From north London to India
There is nothing better than finding work in your passion. Danny Byrne from North London is a lucky man. Cricket is his passion. He would save money from his job as a park ranger (in Heath) to travel all over the world to watch cricket. He could be spotted in the stands at the Australia vs Bangaldesh matches in Dhaka or an India vs West Indies match in St Lucia, diligently maintaining his scorebook. He is currently a very happy man. Reason? BBC Radio has hired him as their scorer for the World Cup!
"I do scoring for the BBC Radio for their matches in India and Bangladesh. Do I have to say that I am loving it?" said a beaming Byrne.
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Black tickets for english couple
Chris and Emma live in Essex and were among the thousands who managed to enter the Chinnaswamy Stadium for the England-India game.
The couple arrived in Bangalore on Friday without match tickets after holidaying in Goa. That they still made it won't surprise locals but might interest the authorities.
"We were at a restaurant on Friday evening, asking people over there whether there was any chance to watch the match," said Chris. To their surprise, an employee of the restaurant came to their help. "You will get tickets but they will cost you a little bit more than usual," Chris was told.
In the end, they coughed up Rs5000 for two tickets worth Rs500 each. "We didn't mind buying them because we wanted to be part of a packed ground at a cricket match in India," said Emma.
Ashraful: the bowling success
When Md Ashraful failed with the bat against Ireland he thought it would probably be his last match for for sometime. "But things changed when in the break (skipper) Shakib told me to get ready to bowl. 'Take out their left-handers he told me," Ashraful said. Ashraful took the wickets of Ed Joyce and Andrew White to rally Bangladesh to a victory.
The 50-over game isn’t dead yet!
After the Twenty20 revolution in 2007, many started predicting the demise of the 50-over format. This World Cup should silence them. The demand for tickets is massive for the India games, as well as those between other big teams. But the real indicator of the health of the game are the TAM TRP ratings even for the non-India games. According to a spokesperson of the official broadcasters, the highest TRP for the England-Netherlands was 9 while the average was 2.5. It means three per cent of the Indian population watched the game throughout and 18 per cent during its peak phase.
For the India vs Bangladesh opening game, the average TRP was 10.2, one of the highest recorded for any event. The rating can be judged on the basis of the TRP of the TV programme of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh, which is 1.5.
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal