I have never been very obsessed with cricket. Forget about going to a stadium to watch a match, I don't even try hard to catch a match on the Television. It is unimaginble for me to watch a test match. It is almost impossible that I will ever watch an entire one day match. However, with T20, it is a different story. The matches are short and there are less number of sluggish overs in between. I am not advocating T20 matches over one dayers or test matches in any way, it is just that T20 are easier to watch.
The only matches I have watched live from a stall in a stadium are T20. It started last year when we went out with office colleagues to watch an IPL match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. After that I went to Dharamshala to watch the finals of the largest cricket tournament in the world. It ws again a T20 match. And then today, I againt watched an IPL match. And again I witnessed Delhi Daredevils lose the match.
The stalls have only started filling in and the teams are practicing on the grounds. People are busy watching the players though I wonder what is the point. You cannot make out who is who. I even had trouble making out whether they were dancing or practicing. This is one of the reasons why I consider it better to watch a cricket match at home.
The staidum and the stalls are nicely constructed with really powerful floodlights. When it is dark, these lights successfully create an illusion of the day.
Fans did not seem to excited. It wasn't as electric as the last year. And even though IPL tries its best to charge the crowd with a DJ and cheerleaders, I think an international match is more interesting to watch.
The lights came on early so that there would be a conistent lighting condition when day turned to dusk
By the time the match started, the staium was full. Last year we had got seats quite close to the ground. But this time it was much higher up.
April thankfully is much more pleasant this time than it was the last time. So sitting there wasn't so uncomfortable.
Each lighting panel has 96 individual lights so you can imagine the amount of light they throw on the grounds.
Slowly the crowd was becoming charged.
Well not so much. And to be honest, Delhi Daredevils did not give us enough reasons to cheer. :(
Panoramic View of Feroz Shah Kotla Ground !!
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