Indian Premier League April 26, 2012

The coolest, scariest IPL experience

I worked for a cult once.
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Mumbai fans wave flags like they are worried there is some IMG sniper on the roof who will take them down if they don’t show as much enthusiasm as possible © AFP/span>

I worked for a cult once.

It wasn’t as fun as I’d hoped.

It wasn’t some grey-alien-cloning-giant-clam style cult. It was a boring incestuous Christian fundamentalist cult.

It was rather disappointing. Even the incest sounded boring.

I’ve never found the IPL boring. I’m not anti-IPL, I just don’t care much.

I watch it in the background like I watch films with giant mutant sharks in them. I could never tell you too much about the overall plot. But there are some scenes I remember pretty well.

I’ve heard Lalit and the rest say the IPL is brilliant TV, and it is. For some it’s three hours of sport. For some it’s three hours of Bollywood sport. For me it’s three hours of background cricket.

So going there didn’t really fill me with excitement, it was just something I was heading to. Another cricket ground, another match. I’ve been to a few now.

I’ve seen cheerleaders. Fake horns aren’t new to me. Music has been blasted at me in many grounds. Crowds of overly excited simpletons are not new to me. I’m from Melbourne.

So what could going to the IPL at the Wankhede Stadium give me that I hadn’t seen before?

Outside there was little more than overexcited middle-class Mumbai teenagers with their faces painted and police everywhere. I assume they were middle class because the tickets are not cheap, and almost none of them had fake replica shirts like the Mumbai Indian (perhaps the singular usage was to make you feel like it was all about you) shirts we saw near our hotel.

My shirt was a knock off and cost me 150 rupees. To be honest, it wasn’t the worst I’ve bought.

The ground’s security had several layers, including metal detectors. Women had their own access with a modesty area so you couldn’t see them being felt up.

Once you entered you realised you and Dorothy weren’t in Lord’s any more.

Sachin. Lasith. Kieron.

All 50-foot high and staring down at you in matching Mumbai shirts.

As if that wasn’t weird enough. Like a 1930s Hollywood film premiere there were roaming spotlights dancing all over the massive pictures.

World famous people like Aiden Blizzard and Davy Jacobs were massive and spotlighted, just like they were born to be.

Then there was the large light sculpture thingy of Mumbai Indians that it was impossible to take a photo of because of all the other people posing in front of it.

Behind that you could have your photo taken with cardboard cut outs of the team, or in an action pose.

Free Mumbai Indians football style scarves were given out.

The empty space was taken up by that celestial light blue colour they wear.

This is what you see before you even enter the seated section of the Wankhede.

It’s thin and modern. If it were a person it would a tall, thin, well-dressed clubber with a slightly too trendy haircut.

It didn’t take long to find out that it was loud. Ravi Shastri came onto the screen and the crowd cheered. But considering the ground was a quarter full, and it was only Ravi Shastri, this was a massive amount of noise.

Then the noise stepped up a bit when the well-backsided Levi starting thumping the ball around.

It was during this time that I noticed the flag waving. You see it on TV, but 2D flag waving is just some muppets waving flags. At the ground it’s almost homicidal flag waving. Mumbai fans wave flags like they are worried there is some IMG sniper on the roof who will take them down if they don’t show as much enthusiasm as possible.

Then there is the countdown. People are actually encouraged to count down the final seconds of the strategic advertisement timeout. And they do it. They do it like it’s the last ever New Year’s they’ll be celebrating.

Occasionally there was a blurry shaky shot of the change-room that might have looked like Sachin. People roared.

When you’re at the ground you realise how often the cheerleaders get up and cheer for the wrong team. I’m not sure what kind of training they get, or whether there is someone electrocuting their chairs, but they get it wrong. Perhaps they are just overcome with the quality of the cricket.

Then there is the band. For people sitting pitch side at the cricketainment event of the night, they look pretty close to suicidal.

