Things I have done so far to watch IPL!

Things I have done so far to make sure that I do not even miss a shot!

a. I went to office at 6:00 AM IST on all match days just to make sure I leave office at 3:00 PM IST so that I could watch IPL.
b. The height of IPLism is that I took half-day leave on alternate days just to watch IPL and write about it in a contest hosted in my office.
c. Best of all is I missed to fill my appraisal in time and the outcome is I did not get my salary hike that year.
d. I skipped dinner, ignored Whatsapp beeps and Facebook notifications, simply to watch IPL.
e. Went to Food Court in Total Mall, Madiwala, Bangalore, bought a Channa Batura and ate it for three hours, so that I could watch IPL because there was no current in my place.
f. I do not want the miss the fun of watching the finals at Chennai with my friends. Hence, I travelled all the way to Chennai from London (ignoring the gyan’s of my family members) just to watch IPL
g. I would not say my best, but I missed my cousin wedding just to watch IPL finals in the stadium at Chennai.
h. Signed a treaty called “Movie Time” with my wife, which means I have to take her to new movies on all Saturdays so that she will allow me to watch IPL. You know what, this is the best treaty I have signed so far in the past one and half a year.
i. I installed the media box app in my office laptop just to watch IPL online 🙂
j. Last but the not least, installing starsports app in my mobile and living in it 24 x 7 (have signed many treaties for this with my wife)

Writing from life is so much fun! Thanks to BlogAdda and Starsports.com for giving an opportunity to write on this topic. Do read my other post for this activity. The below video is a dedication to IPL and www.starsports.com

IPL is not just a game, it’s a celebration! Join the celebration now!

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#KANNAKEEPCALM and WATCH PEPSI IPL on STARSPORTS.COM

It all started when I first heard his name “Sachin” from my uncle, “Sachin played a fantastic knock last night. He scored 110 against the best bowling attack in the world!” The excitement and happiness I saw in him, is priceless, and to know the man behind his happiness, I started watching Cricket…a sport that gave me happiness and tears in equal share.

In such a sport, the invention of 20-20 cricket gave life a new dimension of happiness and with Indian Premier League (IPL), we saw a new era of cricket raising high, combined with music, cultural performances, world talents became local, glamour and beauty, gave us a complete entertainment package.

I started watching IPL 2008 as a Sachin’s fan, but slowly I became a mad fan of IPL. I started watching all the matches irrespective of the country and time zone I lived in (London (UK) & Hamburg (Germany)) and with Sachin in his peak form in IPL 2010, and YouTube broadcasting IPL live, it was a treat to watch Mumbai Indians matches and other matches. I remember going to office at 6:00 AM IST in the morning just to make sure I leave the office at 3:00 PM IST so that I could watch IPL peacefully, but after much anticipation and expectation, IPL 2010 season ended on a sad note.

The IPL maniac did not stop with watching matches in 2011 instead it continued in various ways, as I wrote previews and reviews in a contest hosted by my office and won prizes in them. The height of IPLism is I took half a day leave on alternate days just to watch IPL and write about it. It doesn’t stop with that, I skipped food at night, ignored Whatsapp beeps and Facebook notifications, and the best of all is I missed to fill my appraisal in time. In short, I lived in my world, in which Sachin’s 100 was celebrated much more than getting a 20% hike in salary, and Chennai’s consecutive title win solaced my scar left by Mumbai Indians loss against RCB.

What an opening we had in 2012! Be it Prabhu Deva’s magical dance or Priyanka Chopra’s graceful movements, I enjoyed watching them. Best of all, I cannot forget how my friends teased me on phone after watching the stars live in Chennai, and I missed all the fun, and sat miserably, at the other corner of the world (London). I do not want the miss the fun of watching the finals at Chennai with my friends. Hence, I travelled all the way to Chennai (ignoring the gyan’s of my family members) just to watch Chennai defeating Mumbai Indians before losing to Kolkata Night Riders.

2013 was altogether a different experience! Newly married…historic serials and IPL, two different worlds, but somehow convinced my wife to watch IPL. Convinced? No, we signed a treaty called “Movie Time”, which means I have to take her to new movies on all Saturdays and it worked out well for us. We spent more time together, knowing each other madness. IPL was more exciting which was complimented well by my wife’s exclusive preparations “Pakora (Pakoda)”, “Bhaji” and “Karams”. And after a five years wait, Mumbai Indians lifted the maiden IPL cup and the God of Cricket, my Sachin, retired from IPL – Happiest and saddest day of my life!

