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Playing the field

This season of ICL promises to be big and not just because of the cricket. Rakhi Sawant will be cheerleading, writes Rahul Sabharwal.

entertainment Updated: Oct 11, 2008 13:38 IST
Rahul Sabharwal

This season of ICL promises to be big and it’s not just because of the cricket. Rakhi Sawant will be cheerleading along with 12 girls. The group is called ICL Zeebras. And she’s confident that she’ll be the “highlight of the tournament”. “We’re hot, hot girls who’ll be wearing hot, hot clothes.”

And she promises that the clothes will be as hot as those worn by the IPL cheerleaders. “The firangs wore very few clothes. If they can’t stop them, dekhte hain humko kaun rokta hai.” Rakhi plans to be unstoppable in more ways than one — she wants to rid these tournaments of foreign cheerleaders. “Main saari firang ladkiyo ko bhagaana chahti hoon. Indians don’t get a chance in their own country because of them. Are Indians invited to do cheerleading abroad?”

Till she’s invited, Rakhi is willing to give IPL a chance. “We are willing to perform there if Sharad Pawar and Lalit Modi want us to,” she says. Meanwhile at ICL, it’s not only cheerleading that Rakhi is looking forward to.

Agar mujhe chance mila to main to match bhi kheloongi. If cricketers can dance on TV, humaara haq banta hai.” And she’d like to play with Dhoni and Rohan Gavaskar. “They are the hottest cricketers.” Rakhi is also busy with TV. “I’m doing a lot of reality shows and I love it; that’s why they call me the reality queen.”

But she’s not too thrilled with judging Ek Se Badhkar Ek, Chhota Packet Bada Dhamaka. “It’s boring,” she says. “Children’s dancing is like films — they are hit one week and flop the next.”