Of course there is also a DJ platform with other dancers. But that’s just for the TV, and unless it’s put on the screen most people seem to ignore it.

If the crowd find themselves accidentally not screaming their voices out, someone in the ground will press a button, yell into a mic or hit a drum to change that.

Silence is the enemy at the Wankhede.

The best proof is that is the nah nah naaaha na na naaaaah IPL Spanish horn thing. This is the noise that demands you make more noise, show more enthusiasm and that you react unthinkingly to your masters. One day this horn will be used to turn a crowd on some poor sap.

But for all the artificial noise and bulls**t, it’s never more like a cult than when one of the Mumbai Indians goes off.

When Pollard was hitting the ball really hard, the stadium didn’t need PA, music or people telling the crowd what to do.

It made its own sound. It heaved and screamed Pollard’s name like he was God returning to Mumbai. But the PA and organised fun continued on.

Later all that changed. Some time around the period Malinga got through Owais Shah, the extraneous sound went quiet.

It was just Mumbai Indians fans worshipping Lasith Malinga.

The chant had gone out earlier. This was just more. It was intense. You could see the top of the stands flapping at the noise.

It was perhaps the coolest and scariest chant I had ever heard.

Malinga could have taken this crowd to Bombay airport and taken it over in 38 seconds.

The crowd had morphed into one throbbing organism of organised lust for a curly-haired Sri Lankan that a billionaire had bought at a meat auction.

It was terrifying.

I was glad I went. Glad I survived. Glad no one ripped out the chairs and killed non-believers.

I’d go again. I’m not sure I’d ever drink the koolaid, or kill for the horn. But I’d like to watch the others do it.

Jarrod Kimber is 50% of the Two Chucks, and the mind responsible for cricketwithballs.com

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  • Muslim on August 2, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    More than enough cikerct recently. The IPL has no real relevance and teams represent nothing. It is a contrived competition and consequently of little real interest. HOW would you pick a team to follow OR CARE. A 20/20 comp with teams from various national groups would be more interesting. Say Qld/NSW WA/SA/TAS- Two ENG Two S/Afr Ire/Sco Three Ind you get the idea WI/Bang etc.

  • DUnky on May 21, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Love this article it seems to sum up what we see on TV here in England. Now im in my forties and never been a fan of 20/20 since i was a teenager and that was all we played. The games in the IPL this year have been great for what i have seen, but i couldn't tell you one from the other, it's like a fast food burger nice at the time but you are not able to tell one from the other soon after. Its fun and the players get payed and good wage, so it is good from that point of view. I'm not sure any 20/20 event is better than an other im not a hater just prefer a longer game.

  • Ash on May 8, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    I think your next assignment must be; Danny Morrison @ the IPL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • farah on May 7, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    great read! its funny to see india not support some of their players and thats only seen in an ipl,no burnin down players houses,riotin..the only reason the int community watches ipl is not cause of india but to watch players from the international arena.really a a pity tho-india spends billions of dollars on an ipl wen three quarter of their population lives in poverty....hope theyll cut down on this and use it for worthy causes...

  • ZainabK on May 7, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    I read your article just as you wrote it - Somewhat as a passive observer. I do however often battle with myself; On occasions I find IPL monotonous and unexciting, yet on arguably more instances (Especially when KKR is playing) I have termed it an absolutely electrifying display of what some brilliant cricketers are capable of doing. Some matches completely redefine the meaning of strategy and suspense. Loved the article, the humor and the language style. Especially struck by the line "Glad no one ripped out the chairs and killed non-believers." Couldn't be more spot-on. I just wish people would stop cooking up a storm defending themselves!! Where's the good sportsmanship?

  • Anuj on May 4, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    I enjoyed your article, it took me back to my first experience at the Wankhede.. but I have to be honest, you have really exaggerated a lot of your experiences. Well, I guess it wouldn't have been funny otherwise. As usual, some people will bash the ipl, but let's get one thing straight, the real fans don't really care what the others have to say...

