Ryan Ten Doeschate May 7, 2012

Tickets, please

What's the most challenging aspect of the IPL
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What's the most challenging aspect of the IPL? Bowling to Chris Gayle? Deciphering Muttiah Muralitharan’s masterpieces? Or dealing with the pace of Dale Steyn? No chance, try managing your match-day ticket allocation.

These tickets are always in high demand, but never have they been more precious than for our last home match against Pune Warriors. The requests usually start weeks before from the local guys in our squad. I can only imagine what it must be like for them trying to satisfy friends and family, and in an effort to help, I always end up half promising my allocation to three or four guys. It can be a little awkward on match days when it is delivery time and you have no tickets to give, but I think the guys understand.

A few of us were treated to a fantastic round of golf on Thursday. We were kindly asked if we could spare some tickets, which of course we want to oblige to. But then I remember that I've promised a sponsor six tickets (already two more than our allocation, which I'm hoping to get off Morgs [Eoin Morgan]) and so the ticket-juggling cycle begins.

On the rare occasion that the tickets aren’t taken until the day of the match, the housekeeping guys at the hotel are always in luck. They are all pretty clued up on their cricket and always politely enquire about tickets. It’s great to help them out, provided they haven't been fiddling with my bats! It's probably the most hassle-free way of dealing with the allocation anyway.

You can call it an occupational hazard and I have seen players dealing with ticket requests in various ways. The responses vary from a gentle “no, sorry” to a curt “No.” I like the way [Dale] Steyn has chosen a treasure- hunt approach with his tickets. On each match day he tweets a location, where the first person to present the tweet can collect the tickets. I'm not sure if this would be wise or safe in cricket-crazy Kolkata.

Coming back to the field of play, my unblemished run in India has come to an abrupt end this week and I've been bed bound with flu and fever. Apart from the uncomfortable symptoms, the frustration of not being at the matches, especially the big ones like the Pune match, is annoying. I woke up during the ninth over when KKR were flying, and watched through half-open eyes and a pounding head as Warriors chipped away at our score of 150. At one stage it really looked like Dada's fairytale was unfolding, but Sunil Narine stole the show and we bagged a very important two points. The build-up to the game was massive, there's a lot of loyalty towards Sourav [Ganguly] here. Gauti's [Gautam Gambhir] handling (within the camp and publicly) of the build-up was superb, his actions with the bat complemented it nicely.

Tonight we play Daredevils in Delhi. It's Gauti’s hometown and he's made sure that his ticket demand has been met the day before the game. Preparation is key to any good pro. I'm just happy to be back with the team and feeling alive again.

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  • Garry on May 9, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Hey Tendo! I always admired your work on the cricket field, but this is the first time I am getting the opportunity to enjoy your writing skills. As crisp as your cover-drive. I had a trick question for you though. A certain Eoin Morgan is rated at #3 on IPL's T20 list for top batsmen currently (I recollect he spent a long time at #). What are his odds of getting into the playing 11 for KKR ?

  • hanif on May 8, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    i really like you to see in the playing eleven and you deseved it i know you are fit for opening with gautam gambhir. i hope and pray that you play games as much as posible

  • Rajat on May 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Hey Ryan Hopefully you are fine and will get chance in kkr team!!! But i am waiting for some India vs Netherland Match !!! hopefully in near future !!! Best of luck!!

  • Baundule on May 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    May be I am the only one that is not excited about getting a ticket. I prefer relaxing on my sofa and watching the match on the TV. I wish performers like you and Shakib would get a team with better management. Gambhir and Sunil are the only guys winning matches for the KKR. Otherwise, the management blunders of persisting with some non-performing players would show big. All the best.

  • Ayesha on May 8, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    Love the KKR team this season. Really enjoying watching their matches. I hope they win the title this year. All the best.

  • Amit on May 8, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Yes, I can imagine people trying to go watch it in the stand, because looking at the standard of some of the commentators you dont want to watch it in TV listening to idiots like Shiva, Ravi, Sunny sounding like broken record!!

  • Jay on May 8, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Hi Ryan, I am in Singapore but promise me a ticket and I will be on the next flight.

  • Jay on May 8, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Hi Ryan, I am in Singapore but promise me a ticket and I will be on the next flight.

  • masudbitk on May 7, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    KKR is on top and it is time to swap players by who were not given chances like you Ryan ("The gate of Heaven"). Or make a union to claim you guys right, take Sakib with you. It works in Bangla nicely. Or you can even think about a big strike with people. Go for it!!!

  • Maliha on May 7, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Really enjoy reading all your posts Tendo. It's great to get to know what goes on in players' minds and other stuff we usually don't get to hear of. Hope you get a game real soon.. :) March on Knights, march on!!

  • Garry on May 9, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Hey Tendo! I always admired your work on the cricket field, but this is the first time I am getting the opportunity to enjoy your writing skills. As crisp as your cover-drive. I had a trick question for you though. A certain Eoin Morgan is rated at #3 on IPL's T20 list for top batsmen currently (I recollect he spent a long time at #). What are his odds of getting into the playing 11 for KKR ?

  • hanif on May 8, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    i really like you to see in the playing eleven and you deseved it i know you are fit for opening with gautam gambhir. i hope and pray that you play games as much as posible

  • Rajat on May 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Hey Ryan Hopefully you are fine and will get chance in kkr team!!! But i am waiting for some India vs Netherland Match !!! hopefully in near future !!! Best of luck!!

