPL-mad ppl too...and despite being from Mumbai, am supporting Chennai Super Kings for the Tamil connection and for DHoni's melt-your-heart smile, and also because they are winning as of now :)

Enjoy reading your blog a lot!

Nandita said...

[In reply to the comment you've left on my blog]
So you landed on this ancient archived post :)
I am glad I discovered your mom's blog, read every single word of it in one sitting, and then yours...just reading about your relaxed life transported me to a world so alient from the one we lead in Bombay - truly you make me wish to visit the plantations you live in and describe so beautifully!

Anonymous said...

Respectable Madam,

Referencing herewith your article viz IPL Twenty 20 Cricket.
You should be awaring that our leader, Shri Rahul Gandhi, MP, organizing Twenty 20 cricketing matches for the kind benefit of the peoples of Amethi. It being important and valuable component of NREGS and JNURM hereby duplicating urban facility in village and creating employment, underemployment and timepass for the benefits of the people. 1600 peoples training as umpires, 10700 playing meri pyari beheniya on baja etc.
Honorable Soniaji also remarking and praising Rahulji for people thinking.
Kindly be desisting from funning Twenty 20 cricket for it is for the benefits of peoples from Thootukodi and Tawang and everywheres in between.
Jai Hind!

Era Sandirasegar
Kuppaithothi Kuppam

lekhni said...

Quite hilarious :) Maybe before every game, you should toss a coin to determine which team to support ;)

Kamini said...

Do I know this Era Sandirasegar?

Dinesh babu said...

I guess IPL's job is done whichever way u look at it.

Gardenia said...

Viji, Ambika, KKR Vishwantah,Lekhni, Sandirasegar, Anonymous and Nandita, thanks for taking time off from watching the matches and writing in here!
Raji, Kamini,Lakshmi, Ottayan,Dinesh Babu, Kartik -Thanks for the support!

Arti said...

Wow! What a blog! We're in a similar conundrum, of who to support. Since I am from UP and there isn't yet a team from Kanpur or Lucknow, and hubby is from Haryana, and there ain't a team from Rohtak or Hisar, we swing according to who is playing. Today it is Mumbai versus Delhi. Son and I are rooting for Delhi, hubby for Mumbai (why, why?). Yesterday was Rajasthan versus Chennai. How can one resist Mind-it Dhoni? But I rather like Shane Warne too! This is way too hard.

Gardenia said...

Thank you for your comment, Arti.
The tournament mania is getting worse with teams having failed to qualify for the semis ... as if everyone could win!