March 22, 2007

The all-night watching game

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Staying up all night watching and then dragging oneself to work the next day, bleary, bedraggled, hungover with lack of sleep: I really thought I wouldn’t have to do this before the Super 8 stage
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Staying up all night watching and then dragging oneself to work the next day, bleary, bedraggled, hungover with lack of sleep: I really thought I wouldn’t have to do this before the Super 8 stage. But then, we all know what happens if India loses tonight, don’t we?

So here we go. My five tips on how to stay up late for the big game. Or rather – given my experience – how to try to stay up and then fall asleep on the sofa. I shall be watching in India. But if any of you (anywhere in the world) have more tips (How to skive off work and catch the cricket; how to lie in late and watch a game), please keep them coming in. Who knows who’ll need which ones when?

Don’t go to a bar to watch the game: You’ll be too far away from the screen. The commentary will be drowned by the cries of angry waiters asking people to wait, they’re getting the next drink, and shrieks of inebriated laughter from people who find Lasith Malinga’s hairstyle funny. Besides, by the time you get in (or at least every time I have gone to a bar and got in), there will be a bloke twice as tall and four times as wide as you are right in front. Oh, and he’d be there just because some of his friends are and he couldn’t give two hoots about the game.

Actually, stay off the booze altogether: Yes, even at home. I know it’s tempting, especially since you’ve already had dinner and will be giving your metabolism a good chance to work but really, you should know better. If I do it, I begin to nod off ten overs into the second innings. Worse, if you’re smoking along with your drink, you risk falling asleep with your hand curled around your glass and the cigarette burning dangerously down to a stub. I know it’s only me but I once came close to setting fire to the house doing this.

Keep in touch with like-minded, fanatical friends: Text messages are the best. Try and not abbreviate but type the way you would on a computer screen. It keeps you occupied between overs. The witty response requires concentration. (That helps keep you awake.) It’s the only way to watch a match with friends who aren’t in the same city.

Keep the ads on mute: Programme your TV in such a way that the ads, when they come on, go mute. If you can’t do that, press the mute button. Every time. It is acutely disconcerting to hear ‘Oooh, aaah, India, Rah-rah India’ when the team is 64 for 4. Or something. I can barely blink back my tears. Or wish away the sense of the absurd.

Have your defence mechanism on default: We all have ours, don’t we? Being in denial won’t help (I am told that that is the first stage of depression), so have your defence mechanism ready. Here are mine: ‘There’s always next time.’ ‘It’s only a game.’ ‘They tried, you see.’ ‘It happens to the best of us.’

What works for you?

Soumya Bhattacharya is the editor of Hindustan Times, Mumbai. He is the author of two volumes of cricketing memoirs - You Must Like Cricket? and All That You Can't Leave Behind - and a novel, If I Could Tell You

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  • Well Wisher Again on March 24, 2007, 12:59 GMT

    Well hi again, Read the article along with most comments..... I think Nrmal is being a bit too harsh. After all India isnt a good team? No team that crumbles like a stack of cards under pressure can be classed as a good team let alone a team. So I, as a fan of cicket await you next blog "Why I wasted TIME MONEY and ENERGY WATCHING INDIA PLAY". Have fun, and thanks for your tips, they worked, especially as the momentum, excitement and the way Idia played kept me from sleeping. P.S - I even watched the highlights - TWICE

  • Nirmal on March 23, 2007, 22:16 GMT

    You lost. How does it feel exactly?

  • Shahid on March 23, 2007, 13:16 GMT

    it is really surprising for me to see that how one can fall asleep during a cricket game specially a crucial game like this. I work, take evening classes and normally i get back home around 10:30 in the night, but when its cricket it is really hard for me to fall asleep and specially when my team is playing a crucial game. Although India is not my team, i would wonder if any one Indian cricket fan tells me that he is feeling sleepy while his team is playing the most crucial game of all. I dont remember having ever slept one over of a cricket game while Pakistan is playing although now, the sleep seems to have gone forever. I sincerely hope that this doesnt happen to Indian cricket fans. Best of luck guys but at the end of the day dont forget its just a game.

    Thanks Shahid.

  • Shahid on March 23, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    it is really surprising for me to see that how one can fall asleep during a cricket game specially a crucial game like this. I work, take evening classes and normally i get back home around 10:30 in the night, but when its cricket it is really hard for me to fall asleep and specially when my team is playing a crucial game. Although India is not my team, i would wonder if any one Indian cricket fan tells me that he is feeling sleepy while his team is playing the most crucial game of all. I dont remember having ever slept one over of a cricket game while Pakistan is playing although now, the sleep seems to have gone forever.

    Thanks Shahid.

  • Viswa on March 23, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    Great read. Although, I have yet to meet a cricket fanatic as big as myself. I have seen the ones that watch just Indian cricket and come out of the woodwork only when India is on a roll. On the contrary, I watch cricket no matter who's playing. I've watched Australia play England in the wee hours of the night. But the toughest part of the entire experience is coming to terms with the fact that India might not make it to the next round. If they do, I couldn't be happier (well, I would be happier if they won the World Cup entirely). But if they don't, I don't think I have the mental capacity to withstand such a huge emotional blow. The event continuing (obviously) without India in it is rubbing salt on the wound. Oh well, there are just plain cricket fans and then there are the other cricket fans that take it personally. I guess I belong to the latter.

  • Miten - Toronto on March 23, 2007, 13:01 GMT

    I have a confession to make: I went through a phase when I couldn't bear to watch India play...period. Seeing them play mediocre cricket...knowing the team would lose once SRT was caught by the keeper whiffing outside off was just all way too dissappointing not to mention common. Things have changed..slightly and although I will be at work clicking the refresh button all day...the experience will be relatable all the same. My consolation lies in the fact that I live in North America where most dont give a hoot about cricket so I dont have to listen to anyone talk about the loss or find it all over the front pages of my local newspaper. My gut usually tells me a lot and unfortunately I have a bad feeling about this one..oh boy.

