Even before commentator Ravi Shastri could draw a comparison between India and Pakistan in the ninth over, at a house party in Kalyan an over-by-over analysis was ready. An instant chart of statistical probabilities and possibilities of our winning chances were rattled off.
And this expert in-house analysis rocked the party in the clubhouse of the Kalapatru residential complex. Of the 45 people cheering in their party hall, six were members of the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Scorers of India.
Started in 1987, members of the association keep scores for matches and analyse the statistics. “We will be at Wankhede stadium for the final,” said Theo Braganza, 60, secretary of the association.
At Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Rajni Birla had the perfect tools for a perfect cricket party: a white wall, a projector, a high quality sound system and a stacked bar. “I had 15 people over. While at a bar there may be a lot more people, it’s more comfortable at home,” said Birla.
And with the house parties comes a slew of superstitions. “Every time a friend of ours went to the kitchen, India got a wicket. So we kept sending her for more food,” said Aarti Narang, 24, a media professional at a house party in Goregaon.
“You can do things like these only at a house party,” she added.
Management student Vikas Hotwani, 25, wore a “lucky” worn-out T-shirt he had picked at a garage sale and believes “has contributed significantly to every Indian victory”.