IPL and the Mamallapuram Visit
Saturday – IPL:
I had been to the Rajasthan Royals Vs Chennai Super Kings match @ the Chepauk stadium this saturday. Friend Nandha called me up promptly when he got an extra ticket. The last time when I had been to a stadium to watch a cricket match was the 3rd and 4th day of an India-Australia Test match in October 2004. It ended in a draw because of rain on the final day. Though not a great follower of the IPL matches, getting a taste of live T20 cricket on a saturday without spending a rupee was not something to let go. We entered the stadium an hour before the match. It started with a couple of songs by Shankar Mahadevan. Sivamani set the crowd dancing to his drum beats. Baring the sun was the toughest part. The cheerleaders (especially that of the Jaipur team) added color. We found a place close enough to keep an eye on them. As the Rajasthan Royals were tearing apart the Chennai Team’s bowing, a section of the crowd started throwing bottles and paper balls at the Jaipur Cheerleaders. Crazy people. The cheerleaders stopped dancing from then on except for rare hip shakes to Sivamani’s beats. Sigh! Overall, it was an electrifying atmosphere. More than 400 runs in less than 3 hours. The crowd was crazy to dance, sing and shout for every single ball. I enjoyed every moment of it except the ones when
- The guy in front started smoking.
- The 15 rupees 7’UP that we bought from the stadium counter tasted like plain soda . Infact it was.
Sunday – Mamallapuram:
Here are a few snaps from the trip with my sister, cousins and aunt to Mahabalipuram.