How would a fanatic cricket fan feel on getting an all-expenses paid chance to travel, stay, eat and drink with his favourite players? That, too, not just for a day or two, but for an entire tournament!
Three such fans, chosen in a contest by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, have been travelling with the team from the start of the Champions League.
“We're overjoyed on being the first two girls to travel with the team,” said Shireen Dastagir, the pod caster, and Disha Shetty, the team's blogger. Dharma Chandru, the photographer, couldn't agree
As the trio claims to know the “person behind the persona”, Hindustan Times asked them to list the who's who in the team.
It's undoubtedly Ross Taylor. He's a very sweet person who's always doing or saying something funny to cheer up the side. While others took time to open up, he was friend from Day One. His 'chalo', 'chalo' calls are really hilarious. Virat Kohli, too, is also quite friendly. He took some time to open up, but once he did, he's been fun to be with for
That's for sure Praveen Kumar and Manish Pandey. The two always have a trick or two up their sleeves. They have been trying to pull a fast one, but we have been careful not to fall in their trap.
It's Anil Kumble. He shows a lot of interest in what we are doing and even goes to the website to check it out. He's always there with a word of advice and encouragement. Ray Jennings (coach) too is a wonderful human being. He's the epitome of an gentleman.
It's Dillon du Preez. He's cute and very caring. He's always ensuring that we are comfortable.
It's the big Australian, Cameron White. He can be really intimidating at times with his looks.
Man of few words:
It's fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun. He hardly talks, and when he does, it's generally in monosyllables. Moreover, he talks so softly it's almost impossible to hear him even when he is next to you.
Manish Pandey. He's always asking me to click him. He's a photographer's delight. The others are normally annoyed if I click them all the time. Taylor and Kohli even threatened to take away my camera and click me the entire day.
That's Robin Uthappa. He loves food and it's impossible to keep him from eating brownies. He loves them.
Umm, it's Cameron White. If he's not around, one needs to look for him at the bar. He's always there, whether the team wins or loses.
That's Jacques Kallis. He keeps to himself and generally doesn't interact much.
No one, they all are very good boys. No one flirts with us at least. They crack jokes with each other but it’s all in good humour.
Well, we believe it all save the last one, perhaps.