Even as the spectators enjoyed every bit of it, Rugby Sevens looked Greek to those clad in khaki, patrolling the Delhi University ground, one of the
venues for the ongoing Commonwealth Games.
For Delhi police personnel, Rugby Sevens seemed more of a modern version of Kabaddi. "Yahan Kabaddi acchi chal rahi hai (Kabaddi event is going great here)," a cop, stationed near the ground packed to the brim, was heard saying.
One, for a moment, wondered whether Kabaddi was ever included in the Commonwealth Games, but our dear 'wardiwalas' were oblivious to all this. Comprehending the sport, it seemed, was beyond them.
"I think this is the modern version of the Kabaddi. Everything is same, gripping, holding one down, opponents ambushing the player running with the ball. This is good but the duration (of the match) is short," said a police personnel to another.
The other seconded. "Dear, everything is ok except one. What's the use of the ball and why are they kicking," the cop asked.
Another personnel soon joined in the interesting discussion.
"Can't you understand what he said earlier -- modern version of the game. They have included some new things into the game to raise its popularity," he said.
Meanwhile, the newly-built 10,000 capacity Rugby stadium near the Delhi University's vice-chancellor office witnessed some of the world's leading Sevens nations battle for supremacy in front of near full house.
International Rugby Sevens is a hit, not just in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia or South Africa; but all over the world. And if today's scenes inside the stadium were any indication, then the sport is catching up India too.
The crowd turned up in large numbers, braving the hot and humid weather. Some in the crowd danced to peppy Bollywood numbers while some tried to understand the finer nuances of the sport.
Others sang and cheered for the men in blue and shouted slogans of 'Chak De India' and 'Jai Ho' during India matches.
Not even for a minute did the crowd stop cheering the team. Every time India made a move, people rose to their feet and acknowledged their efforts.
The tricolour was also seen at one stand.
"The game is new for many but we are enjoying our time here. It's pretty hot out here but still no one can stop us from watching our most lovable sport," said a group of DU students.