Is India all cricketed out?
October 21, 2009 by Dileep
Once they know that they’re driving you to a cricket ground, cabbies in India can be loquacious company, some with views so trenchant that they’d make the loons on the 606 phone-ins blush. Over the last fortnight, though, there’s been barely any cricket chat, despite the stadiums in Delhi and Hyderabad being far from the madding crowd.
One cabbie in Delhi even asked if I was going to watch India play Australia [there is a one-day game on 31 October]. When I told him I was about to watch the Daredevils, he just shook his head. At the next traffic light, he turned to me and said: “How can you watch these games? The [Indian] players are all split up. I wouldn’t even know who to cheer for.”
Unlike many fellow journalists who see the event as an unwelcome addition to an overcrowded calendar, I’m not a Champions League cynic. I’ve watched more than a dozen matches live, and seen some great performances.
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