Laze in bed, take all the time to paint your face and get set for the big party at leisure — the city couldn’t be happier that the day of the India-Sri Lanka Cricket World Cup final is a holiday for many.
“We’re super lucky that the match is on a Saturday. No one will need to bunk office,” says Purnima Parashar, 25, who is having a house party with pals. Ritika Rana, an MNC employee, says, “The mood is very relaxed. Some of my colleagues are flying to Mumbai, thanks to the timing,” says Shrey Makhija, 26. For Deepak Sharma, a 28-year-old telecom professional, it’s double the luck: “My mother and I are both very superstitious, so I am glad we will watch the match together,” he says.
HR professionals and cops are also heaving a sigh of relief. “On Wednesday, we put up a big projector and had to deal with many leave requests. Thank God there’ll be no such hassles now,” says Sharmili Rajput of Oriflame India.
Satyendra Garg, JCP (Traffic) says, “We had not anticipated the celebrations that took place on Wednesday night. But we’re all set for today.” Nightclub owners are as delighted. “We are expecting a full house from the first innings itself, which was not the case on Wednesday, when workplaces were functioning,” says Vyom Ghai of Buzz, Saket.
Sach is the charm
It’s not just the victory that’s concerning Bollywood hotshots, who are sitting glued to the action on the pitch rooting for the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, to hit a 100 in what will be perhaps his last world cup ODI before he hangs his gloves. “More than anything else, I’m excited about Sachin completing a century this time. He missed the mark in Mohali by just 15 runs, so I have fingers crossed for today!” says filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar. Bollywood bad man Gulshan Grover says, “I really hope Sachin hits a century. All my wishes are with him.”
“If we win, it’d be the most befitting tribute to this great cricketer,” says Dum Maaro Dum newbie, Rana Daggubati. Singer Mika Singh, who was in Mohali on Wednesday, says, “I’m sure he will hit a century today and also get us the Cup. Over a billion hearts are praying for him.”