First chapter in cricket newest revolution has ended. The IPL concluded this past Sunday. It was curtains for one of the most successful cricket competitions in recent times. And what a story it has scripted. Baring the world cup, never has such interest ever been generated for Cricket. The T20s has taken the world, and now India, by storm. As if being world champions was not enough! And, rest assured, IPL 2 will be bigger, grander and larger than life! And I will be waiting.
Yesterday evening, for the first time, I realized how addicted I had become to it. I got back home at about 8.40pm, walked into my room, kept aside my cellphone, keys, wallet etc and walked back into the living room. Took me a few seconds to hunt down the remote and turn on the TV. And, as if by default, my fingers pressed ‘2’, ‘1’, ‘0’ in quick succession that took me to SetMax. And, after I saw a young Amitabh Bachchan delivering dialogues in his trade mark style, that it hit me like a lightning bolt – No more IPL!!! It is over. Gone. Finished. Concluded.
My heart sunk. I was missing it. I was missing the IPL. As a ardent cricket aficionado, this was not good for me. My thoughts started scrambling – Why did it have to end? Would I get to see Warney in action again? or a pulsating Shoeb Akhtar running in to bowl? Before all this could get the better of me, I could hear my mind say what Agent Smith said, “Everything that has a beginning, has an end!” (Btw, my mind said it in exactly the same way and style as said by Smith in Matrix Revolutions! I don’t know how it did that. Amazing the possibilities of a human mind…..human who?!).
I got in bed later at night and my wife asks me, “Everything ok?”. I replied, “Yes. Why? Do I look like something’s wrong?”. She replies, ” Yes. Since the time you got home, you look lost”. Not knowing why she felt that way, I replied, “Everything’s ok dear. Maybe I’m just tired”.
Sorry honey. I did’nt realize it last night but did so when I got to work this morning. It’s the IPL or, rather, the lack of it.