  • Arnab Pal on May 1, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Are you read Kurt Vonnegut lately Jarrod?

  • Alex on May 1, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    I love all these Indians commenting here claiming that just because something makes a lot of money means its the greatest. Is a McDonalds hamburger the best in the world because they sell millions of them? Of course not! Its about quality...and the IPL has none of it. Quantity + massive revenue generation ǂ quality. And it never has! Means nothing, does nothing for anyone (only reactions to the massive noise from Ravi Shastri & Co) and completely forgotten less than a week after the seasons finishes. God forbid anyone actually have individual thought these days...just scream and shout along with the masses when the big screen tells you to do so!

  • Tom Bobby on April 30, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I was so jealous that i couldn't finish reading the whole article! Great work man ! That was just pure awesomeness!!!!!

  • pandex on April 30, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    super article, but ask a sri lankan WHAT 'KIMBER'M EANS TO THENM. You'll.

  • Muslim on August 2, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    More than enough cikerct recently. The IPL has no real relevance and teams represent nothing. It is a contrived competition and consequently of little real interest. HOW would you pick a team to follow OR CARE. A 20/20 comp with teams from various national groups would be more interesting. Say Qld/NSW WA/SA/TAS- Two ENG Two S/Afr Ire/Sco Three Ind you get the idea WI/Bang etc.

  • DUnky on May 21, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Love this article it seems to sum up what we see on TV here in England. Now im in my forties and never been a fan of 20/20 since i was a teenager and that was all we played. The games in the IPL this year have been great for what i have seen, but i couldn't tell you one from the other, it's like a fast food burger nice at the time but you are not able to tell one from the other soon after. Its fun and the players get payed and good wage, so it is good from that point of view. I'm not sure any 20/20 event is better than an other im not a hater just prefer a longer game.

  • Ash on May 8, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    I think your next assignment must be; Danny Morrison @ the IPL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • farah on May 7, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    great read! its funny to see india not support some of their players and thats only seen in an ipl,no burnin down players houses,riotin..the only reason the int community watches ipl is not cause of india but to watch players from the international arena.really a a pity tho-india spends billions of dollars on an ipl wen three quarter of their population lives in poverty....hope theyll cut down on this and use it for worthy causes...

  • ZainabK on May 7, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    I read your article just as you wrote it - Somewhat as a passive observer. I do however often battle with myself; On occasions I find IPL monotonous and unexciting, yet on arguably more instances (Especially when KKR is playing) I have termed it an absolutely electrifying display of what some brilliant cricketers are capable of doing. Some matches completely redefine the meaning of strategy and suspense. Loved the article, the humor and the language style. Especially struck by the line "Glad no one ripped out the chairs and killed non-believers." Couldn't be more spot-on. I just wish people would stop cooking up a storm defending themselves!! Where's the good sportsmanship?

  • Anuj on May 4, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    I enjoyed your article, it took me back to my first experience at the Wankhede.. but I have to be honest, you have really exaggerated a lot of your experiences. Well, I guess it wouldn't have been funny otherwise. As usual, some people will bash the ipl, but let's get one thing straight, the real fans don't really care what the others have to say...

  • Arnab Pal on May 1, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Are you read Kurt Vonnegut lately Jarrod?

  • Alex on May 1, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    I love all these Indians commenting here claiming that just because something makes a lot of money means its the greatest. Is a McDonalds hamburger the best in the world because they sell millions of them? Of course not! Its about quality...and the IPL has none of it. Quantity + massive revenue generation ǂ quality. And it never has! Means nothing, does nothing for anyone (only reactions to the massive noise from Ravi Shastri & Co) and completely forgotten less than a week after the seasons finishes. God forbid anyone actually have individual thought these days...just scream and shout along with the masses when the big screen tells you to do so!

  • Tom Bobby on April 30, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I was so jealous that i couldn't finish reading the whole article! Great work man ! That was just pure awesomeness!!!!!

  • pandex on April 30, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    super article, but ask a sri lankan WHAT 'KIMBER'M EANS TO THENM. You'll.

  • ultrasnow on April 30, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Well, the writer is being condescending and disparaging of the IPL and Indians in general.

  • David Challinor on April 29, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Grest article about this Brave New World which has more to do with a fake hyped up franchise of a sport than cricket. More tests, less T20 slogs please ICC

  • Debasish Chatterjee on April 28, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    I think IPL is the worst form of Indian cricket.Players may well be regarded as commodities as they are auctioned every year.It is all about money, money and money.People flock in as they enjoy seeing a cricket 'tamasha' for three hours because they care a damn about the quality of the game and hardly have the time to spend either five days(test match) or one full day(ODI).

  • masani on April 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    i was too there with my friend to watch that same match nd let me tell you, he has described everything perfectly..

  • Srik on April 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Awesome description. Wouldnt go to one of these myself but sounds exactly like every single NBA game I have been to. Silence and downtime is the enemy. The cheerleaders, dancing guy in a monkey/bear/randomwildanimal suit run out before the players even leave the court for a timeout.

    During the game the announcers helpfully tell you when to cheer, boo and when to yell DE-FENCE. Dont forget the tshirt cannon, random singing groups, players on the jumbotron telling you (not so) fun facts, kiss cam, free popcorn for the loudest section, random fan who gets to move up and the 5000 other gimmicks. of course there may even be a half-decent basketball game going on but that is incidental.

  • Srik on April 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Awesome description. Wouldnt go to one of these myself but sounds exactly like every single NBA game I have been to. Silence and downtime is the enemy. The cheerleaders, dancing guy in a monkey/bear/randomwildanimal suit run out before the players even leave the court for a timeout.

    During the game the announcers helpfully tell you when to cheer, boo and when to yell DE-FENCE. Dont forget the tshirt cannon, random singing groups, players on the jumbotron telling you (not so) fun facts, kiss cam, free popcorn for the loudest section, random fan who gets to move up and the 5000 other gimmicks. of course there may even be a half-decent basketball game going on but that is incidental.

  • Chris on April 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    The best and the most realistic article on IPL ever.... Hats off

  • RISHABH on April 27, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Nonsense writing.... should be a film critic as you suits well in that profession as you have no knowledge of an Indian Cricket fan... try doubting any European on his football or american for American Football and they will simply rip you off but we Indians are humble so enjoy our hospitality and keep ur hands away from the paper.

  • Samir Gupta on April 27, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Brlliant!!!! What an apt description? The IPL is to India what football is to England. Mindless, orgasmic sport for people to feed their emotions off. Not necessarily a good or bad thing. It is just that it feeds a completely different need that people have from conventional cricket.

  • Kanishka Kacker on April 27, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    "Malinga could have taken this crowd to Bombay airport and taken it over in 38 seconds.The crowd had morphed into one throbbing organism of organised lust for a curly-haired Sri Lankan that a billionaire had bought at a meat auction."

    applause!

  • harshal on April 27, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Liked your article a lot... :) Read it twice & still got the goosebumps as you get them when you are at stadium couldn't have been described in better words to convey the magnitude of the atmosphere Wankhade & Mumbai crowd creates Pune aint much far from that too

  • Ranjeet on April 27, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Mindless maniacal moronic mob of Mumbai. I wish them more matches where their team gets thulped. Perhaps then they will experience and learn to relish how to watch a match without making a racket.

  • Probal DasGupta on April 27, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Shallow and mindless pursuit of lucre at the expense of all else. Fake passion, fake enthusiasm, fake everything. Cricket used to be an art form put on a pedestal and played by giants. Every ball used to count, and every stroke remembered by the audience for an eternity. Today it is as meaningless as a visit to a B-grade Bollywood movie and as easily forgotten. Sad and sadist. Pale and pathetic. Passionless passion on display -- to be remembered by none.

