Girls play with Barbies and boys with their bats. Girls cheer and shout when boys take a difficult catch. Girls are allowed to become the umpire but their decisions are never taken seriously because, let’s face it, they don’t know anything about cricket. Sounds familiar?
Well, this was my childhood. I would sit near the window watching my brothers and their friends playing gully cricket, with all their complicated rules. At that time, it didn’t occur to me that the rules of an actual game of cricket were different from those of gully cricket. So the first time, I went to watch a match in an actual stadium with my family, I was really confused. Why did the crowd cheer when a ball went outside the ropes? That meant that the batsman is out, didn’t it? And why were the fielders so lethargic? They didn’t catch any of the thappi catches (one bounce catch) to get the batsman out. The batsman was allowed to play more than two overs, the same bowler bowled ten overs in the entire match and the scoreboard did not award singles when the bowl went out of the first circle. All this was completely contrary to the rules I had known.
So, after the match got over, I decided to ask my brothers. And they just laughed and laughed some more. The next day, they told their friends, who made fun of me all summer. Whenever I would sit next to them during a match, they would come tease me mercilessly. In fact, my brothers decided that since I did not know anything about cricket, I would not be allowed to sit on the sofa. The SOFA! The only place that had the best view of the match being played on television. It was a big blow for my 8 year old self. I could’ve cried but hey, the love of cricket pushed me to try and do something amazing. I launched Operation Reclaim the Sofa.
I started a cricket club for girls; girls who adored this wonderful game and who wanted to learn not only the rules but also how to play it. Luckily for me, I managed to find my club mates pretty quickly and we practiced daily in school. We were pretty good at it and next summer, we challenged the boy for a match, where the winner would walk away with the opportunity to sit on the Sofa whenever India played. And then…well, you guessed it right! We beat the boys team and reclaimed our Sofa.
Here is the picture of that day. My dad decided to immortalize it 😀 That is my wonderful girl’s cricket club and you can see me on the extreme left, grinning ear to ear in a blue frock, sitting on the beloved sofa.
From a girly 8 year old, I had transformed myself and my wonderful cricket club into a confident and knowledgeable 9 year olds who were true fans of cricket. J
The best of our cricket club is that it still exists. All of us still love to catch up on cricket and have a blast! And now, thanks to starsports.com, our cricket viewing experience is so much better! The website has all these amazing features. Check them out!
I can discuss the match with my friends via Facebook
Check out live commentary and great videos of the match!
Enjoy a chuckle over their funny posters
Check out groups standings whenever I want
And do so many more things!
But if you had to ask my most favourite feature, I would go for Deferred Live. Here are my top 3 reasons about why I love it!
- I can go and fetch a new packet of chips and not miss the live telecast
- I can replay my favourite moments
- It gives the power to control the match, at least for give minutes 😉
Thanks to starsports.com, I can enjoy IPL in a revolutionary way.