Moving to Germany alone, re-joining my family after a four month’s gap, then getting published and after missing Project deadlines, I am back to IPL. This time, without my favourite icon, “Sachin”, but with my favourite Sports Channel “Star Sports” website: www.starsports.com #KANNAKEEPCALM AND WATCH PEPSI IPL ON STARSPORTS.COM Right from the fastest scoreboard ever seen to Kanna Keep Calm Moments, Zip Clips to Infografix, Stories to Polls, and not to forget the Mystery Box, everything makes my life wonderful.

FASTEST SCOREBOARD:
Caution: Issued in Public Interest: Do not blink your eyes; you might miss the latest update!
Each ball bowled, each run scored, each second makes a huge difference, with Star Sports instant updates one might miss to breathe but not the latest score.

LIVE COMMENTARY:
This is one feature which amazes me. Faster text commentary along with Video Scoreboard, what a Combo Sirji!

DEFERRED LIVE:
Watch the match live on your favourite website, but with a little time “5 Minutes” delay 🙂

ACTION RECAP:
You can always watch all the actions (either missed or the one you like to watch again) using action recap feature which updates every four hours.

KANNA KEEP CALM MOMENTS:
Caution: Issued in Public Interest: Your favourite player’s lost the stumps or did he hit the stump from long off? You can shed tears of joy or sadly.
#KannaKeepCalm Moments and Award is a must to watch!

ZIP CLIPS:
Caution: Issued in Public Interest: Do not forget to breathe!
Watch the key moments of the match, in case if you missed the match. Be it Maxwell’s stunning performance at the crease or Ashwin’s nightmare over, Rohit’s caption knock or Dhoni’s sixes, watch them all.

INFOGRAFIX:
Caution: Issued in Public Interest: This is not what you see in your BOSS’s presentation!
Bored of age-old presentations and graphs? Here is a quick visual treat for you. Even if you hate the subject statistics, you’d love to watch these brilliant graphs, doodles and sketches that are part of Infografix.

STORIES: Love to read? Here is a special treat for you then!

POLLS: We fancy polls. Aren’t we?

SCHEDULE: Done for the day? Watch the schedule so that you can stay prepared 🙂

MYSTERY BOX: I will leave this as mystery for you. Visit www.starsports.com and watch now.

IPL is not just a game, it’s a celebration! Join the celebration now!

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‘Cricket’ bores no one indeed ~ Sweet Memories!


Time can make a person lose his happiness. The happiness that a person get when they play games, hear music or read books. I missed the happiness of playing cricket, which was my day today activity during my school and college days. ‘Cricket’ bored no one indeed. Ten months had gone by! That evening I was lucky to play cricket at Dulwich Sports Ground. It was not easy to bowl, catch, and run all over the ground after a long gap, I did!

We chose to bowl first and I bowled the second over of the match. It was fantastic feeling to bowl after so many months. Six perfect balls strengthened my confidence but the same confidence led to a poor second over, and because of frustration due to dropped catches that added the fuel to the fire.

KV, the sensational fast bowler of the team bowled very well. His seam position, line, and his ball was unplayable, but the opponent team was strong and they smashed our bowlers (other than our star bowler) out of the park and to the boundary now and then, still our classy spinner Rahul took two wickets in two overs. Catches were dropped continuously, some were plum, some were high catches, but none was caught. Finally, I took a forward running catch to dismiss the star batsman of their team and we were back into the game.

We were unable to keep them silent for more than six overs. They once again started to smash our bowlers round the corner of the ground. I was given the authority to bowl the eighteenth over of the match, this time I concentrated more on line and bowled a good over, followed by it; our star bowler bowled a sensational over to restrict them to 153 runs.

It was our turn to smash the ball to the boundary but our openers fell cheap to fantastic swing bowling of Ali. It was then our KV and Arun who made the ship sail smooth. They smashed the bowlers round their corners. I was happy to stand there as umpire. I even judged two close calls perfectly; one was a catch appeal, which was actually from the pads of KV and other was Arun’s run out decision. KV also fell to some fantastic bowling in the ninth over. Rahul, joined the party and smashed the bowlers, but our run-rate was not matching the required rate. And Arun was called back as he crossed the run margin allowed.

Once he was back, the wickets started to fell, Sumit was stumped, Revanth was caught in the deep, and few were clean bowled. I joined Rahul in the 15th over, and he took the lead as he was striking well. I ran double and double, back to back, now and then and lot more risky running to match the required rate. We were progressing well, but finally, Rahul was also called back and the rest fell cheaply leaving me alone.

That’s the end to a fantastic cricket match after a long time. I hope that I will continue playing cricket, once I’m back to India. I’m not a great commentator or good at writing about cricket, hope you like this one. Smiles, keep reading my blog posts, if not the new ones, at least the old and gold ones, which are being featured on facebook page.

Here you the video…