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Bond over the bat and ball

india Updated: Apr 21, 2009 21:42 IST
Rannvijay column

Twrites he choice of what I write is pretty obvious this time round. Having spent the past few weeks in eager anticipation and the past few days glued to the television set, it goes without saying that when the IPL season is on, all my priorities change.

In fact, I'm writing this column as I watch Tendulkar hit bowler after bowler for a six.. too bad I had my money on
Chennai Super Kings! Anyway, since I'm so in the spirit of the game, I thought I must write on how sport in general, and cricket specifically, is a great bonding exercise among friends and enemies. Back in college, there was nothing we looked forward to more than our daily basketball matches early in the morning, and I can safely say I made some of my best friends on the court.

This IPL season, I urge everyone to treat it as more than just a match-watching exercise on TV. My advice is, get a chart with all the match dates, fix up different venues and make sure you and your friends get together and watch the matches together. I remember sitting in the hostel dorm and watching cricket matches till late in the night, which inevitably meant missing the morning classes sometimes.. an added bonus! It was one of the most memorable moments of my life. But that’s just one part of what I want to say.

This IPL season is also your chance to get in shape and even unleash the Tendulkar in you. How? Just buy your favourite team's jersey, call everyone you know, form a team and compete with with others —be it across neighbourhoods, across colleges, maybe even across cities.

Even if the real Delhi Daredevils don't win, you can salvage some glory for your own DU Daredevils team! And trust me, you'll make friendships that'll go way beyond just the cricket pitch. Lastly, I have to commend Preity Zinta for calling out to all the women who supported the IPL last season by cheering for their favourite team. Just goes to show how all the morons who think cricket is a man's game couldn’t be more wrong. So, if you do go ahead and decide to start your team, make sure it has people from both sexes. Who knows, maybe you'll find your better half hitting you for a four!