  • Johnathon Josephs on April 27, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    I have been to a few games in India and yes, as a white man it is scary. Not because of their fanaticism for the sport, but because almost 99.99% of the entire stadium are the same race, shouting and screaming in another language. Plus, the 50-60 people around you make you feel like you don't belong. If a non-Subcontinent person EVER wants to see a cricket match in the subcontinent, their best bet is Sri Lanka, where no matter what match is playing, there is a variety of races. It seems that there are more Sri Lankans at the MCG than there are in the SSC

  • Jay Kumar on April 27, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Mr Kimber, thanks for making a total mockery of and humiliating India's summer blockbuster - the IPL. It's outrageous you suggest the IPL is forcing Indians to get excited when in reality we LOVE the tournament out of sheer passion. It's a world class tournament better than any ICC event till date plus it's more exciting than test cricket. The world wants a pie out of the IPL. At least I am glad you got to witness the spectacle in person. I live in Canada and I am glad I am a part of it everyday. God bless the IPL.

  • reuel on April 26, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    This was good a article, very funny, lol

  • SunnG on April 26, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    "The crowd had morphed into one throbbing organism of organised lust for a curly-haired Sri Lankan that a billionaire had bought at a meat auction."

    That summed it up for me. Thank you for this. A flock of Sheep will be more difficult to manage or make-them-follow-you than the short-term-memory-span of my fellow Indians.

  • Mohamed Suleman (Muhammad Mohamed) on April 26, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    brilliant! made me wish i could experience the match myself just for the sheer fanfare of it.

  • Aus_Ausies_oye on April 26, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Hmm, sour grapes looks like.. IPL is good and it is India's turn to dictate, so bend down and accept.. else get lost.. no body gives a hoot...

  • @Sachinism_ICF on April 26, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Great job Jrod, you've captured the essence of the Indian crowd. Make as much noise as possible without knowing what's going on. You bring up the countdown thing and how everyone always joins in. Reminds me of the thing they had during the WC; it was a fake decibel meter, that encouraged people to shout louder the 2nd time, as the first time was not loud enough and people would fall for it every time. Made me just drop my head in disbelief

  • Shahab on April 26, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Well Said! That IPL horn and crowd screaming following that felt like slaves responding to theirs master's chad beatings

  • getsetgopk on April 26, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    The last two sentences made my day especially the one in which you mentioned about killing the the non-believers hahahaha Great work Kimber, keep going

  • Amey Pednekar on April 26, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Hi Jarrod,

    You took me on nostalgic trip. I am a huge fan of Wankhede Stadium, especially the North Stand. The crowd gets behind home team, and they are vociferous. They bring the roof down. The differences that you have brought in above article between watching a match at Lord's and Wankhede are spellbound. I vividly remember how culturally shocked I was when I witnessed first ODI at Home of Cricket. And I would certainly throw modesty out of window to claim that I was the first person to stand up and cheer when Collingwood was out being lone fighter in England's chase. The rest of the Upper Mound Stand just followed me. IPL has been instrumental in bringing families, kids and females at stadium and providing them with a great experience as tickets are easily available. It is not only IPL matches but also other international matches that live up to Wankhede spirit. Hence I personally love The Oval in London, as there is nothing official about it. I am North Stander Mumbai guy.

  • Amrit Shivlani on April 26, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Hahahaha, great post! Loved it. Wankhede sounds like an awesome experience for an MI fan. Hope you enjoyed India.

  • Anonymous on April 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    You probably think its background cricket but if you were Indian and you lived in a city that played in IPL, you would die to watch a game (Unless you don't watch cricket, obviously).

  • Jay on April 26, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Oh come off it you old coon ! You know it was fun!! I am not much into all that "IPL will kill cricket...blah,blah" stuff. This is entertainment. Lest we forget, all sport is entertainment.

