Sunday’s game between the Delhi Daredevils and the Kings XI Punjab proved a damp squib. It wasn’t just because of the spineless batting from the Daredevils batsmen, but also because of the searing temperatures which went well beyond 40.
“It is just too hot. I certainly prefer night games. I will never come to a day game next year. We hope they schedule just the night games,” said a female spectator, who had shelled out a massive Rs 6000 for a seat at the first-floor old clubhouse stand.
Most of the stands are open, including the old clubhouse. Spectators were seen leaving the stadium even during the match. You just had to step into the stands to feel the heat.
“It was hot and on top of that the game was as good as over before it had reached the halfway stage,” complained another spectator. There were incidents of kids vomitting in the old clubhouse.
The cheerleaders dancing for the crowds weren’t spared either. A few of them rushed inside to freshen up, looking drained and dehydrated, during the innings break. The co-ordinator of the cheergirls made no bones about the heat.
“It is very hot. All Indian cities, except Bangalore, have been like this. Dancing in the day games is tough. I carry satchets of ORS. I kept giving it to the girls.”
The situation in Jaiupur, too, has been equally bad during the day matches. With the temperature hovering around 40 degree centigrade in Jaipur, the day match on Wednesday proved quite excruciating.