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IPL; it’s just not India

Don’t get me wrong; I am still watching, I have chosen a favourite team (ish) and I love the game. But it really isn’t the same as last year, is it?

First up, we had a proper Cape Town winter weekend. Which is to be expected, since it is actually the middle of April. Then, we had a Newlands special. The lights got broke. Then there was a dog on the field. For eleven minutes. I kid you not.

My biggest issue though was the crowd. Now, I was in Oudshoorn when the tickets for the IPL went on sale, and Big Friendly told me that they sold out in an hour and a half. So I was expecting to see that. I mean, the magnificence of seeing a game in India is the size of the crowd and its passion! But no, at Newlands the cameramen had to cheat and angle their crowd shots to avoid the vast empty seats. Who were those tickets sold to? It’s only 15000 or so seats. Surely we could have managed a better crowd? I don’t get it.

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4 Comments

  1. Sorry, Megan, your TV-eyes have been misleading you. I was there with a reliable ten year old witness – I’d say that the average attendance over the two days (Saturday and Sunday) was above 90%, way below the “vast” number of empty spaces you observed. The cameramen didn’t have to cheat – it was mostly packed.

    The empty spaces were mostly at the President’s Pavilion – where seats were allocated for box owners – who didn’t show up (granted: they should have sold those seats at the door!).

    All other sections (Oaks, Northern, Railway, Castle-Corner etc.) were chock-a-block. Also – the atmosphere was absolutely spectacular: lively, full of delicious vibes and very very entertaining. Sexy Bollywood stuff for sure! It wasn’t India, but vintage Cape Town.

  2. megan

    glad to hear it!

  3. megan

    As quoted off Fake IPL player!
    “Being right here, I can tell you that the grounds are pretty sparsely filled, especially during the first inning. But the broadcasting team has been told to keep talking about the excitement and the fever at the ground. The camera men have been instructed not to pan towards empty stands. And the producers keep telling the spectators to scream and shout when the cam pans to them. I don’t know what you guys sense on TV, but watching it from here, the so-called ‘excitement’ and ‘energy’ seems even faker than this blog.”

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