  • vinu on April 26, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Did they go "MA-LIN-GA.....MA-LIN-GA"....enjoy the unscripted IPL Jarrod :) !

  • VP on April 26, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Jarrod, wish I could write this well! You've captured the IPL's insanity superbly (note: I'm a fan and enjoy the "3 hrs of sport").

    The article is witty, true and a really fun read.

    Favorite lines: "World famous Aidan Blizzard..." and noise levels for Ravi Shastri.

    Please keep writing :)

  • etchkay on April 26, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    "The crowd had morphed into one throbbing organism of organised lust for a curly-haired Sri Lankan that a billionaire had bought at a meat auction."

    Wonderful! :)

  • Sami on April 26, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Very funny.

  • Kool Kat on April 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Brilliant, Jarrod...'The crowd had morphed into one throbbing organism of organised lust for a curly-haired Sri Lankan that a billionaire had bought at a meat auction' - ROFL.

  • anu_d on April 26, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    maan...a write with no head or tail...and made nil sense...no wonder you have no comments

  • Manie on April 26, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Ha ha..... Hilarious

  • DP on April 26, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Since I live in the US I haven't gotten the opportunity to watch an IPL match live in the stadium but the one thing that grinds my gears is that 'countdown' you mentioned after the strategic timeout!! For the life of me I can't figure out why that countdown needs to be done with such fanfare? Its not like they are counting down the first or final delivery.

    And agreed with the screaming and yelling every time a player's face is shown on the screen. I guess that's an 'Indian' thing. Not mumbai indian, Indian in general

  • Lalit on April 26, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    as i go through this article i see how well you have described changes in emotion and as an outsider looking at certain event you do provide some very well thought out points, like how everything is a well organized, publicized event. but there is one more thing that your article indicates thats deep rooted bias.

  • Milinda on April 26, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    I had a similiar eye-opening experience when I went to watch IPL 2008 (first edition) and Sanath hammered a century against the Chennai Super Kings. The crowd was mad and to-date I have never experienced such an event again.

  • Kiran on April 26, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Awesome mann.... been a long time since i laughed so hard at an article... :D :D

  • RedMage on April 26, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    ahha lucky you are alive enjoy

  • Vikas on April 26, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    you are not brought by any team beacuse you r a looser so you bash to ipl but tht is nt going to prove anything than yr jealous austrialn mentality. Get lost othewise that IMG sniper will find u .....

  • crickcrazyInSunyvale on April 26, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Genuinely funny, at least for me. Nice observations.

  • RAJ on April 26, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Absolutely... Ours is a cricket crazy nation and it will not be found anywhere in the world.. Just would like to request you to come down to EDEN GARDENS, Kolkata, just once, the day the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)play against DADA's Sahara Pune warriors. The chants will become more scary and cooler...

  • Giri on April 26, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Talking of shirts, Indians love dressing up. They go to the beach in sarees or jeans. Most don't swim. Similarly, Levis, Reebok, Tissot, Tommy, CK, Puma and Nike is what you must be seen in. The BMWs and Puegots are later in life. Yet, marriages are arranged. Even "love marriages" are arranged. No one ever ques up. Strangely, come summer, the westerners discard their clothes. Women are not ogled at. Professors turn up in shorts and Tees for work. And yest the western countries have "financial assurance" from their governments. The Residencies that Asians migrate for. The noise is always there - whether it is test matches or IPLs. The glitter is adding more masala that's all. India is loud. But has a soft heart. India can do it. But in its own way. Only some people will be involved. The carpet will have a huge hump because so much has been rolled under it. The money is not always legal. But who cares? Because there are many benefits - what would some playershave done otherwise?

  • Jose Correia on April 26, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Love it!! Awesome article!