  • vivian on March 23, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    Nice article.Love the OOH aaah part LOL 64-4 u are preety right.Saw the ad against bangladesh :P.I like in australia so i saw the mtch already :P

  • vivian on March 23, 2007, 12:26 GMT

    Nice article.Love the OOH aaah part LOL 64-4 u are preety right.Saw the ad agaist bangladesh :P

  • Prachit Rohatgi on March 23, 2007, 12:10 GMT

    Hey, I am in Toronto, its good that I dont have to stay up..but have to work.....so its even worse then before cause before I could work during the day and watch the game live in nights... but yeah... this time.. i managed to work at home every time india played untill now... so yea.. a word of advice.. if you can then save your flexi hours of job or work at home day for the match. Fans in India..... I used to bring in my close friends together here, we will put music on..., popcorns, some good food, soft drinks... it sets the mood... and watch it together rather then alone on ur bedroom..... or living room cause then u mite fall asleep and miss some parts....

    hope this helps.... looking forward to india sri lanka game...

  • Sudarshan Ms on March 23, 2007, 12:05 GMT

    A good article to read,but not sure of how to apply it in practicle life and how effective it is in real life,lets hope for a good fight from India

  • Well Wisher Again on March 24, 2007, 12:59 GMT

    Well hi again, Read the article along with most comments..... I think Nrmal is being a bit too harsh. After all India isnt a good team? No team that crumbles like a stack of cards under pressure can be classed as a good team let alone a team. So I, as a fan of cicket await you next blog "Why I wasted TIME MONEY and ENERGY WATCHING INDIA PLAY". Have fun, and thanks for your tips, they worked, especially as the momentum, excitement and the way Idia played kept me from sleeping. P.S - I even watched the highlights - TWICE

  • Nirmal on March 23, 2007, 22:16 GMT

    You lost. How does it feel exactly?

  • Shahid on March 23, 2007, 13:16 GMT

    it is really surprising for me to see that how one can fall asleep during a cricket game specially a crucial game like this. I work, take evening classes and normally i get back home around 10:30 in the night, but when its cricket it is really hard for me to fall asleep and specially when my team is playing a crucial game. Although India is not my team, i would wonder if any one Indian cricket fan tells me that he is feeling sleepy while his team is playing the most crucial game of all. I dont remember having ever slept one over of a cricket game while Pakistan is playing although now, the sleep seems to have gone forever. I sincerely hope that this doesnt happen to Indian cricket fans. Best of luck guys but at the end of the day dont forget its just a game.

    Thanks Shahid.

  • Shahid on March 23, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    it is really surprising for me to see that how one can fall asleep during a cricket game specially a crucial game like this. I work, take evening classes and normally i get back home around 10:30 in the night, but when its cricket it is really hard for me to fall asleep and specially when my team is playing a crucial game. Although India is not my team, i would wonder if any one Indian cricket fan tells me that he is feeling sleepy while his team is playing the most crucial game of all. I dont remember having ever slept one over of a cricket game while Pakistan is playing although now, the sleep seems to have gone forever.

    Thanks Shahid.

  • Viswa on March 23, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    Great read. Although, I have yet to meet a cricket fanatic as big as myself. I have seen the ones that watch just Indian cricket and come out of the woodwork only when India is on a roll. On the contrary, I watch cricket no matter who's playing. I've watched Australia play England in the wee hours of the night. But the toughest part of the entire experience is coming to terms with the fact that India might not make it to the next round. If they do, I couldn't be happier (well, I would be happier if they won the World Cup entirely). But if they don't, I don't think I have the mental capacity to withstand such a huge emotional blow. The event continuing (obviously) without India in it is rubbing salt on the wound. Oh well, there are just plain cricket fans and then there are the other cricket fans that take it personally. I guess I belong to the latter.

  • Miten - Toronto on March 23, 2007, 13:01 GMT

    I have a confession to make: I went through a phase when I couldn't bear to watch India play...period. Seeing them play mediocre cricket...knowing the team would lose once SRT was caught by the keeper whiffing outside off was just all way too dissappointing not to mention common. Things have changed..slightly and although I will be at work clicking the refresh button all day...the experience will be relatable all the same. My consolation lies in the fact that I live in North America where most dont give a hoot about cricket so I dont have to listen to anyone talk about the loss or find it all over the front pages of my local newspaper. My gut usually tells me a lot and unfortunately I have a bad feeling about this one..oh boy.

  • vivian on March 23, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    Nice article.Love the OOH aaah part LOL 64-4 u are preety right.Saw the ad against bangladesh :P.I like in australia so i saw the mtch already :P

  • vivian on March 23, 2007, 12:26 GMT

    Nice article.Love the OOH aaah part LOL 64-4 u are preety right.Saw the ad agaist bangladesh :P

  • Prachit Rohatgi on March 23, 2007, 12:10 GMT

    Hey, I am in Toronto, its good that I dont have to stay up..but have to work.....so its even worse then before cause before I could work during the day and watch the game live in nights... but yeah... this time.. i managed to work at home every time india played untill now... so yea.. a word of advice.. if you can then save your flexi hours of job or work at home day for the match. Fans in India..... I used to bring in my close friends together here, we will put music on..., popcorns, some good food, soft drinks... it sets the mood... and watch it together rather then alone on ur bedroom..... or living room cause then u mite fall asleep and miss some parts....

    hope this helps.... looking forward to india sri lanka game...

  • Sudarshan Ms on March 23, 2007, 12:05 GMT

    A good article to read,but not sure of how to apply it in practicle life and how effective it is in real life,lets hope for a good fight from India

  • KH on March 23, 2007, 12:01 GMT

    Hmm.. good thing it's on a Friday evening... even if we loose the game, nothing lost for me... if not for the match, I would have spent the evening in a pub and spent a hundred quid on drinks...

