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NRIs Travel to the Cricket World Cup

India Currents Managing Editor, Nirupama Vaidhyanathan traveled to Manchester, U.K. to watch the Cricket World Cup with fans from across the globe. She live-blogged the India Bangladesh match for us:

4:02 am PST: Among a sea of blue. Shouts of Jeetegaa Jeetegaa, India Jeetegaa erupt in unison. The sound moves from stand to stand in succession. The tricolor flag of India is everywhere.

And have you heard about the Bharat army? They do not wear army gear. Oh no! They carry the dholak and wield curved sticks that beat out a rhythm energizing Indian fans into a frenzy of dancing and whistling.

Am I in a cricket ground in India or England? I have to remind myself that I’m indeed in the land of high tea, scones and orange marmalade. To be in a sea of Indian cricket fans from all over the world is an experience that defies a wordy description.

The India Bangladesh match in Birmingham is quite an experience for the senses.

5:50 am PST: The captains take the field for the toss and Kohli won the toss electing to bat first.  His choice was greeted with cheers and it seems to have paid off. The runs have been flowing at a steady pace. Opener Rohit Sharma scored an effortless century and lost his wicket right after.  KL Rahul provided to be a steady partner at the other end scoring 77 before losing his wicket. With a couple of wickets falling after that, i witnessed a confident  48 runs from  Rishabh Pant.  With the departure of Pant, it’s Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik with the score at 277 for 5.

9:43 am PST: India finished with a score of 314 for 5, lower than what was expected in what is turning to be a batting wicket.

Only when Bangladesh took strike, could you even hear the cheers of the small but noisy contingent of fans wearing green supporting Bangladesh. Their captain Shakib has departed after a strong knock of 66. The batsmen so far have shown a lot of heart holding down their wickets and adding a steady stream of runs on the board. With Bangladesh racing to 200 the Indian fans are suddenly silent, watching intently waiting for the fall of wickets that India sorely needs.

9:53 am PST: 91 runs required off 65 balls now.

10:36 am PST: Finally, after a few overs where the Bangladeshi batsmen kept hitting the ball to the perimeter, India prevailed. What a feeling! Cricket unifies Indians from all over the globe in a way that nothing else can.

11:24 am PST: The tunes I heard today? Jai Ho with a lot of bhangra in between. Every tune and every shout resonated. But the tune that was the loudest? Jana gana mana of course.  The vibes of good luck from Desi fans traveled through the air with each note and carried the team to the finish.

What a phenomenal experience!

 

Cricket World Cup Trophy in the Bay Area

On 2nd September, the California Cricket Academy sponsored an event where they displayed the trophy that will be the cynosure of all eyes during the International Cricket Council (ICC) sponsored Cricket World Cup matches to be held in England in 2019.

ICC sends the trophy around the world for display in 27 countries to generate interest in the game and to increase popularity towards the sport. In America, the game of cricket is not very popular, but thanks to a large South Asian population the game is growing in popularity. In fact, Cupertino runs a well-established cricket academy – California Cricket Academy – which is recognized by ICC. This distinction was made possible through the efforts of Hemant and Kinjal Buch, founders of California Cricket Academy.

This academy has grown in strength over the past 15 years, and it has attracted coaching talent drawn from present and past players from India and Pakistan. Ajit Tendulkar (brother of Sachin Tendulkar) is a regular visitor and coach at CCA.

When the Cricket World Cup tour started, Hemant Buch approached ICC through USA Cricket Association board member Suraj Vishwanathan of San Jose and  requested ICC to send the trophy here for public display.

The ICC obliged and the trophy was brought here by ICC representatives for the purposes of public display on 2nd September. It was a public function attended by a large gathering of cricket lovers, along with past and present Mayors of Cupertino, Mahesh Nihalani,CCA advisory Board member, other members of the academy and  officials of ICC. Event attendees were thrilled to see the actual trophy and enjoyed getting photographs taken. Cricket enthsuiasts used this opportunity to reminiscence about past World Cup Cricket matches that they had witnessed. India’s name is inscribed twice as winners on the trophy – 1983 and 2011 when Kapil Dev and M.S.Dhoni led India to victory.

A memorable event indeed!