  • balaji on April 26, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Don't tell me buddy you went to the ipl, where the players with no souls are playing and you seemed to have enjoyed part of it, where is the purist in you my friend who is working on the documentary on test cricket.

  • Tan on April 26, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Tasteless, and cliche'd. IPL has been mocked over by Andy and the likes. Stop doing it. Its getting overcooked.

  • Ajay on April 26, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Visceral.

  • Karthik on April 26, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Brilliant piece Jarrod!! lol@ "One day this horn will be used to turn a crowd on some poor sap" !

  • Sai on April 26, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Nothing but another shred of the anti-IPl nonsense that the English and Aussies are dishing out these days with a bowling machine like consistency. I would ask these so called "Experts" why would they bother writing so many articles about something "they don't care" about?!! Love it or hate it, IPL is the most successful cricket league with a net worth of $4 billion. No other league has come close and never will. Period!

  • Abhishek on April 26, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Watching a day night match at Wankhede is best experience you will ever get. Crowd is noisy and constant chanting give it a EPL feel. Last few years the crowd has become more upper class than middle class and hence maybe the knowledgeable factor has reduced but the noise remains.

  • Abhishek on April 26, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Watching a day night match at Wankhede is best experience you will ever get. Crowd is noisy and constant chanting give it a EPL feel. Last few years the crowd has become more upper class than middle class and hence maybe the knowledgeable factor has reduced but the noise remains. My fav chant was/is "wankhede mein aa gaya bhut, pakistan ki maaa ki ****. Regardless of the opposition and time of year.

  • Siddhartha Roy on April 26, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    This is one of the cricinfo pieces i liked. Its funny and intelligent. Keep it up Kimber. BTW which cult was that.

  • Ezee on April 26, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    A very mature n intelligent article. Good read. Enjoyed reading it :)

  • Naresh Patel on April 26, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    NICE TO HAVE AN OUTSIDERS VIEW ON AN IPL MATCH FROM WITHIN THE CROWD. WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE.

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  • Naresh Patel on April 26, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    NICE TO HAVE AN OUTSIDERS VIEW ON AN IPL MATCH FROM WITHIN THE CROWD. WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE.

  • Ezee on April 26, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    A very mature n intelligent article. Good read. Enjoyed reading it :)

  • Siddhartha Roy on April 26, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    This is one of the cricinfo pieces i liked. Its funny and intelligent. Keep it up Kimber. BTW which cult was that.

  • Abhishek on April 26, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Watching a day night match at Wankhede is best experience you will ever get. Crowd is noisy and constant chanting give it a EPL feel. Last few years the crowd has become more upper class than middle class and hence maybe the knowledgeable factor has reduced but the noise remains. My fav chant was/is "wankhede mein aa gaya bhut, pakistan ki maaa ki ****. Regardless of the opposition and time of year.

  • Abhishek on April 26, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Watching a day night match at Wankhede is best experience you will ever get. Crowd is noisy and constant chanting give it a EPL feel. Last few years the crowd has become more upper class than middle class and hence maybe the knowledgeable factor has reduced but the noise remains.

  • Sai on April 26, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Nothing but another shred of the anti-IPl nonsense that the English and Aussies are dishing out these days with a bowling machine like consistency. I would ask these so called "Experts" why would they bother writing so many articles about something "they don't care" about?!! Love it or hate it, IPL is the most successful cricket league with a net worth of $4 billion. No other league has come close and never will. Period!

  • Karthik on April 26, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Brilliant piece Jarrod!! lol@ "One day this horn will be used to turn a crowd on some poor sap" !

  • Ajay on April 26, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Visceral.

  • Tan on April 26, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Tasteless, and cliche'd. IPL has been mocked over by Andy and the likes. Stop doing it. Its getting overcooked.

  • balaji on April 26, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Don't tell me buddy you went to the ipl, where the players with no souls are playing and you seemed to have enjoyed part of it, where is the purist in you my friend who is working on the documentary on test cricket.