    It might be a good idea to loose actually.. wont have to go thru the agony of seeing this team loose 4 or 5 of the 6 super 8s matches...

  • Ravindra on March 23, 2007, 12:00 GMT

    Buy a very cheap or rather a second hand TV for 500 bucks to 1000/- or so. Keep a fat stick in hand. If India is chasing and loosing then for every wicket that India looses, hit the TV with the stick. Increase the impact for every other wicket so that the TV will just get smashed by the time India looses 7th / 8th wicket...No noise sleep peacefully...

    If India batted first and SL chasing&winning, then for every six that SL puts hit the TV with the stick...increase the impact for every other sixer if the chances of SL winning are increasing...

  • Kumaran on March 23, 2007, 11:55 GMT

    Nice one... Friday Night match... So no porbs enjoy the match. And see How we are entering the Finals.

    http://GFXRebels.com

  • Syed Ahsan Ali on March 23, 2007, 11:51 GMT

    Great piece. Especially that joke of 64 for 4. But I really wish India goes through firstly they are good to watch, secondly I don't want another six boring matches if Bangladesh gets there after Ireland is already there. I hope you will not feel the way I have been feeling since Pakistan's exit. Best of luck.

  • Iqbal Jaffer on March 23, 2007, 11:48 GMT

    Hmmm, some good points. My plan of action is to get friends round, order pizza and coke and enjoy the game! Lets hope India do make it to the super 8 stage as it would make the competition more exciting. It helps that its saturday tomorrow so work isnt going to be a problem for most and who knows, if India win, and your boss is Indian?

  • Robert on March 23, 2007, 11:13 GMT

    Thanks for that article. I found it very amusing. Be you an Indian fan or not I think we can all use those tips. And really why is there always that big guy standing in your way?! And you are quite right when you say that they couldn't give a toss about the game!

  • Aishwarya on March 23, 2007, 11:13 GMT

    Ahem - whether i stay up depends on what depresing proportions the match takes...Being the never die fan , there have been times when I have tried to switch off TV and try doing something else, when india is at 23/4 or the likes...but today the match is just too big to give up at any stage is what methinks - let us see..'the blue billion' will stay up with bated breath and crossed fingers is my guess...

  • Santhosh D on March 23, 2007, 11:04 GMT

    well..dude...the penultimate para said it all....absurdity at itz best....fed up of the lousy ads which doesnt 've any idea abt the situation in reality. Patheic would be minimal if there is a word which would suit at the commercials we see on TV during the match. And hey, watching these ads would make ya mad and in the process you would be awaken during the whole match....

  • Sam on March 23, 2007, 10:42 GMT

    Fellow supporter of India,

    Do not worry about the outcome of this match. India will get through not because they are better team than Srilanka (believe it or not, Srilanka is stronger). But hay this is ODI and anything can happen. Anything means not about cricket, things behind cricket. Brokers/sponsers does not like India to eliminate from world cup and loose so much money on stake. If not Big Players bat, these money will let them win..

  • Diwakar on March 23, 2007, 10:39 GMT

    Keep watching. That way, you harden yourself and it won't be as painful next time. Oh! yes, there will be a next time, believe me you. But in keeping with our national trait of spreading joy with carefree hands, the next loss might be to Bermuda or Uzbekistan.

  • Aryan on March 23, 2007, 10:35 GMT

    To get a booze before watching match is perfectly fine for two reasons: 1) The next day is Saturday and most of us wont go to work. 2) And even if India looses you dont have to waste your Saturday in agony with booze cause you already had it and if India wins you would have already celebrated the event. So, it's okay. And anyways India is going to win so there is no point in not having booze.

  • Pradeepan on March 23, 2007, 10:28 GMT

    I live in Australia, which makes it worse, as the games start at 1.15 am the next day.My advice is to record the game, do not talk of it to anyone, and then go straight home and watch it as if it is a live game. This works best.

  • raghu on March 23, 2007, 10:26 GMT

    drink lots of water so that invariably every five years u get up to go the loo not that it keeps u awake but generally it helps i also keep back issues of cricinfo and wisden cricket almanac or even the indian cricket stats book which hindu use to publish to browse through the previous scorecards ( even after this india lost 1-4 WI last year) cant help it though....sigh !! as everybdy else had said AT THE END OF THE DAY ITS A GAME...i hope i wont cry this time around..

  • Aditya Naidu on March 23, 2007, 10:25 GMT

    My bowel movements went upside down after reading this. I couldnt stop laughing for 15mins.

    My plan is to listen to the commentary and that way the disappointment can be minimised. I feel like abusing and killing someone when India loses a crucial match.

    Good Luck!

  • Thilak M on March 23, 2007, 10:16 GMT

    Hi Guys - just focus on good cricket. It won't be too bad if we focus on the positives. After all, it is bretween Sri Lanka and India - the close neighbours who do not hate each other. If a win goes to a South Asian team it would be something to cheer about. I am sure the beest team on the day will win and the chances of a tie is rather remote. Just enjoy the game.

  • Kausihan on March 23, 2007, 9:58 GMT

    I have a better idea. lets just go to sleep and let the players play the game. As sambit told its just a game. Tommorow is saturday and i have to go to my gym in the morning as it is more important to me than India winning or losing.

  • Ahmer on March 23, 2007, 9:49 GMT

    Very funny blog. As a pakistani fan I have already had to use my defence mechanism, although I admit that I was in denial at first. It took an bangladeshi friend of mine to confirm it for me with a 'happy st patricks day' txt. My response was 'I never wanted inzy as captain anyway' and 'if shoaib, asif and razzaq were playing, things would be differnt'.....of course we know thats true

  • Tauseef on March 23, 2007, 9:48 GMT

    lol. being in canada, i have pulled countless allnighters to watch pak play. My advice for all u in india is to keep the snacks coming, chai, coffee, doughnuts anything to keep u going. If it seems india's gonna lose than go to sleep atleast that would keep the hope alive while u sleep. If they somehow do win, u'll find out on cricinfo in the morning anyways.