  • Baundule on May 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    May be I am the only one that is not excited about getting a ticket. I prefer relaxing on my sofa and watching the match on the TV. I wish performers like you and Shakib would get a team with better management. Gambhir and Sunil are the only guys winning matches for the KKR. Otherwise, the management blunders of persisting with some non-performing players would show big. All the best.

  • Ayesha on May 8, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    Love the KKR team this season. Really enjoying watching their matches. I hope they win the title this year. All the best.

  • Amit on May 8, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Yes, I can imagine people trying to go watch it in the stand, because looking at the standard of some of the commentators you dont want to watch it in TV listening to idiots like Shiva, Ravi, Sunny sounding like broken record!!

  • Jay on May 8, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Hi Ryan, I am in Singapore but promise me a ticket and I will be on the next flight.

  • Jay on May 8, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Hi Ryan, I am in Singapore but promise me a ticket and I will be on the next flight.

  • masudbitk on May 7, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    KKR is on top and it is time to swap players by who were not given chances like you Ryan ("The gate of Heaven"). Or make a union to claim you guys right, take Sakib with you. It works in Bangla nicely. Or you can even think about a big strike with people. Go for it!!!

  • Maliha on May 7, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Really enjoy reading all your posts Tendo. It's great to get to know what goes on in players' minds and other stuff we usually don't get to hear of. Hope you get a game real soon.. :) March on Knights, march on!!

  • IanS on May 7, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Get well soon, Ryan. We need you at Chelmsford!

  • shekhar on May 7, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    I was just thinking about you and shakib in the team today morning when I was watching the match. Its soo tough to select only 4 foreign players with lot of talented players in the team. Hope you get a match and shine. Good luck for your career.

  • Bin laden on May 7, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    You should come to Afghanistan sometime . . . We will have fun :P . . . (plus we dont have any flu problem here :P )

  • Muddu on May 7, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Tendo, I want to see you playing. IPL is the only time we see you playing. Missing your game dear.

  • Sandy on May 7, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Yes, but use them wisely Ryan. Amazing article. Kudos.

  • Md. Tajirul Haque on May 7, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    You played well but you are not in the team. You should be in the team I mean in the 11

  • Raj.. on May 7, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Ryan..for a player of ur stature and talent..the most challenging aspect is "how to get in the team??'' Good Luck for finding the answers to that..

  • Himansu on May 7, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    I am still waiting to see you in action.Hope you will get a chance soon.And yes please keep the posts coming i love to read all these off field activities.

  • anshul on May 7, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Really nice one Tendo; Lets start a poll --- Tendo or Nennes (not on there cricketing ability but on their ability with pen)... Plz vote.....

  • Shoib Chaudhary on May 7, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Great post mate, keep on posting.. Can't wait for you to get a game again, pure class tendo!

  • vik on May 7, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    very true

  • Yash on May 7, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Tickets please???

  • Vishy on May 7, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Ryan you are funny and your writing is great. Diaries of yours and Dirk Nannes is splendid and gives cricket fans lot of insights to the way overseas players adapt to India. Hope your flu is gone and you are ready for the Delhi match. IPL is a great way to know about lot of human sides of players. Hope you are back next year and preferably get picked by CSK which is my favourite team. Good luck and I am waiting to see your next write up.

  • Atul on May 7, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Dear Ryan, You could give a ticket to the first one to comment on your blog. When can I collect my tickets ? :)

  • shamit on May 7, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Hello Ryan, The cricket crazzzy public of this country are best surmised as "the wise old men of Indostan" :)... Sorry to hear abt the flu, hope you go get yourself a blazing 100 to get over that hangover :)... Take care!!

  • Naveen on May 7, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Ryan is a good player. I Think he should get chance

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  • Naveen on May 7, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Ryan is a good player. I Think he should get chance

  • shamit on May 7, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Hello Ryan, The cricket crazzzy public of this country are best surmised as "the wise old men of Indostan" :)... Sorry to hear abt the flu, hope you go get yourself a blazing 100 to get over that hangover :)... Take care!!

  • Atul on May 7, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Dear Ryan, You could give a ticket to the first one to comment on your blog. When can I collect my tickets ? :)

  • Vishy on May 7, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Ryan you are funny and your writing is great. Diaries of yours and Dirk Nannes is splendid and gives cricket fans lot of insights to the way overseas players adapt to India. Hope your flu is gone and you are ready for the Delhi match. IPL is a great way to know about lot of human sides of players. Hope you are back next year and preferably get picked by CSK which is my favourite team. Good luck and I am waiting to see your next write up.

  • Yash on May 7, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Tickets please???

  • vik on May 7, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    very true

  • Shoib Chaudhary on May 7, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Great post mate, keep on posting.. Can't wait for you to get a game again, pure class tendo!

  • anshul on May 7, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Really nice one Tendo; Lets start a poll --- Tendo or Nennes (not on there cricketing ability but on their ability with pen)... Plz vote.....

  • Himansu on May 7, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    I am still waiting to see you in action.Hope you will get a chance soon.And yes please keep the posts coming i love to read all these off field activities.

  • Raj.. on May 7, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Ryan..for a player of ur stature and talent..the most challenging aspect is "how to get in the team??'' Good Luck for finding the answers to that..