The girls themselves are saying it.
The cheerleaders with the Indian Premier League, having performed their little show at stadiums across the country, claim the spectators at Mohali — home to the Kings XI, Punjab — are ‘the most crude of them all’.
In Delhi ahead of Wednesday’s Daredevils versus Rajasthan Royals game, the cheerleaders were asked to rate the crowds at various centres.
“The Mohali crowds get very crude and nasty. They look as if they’ll get violent,” said one of the girls from Johannesburg. (She cannot be named, as cheerleaders are not allowed to speak on such subjects to the media).
Bangalore was their favourite city. “The people are good and the atmosphere is brilliant,” said one of the girls. Their second favourite city is Mumbai (and no, they haven’t been hounded by Sena types). “We’ve had no problem there,” the cheerleader said.
Finally, how was Delhi? The Capital was dubbed “okay”.
“The fact that there’s so much security perhaps doesn’t allow the crowd to do anything silly,” said a DNA official, the entertainment agency handling the cheerleaders.
There are 50 foreign cheerleaders at the IPL, 40 of them from South Africa and the remaining 10, on standby, from Ukraine.