  • Augi on March 23, 2007, 9:45 GMT

    That wasa nice article. But you never mentioned the situation when the other half is peeved at not being given enough attention, especially when the other half is not intrested in watchting the game. Any tips for that? Cricket look bad enough, but I would need it the most for the champions league games coming up in April. Cricket is digestable, but football is a real NO NO! Augi, Germany

  • Tinkit on March 23, 2007, 9:44 GMT

    Booze can be the best defence mechanism .You dont even need to use your mind.I reaped its benefits 4 years back....We had just joined work , fresh from College and bought a new TV, just for the worldcup.Got all the guys in there for the big day, beer flowing,smoke ,everyone settled in comfortably..The main culprit were the braodcasters.Scheduled the WC finals almost an hour before the actual start.By the time Zaheer bowled that ever reviving first over, I was already on the floor,remember the two wickets Harbhajan took , remember the ball turned quite a bit in those deliveries.. and thats it..My world Cup ended there..on the floor with my friend snoring besides me..not that I cared ..how could I anyways ,4 beers had taken its toll on me by then.Though I have often been the butt of jokes among my friends for sleeping through the world cup finals, but somewhere I feel lucky, lucky to survive that period of carnage , which made every indian heart cry , bleed may be ..Booze helps .. sure did for me that day when Zaheer bowled that first over ......

  • A Well Wisher on March 23, 2007, 9:34 GMT

    You guys have to look at the other side of the coin - which is why wait up all night? Well India is obviously gonna lose right? And they will be flying home during the week end right? So whats the point? Go out to a club, have fun, forget that there is a cricket match, come home in the early hours of the morning and sleep. I am sure the last rites wuld have been performed before you guys wake up and see the papers....

  • Bitan Datta on March 23, 2007, 9:31 GMT

    The best way to avoid disappointment is by veiling the fact that you actually support India. Keep saying - "I don't think India will win!", "India deserves to lose"... stuff like that. If they win, its a big big bonus, if they lose you anyways need to say, "See, I told you!". The method I use to keep myself is awake is to identify one lucky position in the room or a lucky posture which (to me) seems to help the Indian team not lose a wicket or, not give away boundaries or, get wickets of the opposition. Concentrating hard on maintaining this position and posture is enough to keep one awake. Needless to state, this has its own pains specifically if one is in a city like Mumbai where its tough to stay put in one position without sweating your body mass out. Anyways, anything to get India to win!

  • Umesh Pujara on March 23, 2007, 9:28 GMT

    It would be too nerve wracking for me to stay up. i shall go to sleep at half time and then look at paper tomorrow morning. I wish India win and would take the disappointment if they don't.

  • shwet on March 23, 2007, 9:23 GMT

    I really don't understand the need to stay awake all night for this stupid match up. I have already predicted that India is going to lose why would anyone want to waste their time on the idiot box when we are already doomed in this game. I had earlier predicted on Mukul's blog that considering our team composition and an inane stubbornness to play certain players we are easily one of the most unbalanced sides in the cup. Don't be fooled by all the media hype and the orgasimically fatuous "OOh's and AAh's India etc,this world cup is over for us guys and please don't get upset over this but just face the grim reality. If anybody is interested to waste your precious winks for such stupidity than you are most welcome. I for one won't be doing it as the result is foregone. Don't get me as a pessimist but I know only flies get struck in "Cobwebs" wasps and Hornets break through.The Indian team has to clear its selectional and mental cobwebs which are not going to be cleared and we are going to be devoured by the Sri Lankan Spider.

  • rishabh on March 23, 2007, 9:20 GMT

    good article!! I LIKE!! well i am in the uk and i have a doctors appointment at 12:00 and the match starts at 1!! huu haa india

  • Vevek Lochub on March 23, 2007, 9:20 GMT

    Good tips, but there is a situation where it will be beneficial to keep liquor at hand. If Lanka starts thrashing us around or if our wickets start to tumble then a couple of quick shots shall help numb the pain and agony!!!! I'm keeping everything crossed, hoping that our big guns fire and we sail through to the super 8's. Here's hoping to more sleepless nights!!!

  • Anand on March 23, 2007, 9:11 GMT

    Nice Article... and i really need it because in my time zone the match goes on until 6am.

    I think more than anything, the tension that comes with watching India play... especially every ball that Sehwag swishes and misses or the ones that fly off the edge of Ganguly's bat just over the tips of the 2nd slip fielder... is enough to keep you awake.

    I am just hoping that i go to bed early tomorrow morning in a contented mood knowing i have to watch more matches thru the night featuring India, rather than with the sickening feeling that "Well the World Cup is over for us"

    All the best... Oooh Aah India... C'mon India

  • Anshuman on March 23, 2007, 8:54 GMT

    No problem staying up and staying up late here. I watch it with five cricket crazed lunatics, who given a chance would not even miss a ball of Scotland - Netherlands match.

    I prefer black tea or coffee during the matches, but a bit off booze ain't bad if the match is this big. Who knows tomorrow Indians would be back home.

    Next day office, well its upto everyone to explain to their bosses why you are late. :)

    Good post by the way.

    Anshuman

  • Abhijit on March 23, 2007, 8:49 GMT

    Here are couple of ideas to remian awake during a nite game. 1.Mute the TV and turn on radio commentry. The TV pictures and radio commentry go very well together. Radio commentry is always fast and continuous. Plus they do not take any breaks! They read out the stats so you can close your eyes and still be well informed.

    2. keep on watching the second game along with the india v sri lanka game. You can actually watch both games without missing a single ball from either. It will keep you awake as you have constantly use the 'previous' button on your remote.

  • shakester on March 23, 2007, 8:35 GMT

    - text messages. - munchies. I inevitably feel peckish at some point in the night, plus its difficult to much and nod off at the same time. - Go check cricinfo or a blog or something midway. I dont have a laptop so that helps- its actual physical movement. - Dont reduce the volume too much. Even the mute strategy can backfire- i have put the ads on mute, next thing I know its 6 overs gone! - dream awake, or as you say- get your defence strategy ready. Better still, get infuriated thinking of all those who treat the team like their personal property, or dont think like you, or are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of dissing the team again

    best of luck

  • shakester on March 23, 2007, 8:32 GMT

    - text messages. - munchies. I inevitably feel peckish at some point in the night, plus its difficult to much and nod off at the same time. - Go check cricinfo or a blog or something midway. I dont have a laptop so that helps- its actual physical movement. - Dont reduce the volume too much. Even the mute strategy can backfire- i have put the ads on mute, next thing I know its 6 overs gone! - dream awake, or as you say- get your defence strategy ready. Better still, get infuriated thinking of all those who treat the team like their personal property, or dont think like you, or are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of dissing the team again

    best of luck

  • vivek kamath on March 23, 2007, 8:10 GMT

    i go to bed by 11pm (IST) after watching most or all of the side batting first. around 2am, i sleepily reach for the mobile phone and get the latest score on sms. at 4am last weekend, i sent for my second sms update. bangladesh had won. while i was asleep, the indian team had got a wake-up call.

  • Anand Ramachandran on March 23, 2007, 8:01 GMT

    My tips for beating the sleepies are at http://papayas.wordpress.com/2007/03/15/world-cup-14-%e2%80%93-keeping-awake/

    Muting ads works for me, too.

  • Prashant on March 23, 2007, 7:57 GMT

    If India is winning - My senses stay alert and the question of dozing off doesnt arise. If India is losing, my senses stay alert, even though in vain hope that maybe Harbhajan might pull it out today...or maybe Zaheer will hit those 4 sixes...in any case...staying awake for india has never been an issue for me. What is difficult to handle, is being laughed at the next morning for staying awake to see a losing match.

  • Gautama on March 23, 2007, 7:48 GMT

    I'm from NZ and the telecast goes on from 0115am - 0930am here. I'm hitting the bed soon and wake up by 0100 - 5 hours of quality sleep plus beats the agony and anxiety of waiting for the game to start.

    As far as the game goes - Hope India wins - If not it's going to be a dud world cup for all the Indian fans worldwide.

  • Arvind Viswanat on March 23, 2007, 7:17 GMT

    There is sense of disappointment whenever India lose a big game. However, it's shame how the media and fans react to the aftermath of the event. With every Tom, Dick and Harry (also Jane, Julie & Jolie)holding the mike seeking opinions from every non entity providing them instant stardom, I feel the public reaction to losses are immature and pitiable. This adds to the team players pressure unncessarily. It is for the sensible few to spread this kind of message to bring about semblance of normalcy in reporting in both electronic and print media. Notwithstanding all this, I hope we win the game today. All the best to the boys and fans worldwide :-)

  • Neeraj Sharma on March 23, 2007, 7:06 GMT

    I think Mahela has gone too far saying that 1. They deserve to carry 2 points. 2. Its their time to show to India. Even AUS & SA are not claiming the points as of now as they know the clash still remains. So whatever Mahela says, its only mindgame. He wants to win the game in mind. Thats always good. But this shows nervousness also. I think had this clash happened first up, Mahela would have been quoting something else "India is Hot Favourite to win WC" We all know that India is a better side than SL. Records will justfy that. Only thing about SL is that they are vastly improved side. But India has in them to go past Lanka comfortably. Only department where Lanka scores over India is FEILDING. It still might happen that India loose on this given day but to me, India is the Top Gun at least in this group.It can happen to the best of us. Should both teams play to their potential, India will WIN.

  • Ashwin Sudhir on March 23, 2007, 6:23 GMT

    Very true, the 'defence mechanism' bit. Is that the true mark of a fan? [sigh..] it's just that the ramblings of my defence mechanism are getting increasingly cliched..... :(

  • kartik on March 23, 2007, 6:21 GMT

    Like Dravid, I too am worried about the middle overs. Win or lose, I just hope both these teams don't waste 8hrs of my life with the most pathetic kind of cricket ever played. *Fingers crossed*

  • anoop on March 23, 2007, 6:15 GMT

    Staying awake is all fine only if the game looks like a contest. Depends on whether we have a plan to win the game. Here's an arm-chair perspective on what India needs to do to win the game: http://isbglorydays.blogspot.com/2007/03/india-v-sri-lanka-preview.html

  • ankit taparia on March 23, 2007, 5:56 GMT

    first thing first: don't even think of watching the match alone...call up ur frnds to come over and inspire each other to remain awake and support TEAM INDIA. then wat u can do next is....every time a wicket falls down or our batsman hit a four/six,shout "GO INDIA GO!!!!" at ur max volume n then hop around,jump,dance:-)) this will help u to keep the adrenalin flow at high... thn at last finally don't forget to burst crackers when india wins...

  • shankar on March 23, 2007, 5:54 GMT

    and i thought watching a match is just sitting in front of the tv and if we are interested enough, sleep will take care of itself. being the die hard cricket fans we are, would we sleep with an india match on? i doubt :) but the bar, booze and smoke angle is interesting. and since you are trying to fight sleep even when it is probably the most crucial match in world cup till date, i take it that you have a mandira bedi-ish approach to indian cricket :)) (no offense meant...just kiddin)

  • Poonam Patel on March 23, 2007, 5:41 GMT

    I am a passionate Indian supporter but I think our fans need a reality check. We may have a strong team on paper but that means nothing. We are lowly ranked and there has to be a reason for that. The fact that there is so much money invested by sponsors at stake, riding on the fortunes of the Indian team does by no means make the Indian team so great. It just makes them "cardboard superheroes" so to say.

