It’s sweaty, the timings are inconvenient, the teams have hardly any local players, but every IPL match sees huge crowds and wildly extrovert behaviour, says Dilip Bobb in the Indian Express, and proceeds to explore why that is.

It’s [also] obviously nothing to do with the extra attractions like cheerleaders or accompanying band-baaja; the novelty has worn off and some cheerleaders are even sporting saris this time around. The fan frenzy, including wearing team shirts, waving flags, screaming hysterically and performing high-fives with total strangers, is so out of proportion to local or even state representation that it clearly points to something deeper and more psychological.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo