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Merry men and elusive cricketers

The Indian team has been aloof since reaching Nottingham and meeting the players is becoming quite a task. For the fans, this has come as a rude shock. Arjun Sen reports.

cricket Updated: Jun 07, 2009 23:33 IST
Arjun Sen

Men in tights

It is almost customary to wear your Robin Hood outfit to a game at Trent Bridge. There was a man in tights almost everywhere you looked. In fact, a group of guys went the whole hog, dressing up as the whole bunch of Merry Men. The crowd favourite? Had to be Little John. The costume was, well, accentuating, his pot belly

Everywhere an Indian

Neeraj and Rita Malhotra drove all the way down from Essex to watch India start their title defence.

The 30-something couple is a huge fan of the Indian team, with Neeraj having travelled all the way to the West Indies the last time India were there. “We have two kids — five and four — but we didn’t want to miss this game for anything. Left them with my mom,” said Rita. They have bought tickets for all the India games, as well as the final. “After all,” Neeraj said, “We are winning this.”

Say cheese!

Seeing an Indian player in flesh and blood is, it seems, the thing to do around these parts. And come hell or high water, every obstacle is forgotten once a star is framed.

However, the Indian team has been aloof since reaching Nottingham and meeting the players is becoming quite a task.

For the fans, this has come as a rude shock. “The last time the team was here - in 2007 - they were all so friendly, the would hang around in the City Centre, shopping, having a quick bite, this time, they hardly seem to come out of the hotel,” said Anjali, a 23-year-old who wants to click ‘just one’ photograph with Dhoni. Last seen, she was outside the team hotel in the rain, still waiting.