    It is just unbelievable how our views change from time to time. When we are losing, everyone criticizes the team and there are some "passionate fans" who actually start calling our beloved team crap, whilst they were tooting that our team is the best in the world just the day before. What angers me most is how a series of losses brings us all down to the level that we don't even really want to talk cricket anymore and then one win against a minnow or even a top country, and we are the world's best cricket team again. We behave like dogs who have been kicked in the ribs and yet foolishly come back for more. Every time we tout that we are the best, we get kicked in the nads again.

    I happen to live around people of various cricketing nationalities, and I've learnt to support India passionately but to keep my mouth shut till they actually achieve something, instead of some worthless world record against a minnow. Why don't we realize that playing the likes of Bermuda, thrashing them, and setting world records means absolutely nothing. We are still the same team that lost to Bangladesh and are now struggling to make it to the Super 8s. Therefore I have chosen the path of keeping my trap shut till we at least make it to the semi finals. Somehow, as bad as I want that to happen, I have serious doubts that we can make it there. At the end of the day, we lost to Bangladesh in the showpiece event of the cricket world. Having bad days are normal, but having a bad day to the extent that we can't even make 200 against Bangladesh? Well, I think we have some serious heartache coming our way so I am prepared. At the end of the day, it is just a game, and our boys are only human. We should never forget that. It is because these basics have been forgotten that such a great man like Bob Woolmer had to pay the ultimate price, when in fact he was one of the best things that ever happened to the game we all love.

    What is with India's and Pakistan's crazy fans? Are we dogs? Lose a match and there are effigies being burnt, pictures being burnt, houses being burnt, stadium seats being burnt, and sponsors being boycotted. Are you reading this??? Sponsors being boycotted??? The companies that actually bring us this beautiful game are being boycotted because our team has lost??? Where is the sense in that. If it wasn't for them, there wouldn't be any cricket. First of all there are more consistent teams we are doing battle with in the tournament. They are more favored to win. If we were ranked number one, then perhaps there is minimal justification for such revolt, but when we are just an average team in the rankings, how can we expect a guaranteed win? So how come our other neighbors Sri Lanka and Bangladesh don't have such mad supporters? I don't think it is a lack of passion on their part, but a sense of knowing that cricket is a game and not a religion keeps them well behaved. I have watched numerous matches with Sri lanka playing in them. Their supporters are singing, dancing and playing music throughout the game, no matter what the outcome is likely to be. At worst, they will get up and leave the stadium or just sit silently if they are losing. Our fans however feel the need to burn the seats and throw missiles onto the ground and opposition players. Really....... are we dogs??? Destroying our own property by setting seats ablaze? Risking our cities not getting another match for ages to come? Have you looked at our stadiums? There is that fence barrier all round to keep objects from being thrown on the field and to keep fanatical spectators off the field. It is like a zoo and we're obviously the animals caged within that fence. We can't even enjoy watching our cricket without having to see a metal grid in front of us. How sad. Our administrators think we are animals, and we might as well be. I feel awful saying this about my fellow Indian fans, but it's true. We have no class as supporters and we do our team no justice.

    This is a plea to all Indian fans. Let's all unite in our attempt to look at cricket as a sport and not a religion. The sooner we can do that, the sooner cricket will be fun rather than a heartache. Let us change the "animal" image we have bestowed upon us and let's not attract so much attention by talking our team up before we actually achieve something. I am sick and tired of our team being called "cardboard superheroes" by others, all because of the high expectations we have of them. We need a change..... and we need it now. We didn't need the death of Bob Woolmer to open our eyes.

  • Vinay on March 23, 2007, 4:55 GMT

    I loved the sms tip. I actuall do that quite often. A few tips from a hopeful...

    1. Watch it with a few friends who are all enthu about the match. Try and make comments that spark off heated debates about players, their forms, their wives or murders or any other thing that's remotely linked to cricket. This will keep your adrenaline pumping even if there is a quiet, noring period in the match.

    2. Keep an alarm set to go off 30 minutes hence. Once that time is reached, re-set it for 30 minutes further. That means maximum match time one can lose is 30 minutes.

    3. When there are Ads, move to a different channel, a music channel may be. Listen to Himesh miyan.

    4. Last, but oh-so-clichedly Not the least... When the going gets tough for India, and All hope seems lost................................ Go to sleep.

  • Pappu Pager on March 23, 2007, 4:51 GMT

    Rahul's right. I've been in the US for over 4 years and I've watched every India game. I've put in a few all nighters even if the games were every alternate day. It's no big deal. I don't know why there's an entire article dedicated to this. And as far a tip goes, it's simple, if you're a true India cricket fan, you won't be falling asleep.

  • sumit on March 23, 2007, 4:43 GMT

    best is don't watch the match!!!What's the use of watching 11 losers go to the ground and letting a whole nation down??? I had rather catch up on my sleep over the weekend!!!

  • Abhi on March 23, 2007, 4:33 GMT

    the best thing if india lose to lanka just don't talk about cricket with anyone otherwise it will increase the pain........... and ya i know i will drink a lot if india will lose....... i'm not in India frm last 3 years so i'm not getting as much air as i was getting in last worldcup in my hostel in india.....

  • Aditya Kuber on March 23, 2007, 4:29 GMT

    The best thing to do is get a bunch of friends, true fans, mind you, over at home. It makes losing easier and winning more fun. And being host, you can't fall asleep!

  • HishaM on March 23, 2007, 4:13 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan, who's planning to watch the match tonight from Sri Lanka, I think if Sri Lanka bats second that will be the best boost to stay awake, anticipating the fireworks from Sanath, all the way down to Maharoof. All the Best Team Sri Lanka!!!

  • pavan kumar on March 23, 2007, 4:08 GMT

    My simple suggestion is don’t watch the match at all. Have a very good alibi. Whenever I watch India playing, they inevitably loose! So being superstitious sometimes is good for you!!! And yes pray to God also. Only he can help us win???

  • Anurag Lakhotia on March 23, 2007, 4:06 GMT

    The tips are really fit for Indians. I really liked laughed on the funny realism of watching "Oooh, aaah, India, Rah-rah India’ when the team is 64 for 4 or even worse. The ad sucks and is intolerable for we poor Indians. It is suited best for Australia or South Africa.

  • Shankar on March 23, 2007, 3:24 GMT

    For the sake of the betterment of the game, and for sanity's sake I sincerely hope we lose tomorrow. I hope that Tendulkar and Dravid and Ganguly retire soon afterwards -- they've carried the burden for far too long and have led to unduly high expectations for far too long. I hope all the endorsements, all the cricket-based movies, all the media rights and all the newscasters fade away into the night and never return.

  • Prashanth on March 23, 2007, 3:19 GMT

    I watched the entire match against Bangla, and ir doesn't take much to do that again tonight. You know wot I do? Between the overs, I take that 'hand-stress-reliever' ball (that soft ball with a :) on it, and definitely NOT the one that you first thought) and practise my bowling (without actually releasing the ball). If match gets really disappointing as it did lst Sat'day, I switch channels and watch something different - Animal Planet, Cartoon Network or a movie channel. I also have plans for India's win tonight - sleep happily till 4PM tomorrow :D

  • Prashanth on March 23, 2007, 3:15 GMT

    I watched the entire match against Bangla, and ir doesn't take much to do that again tonight. You know wot I do? Between the overs, I take that 'hand-stress-reliever' ball (that soft ball with a :) on it, and definitely NOT the one that you first thought) and practise my bowling (without actually releasing the ball). If match gets really disappointing as it did lst Sat'day, I switch channels and watch something different - Animal Planet, Cartoon Network or a movie channel. I also have plans for India's win tonight - sleep happily till 4PM tomorrow :D

  • Samir on March 23, 2007, 3:02 GMT

    Lads.. the best way to deal with India's loss in this world cup is by cherishing the Pakis performance against the Irish. It will always bring a smile to your face.

  • suresh on March 23, 2007, 2:58 GMT

    As Most of India would be awake today watching the match.I really hope and pray hard that India win this and enter into next round.I cant imagine watching the world cup with India out of the super 8.

  • Muhammad Haris on March 23, 2007, 2:40 GMT

    hahahaha Soumya Bhattacharya, that's a very well thought & written article.. I loved that "Ooh, aah, India, Rah-rah India" that made my laugh..

    Well, i usually change the channel and watch something interesting when the match is not interesting, this makes me up all night.. :)

  • Dwight Schrute on March 23, 2007, 1:04 GMT

    Do not smoke, cigarettes kill...so do bears

  • Brown Desi on March 23, 2007, 0:37 GMT

    The match is on friday night and lot of offices are closed on saturdays in India. I agree with rahul completely-- "Come on guys, I have been living in US over a decade - and we took pains of staying all night so many times, and the worst part is when India looses narrowly. It is high time folks in India experience the same." Ha Ha :)

  • rajeev on March 23, 2007, 0:26 GMT

    The best way to deal with an Indian loss is to metamorphis into a SriLankan supporter. Think of all the past Indian dissapointments, the super star status of the individuals, the money they make and the lack of team spirit. An when you are rooting for Sri Lanka (who can give these Indian commercial kings a thrashing) it just might happen that the Indian team get their act together and produce an unforgettable performance. Then you remember how much you love them inspite of all the bullshit.

  • Vihilu on March 23, 2007, 0:03 GMT

    Hmmm.... This is going to be an interesting encounter, on 23rd of March. Being a Sri Lankan I love to see India going into S-8.BTW it should not happen at any cost of Sri Lanka. I can understand the pressure on top of 11 players, who are going in to the middle. Same time 1.2 billion people are under so much of pressure.

    I wish you guys (Indians) good luck in pressure handling.

  • Mrunal Tailor on March 22, 2007, 23:44 GMT

    India must seriously up the ante tomorrow. But for me, I say it is fun merely watching the game with your closest friends and go on intervals when the match goes boring so that your friend will wake you up when the match gets interesting. Sometimes the middle overs get terribly boring, but then that is when you go on instant messaging and talk to people in India. [United States]

  • TKD on March 22, 2007, 23:39 GMT

    Your game in India starts 7 p.m. Get some sleep when you get home from work/school/college. Drink lots of fluid-not booze or caffeine. Watch with some friends. I do the same thing when the games are in India. We gonna win, you can bet on it.

  • Umang on March 22, 2007, 23:25 GMT

    I sleep with the door open. The cold will wake me periodically. As for dealing with Indian failures, I've turned into a West Indian supporter.

  • Jay on March 22, 2007, 23:19 GMT

    Everyone keeps telling that if India looses this match its out of WC. But if Bangladesh looses to Bermuda (which is almost impossible) then we still have a chance...Dont we? I guess I am getting little desparate.

  • jigish on March 22, 2007, 23:17 GMT

    Need I say that a 2-hour nap or even 30 min power-nap before the game would help significantly in keeping awake.

  • idiotbeggardotcom on March 22, 2007, 23:07 GMT

    Simple....just watch cricket.org or other some other free site.. when you see it is not entertaining you.. just start snoring.. otherwise continue begging at http://www.idiotbeggar.com

  • Mat on March 22, 2007, 23:05 GMT

    After loosing to Ireland my next hope was India. I think all the hard work that Indian and Pakistani cricketers have done in order to bring two nations closer is visionary. I am very disappointed by the way Indian media and Indian public treated the entire Woolmer episode. It is one of the saddest time in the history of Pak cricket. The last week events caused stress upon entire nation. I wish Indian good luck but I won't be loosing any sleep as I thought I would. It will take some time to heal the wounds caused by Indian media.

  • Manish on March 22, 2007, 23:04 GMT

    I find it's best to watch with a friend and talk about the game as it's happening. Also, he can wake you up if you fall asleep and vice-versa.

    However, if you don't have such a luxury, I think it works to eat warm/hot pizza or any other good-smelling food for a few reasons: firstly, it helps keep up your energy levels, and second, the smell seems to keep me awake.

    You might need a few boxes, though...

  • Rocky on March 22, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    dono wat's the big fuss abt staying up all night watchign india play...i live in sydney n have been up so many times now that everytime india plays i'm up watching the whole game...the only advantage we got here is we can get up abt 5 am to watch cuz that's when the second innings start but i neva do that...i neva miss a ball n after bermuda's game i took a sick leave n slept all day...to all those die-hard indian fans like me if i know my team today we r gonna roll the lankans n storm into the next round

  • Divya Prakash on March 22, 2007, 22:45 GMT

    The best way to stay awake is just hope India are doing well. Watching a game where the team you support is dominating can keep you awake for as long as the game goes on.

  • Yash on March 22, 2007, 22:12 GMT

    I will be in Mexico at 9am reading the commentry ball-by-ball from my client's office. Maybe offtopic but... Long story short, if SL beats India, I will get to go to Barbados to see the finals for free. Being Indian, its quite a dilema for me.

  • Vishal Shah on March 22, 2007, 16:29 GMT

    A very good article... but lets wish for all the true supporters that india goes through to the super 8s.. If we believe in ourselves and play to our potential (which doesn't happen too happen i shall say) we can beat Sri Lanka..

  • Rahul T on March 22, 2007, 16:05 GMT

    Come on guys, I have been living in US over a decade - and we took pains of staying all night so many times, and the worst part is when India looses narrowly. It is high time folks in India experience the same.

    My advice - buy a small TV for bedroom, if you dont have one yet.Generally there will be 2-3 hours of boaring period in the game.Keep very low volume, so you can sleep undisturbed but when an event happens like fall of wicket, increased noise levels will wake you up.

  • Ram on March 22, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    I have a simple way of dealing with Indian losses. I dont read the paper, talk to friends, see TV for a day. I study. This way you compensate for the time `wasted' in seeing the match and also shift your focus to something else.

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  • Ram on March 22, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    I have a simple way of dealing with Indian losses. I dont read the paper, talk to friends, see TV for a day. I study. This way you compensate for the time `wasted' in seeing the match and also shift your focus to something else.

  • Rahul T on March 22, 2007, 16:05 GMT

    Come on guys, I have been living in US over a decade - and we took pains of staying all night so many times, and the worst part is when India looses narrowly. It is high time folks in India experience the same.

    My advice - buy a small TV for bedroom, if you dont have one yet.Generally there will be 2-3 hours of boaring period in the game.Keep very low volume, so you can sleep undisturbed but when an event happens like fall of wicket, increased noise levels will wake you up.

  • Vishal Shah on March 22, 2007, 16:29 GMT

    A very good article... but lets wish for all the true supporters that india goes through to the super 8s.. If we believe in ourselves and play to our potential (which doesn't happen too happen i shall say) we can beat Sri Lanka..

  • Yash on March 22, 2007, 22:12 GMT

    I will be in Mexico at 9am reading the commentry ball-by-ball from my client's office. Maybe offtopic but... Long story short, if SL beats India, I will get to go to Barbados to see the finals for free. Being Indian, its quite a dilema for me.

  • Divya Prakash on March 22, 2007, 22:45 GMT

    The best way to stay awake is just hope India are doing well. Watching a game where the team you support is dominating can keep you awake for as long as the game goes on.

  • Rocky on March 22, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    dono wat's the big fuss abt staying up all night watchign india play...i live in sydney n have been up so many times now that everytime india plays i'm up watching the whole game...the only advantage we got here is we can get up abt 5 am to watch cuz that's when the second innings start but i neva do that...i neva miss a ball n after bermuda's game i took a sick leave n slept all day...to all those die-hard indian fans like me if i know my team today we r gonna roll the lankans n storm into the next round

  • Manish on March 22, 2007, 23:04 GMT

    I find it's best to watch with a friend and talk about the game as it's happening. Also, he can wake you up if you fall asleep and vice-versa.

    However, if you don't have such a luxury, I think it works to eat warm/hot pizza or any other good-smelling food for a few reasons: firstly, it helps keep up your energy levels, and second, the smell seems to keep me awake.

    You might need a few boxes, though...

  • Mat on March 22, 2007, 23:05 GMT

    After loosing to Ireland my next hope was India. I think all the hard work that Indian and Pakistani cricketers have done in order to bring two nations closer is visionary. I am very disappointed by the way Indian media and Indian public treated the entire Woolmer episode. It is one of the saddest time in the history of Pak cricket. The last week events caused stress upon entire nation. I wish Indian good luck but I won't be loosing any sleep as I thought I would. It will take some time to heal the wounds caused by Indian media.

  • idiotbeggardotcom on March 22, 2007, 23:07 GMT

    Simple....just watch cricket.org or other some other free site.. when you see it is not entertaining you.. just start snoring.. otherwise continue begging at http://www.idiotbeggar.com

  • jigish on March 22, 2007, 23:17 GMT

    Need I say that a 2-hour nap or even 30 min power-nap before the game would help significantly in keeping awake.