Posted On Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 01:26:52 AM
There already was a hype around it. After all, the most loved sport, adopted and considered national even though it wasn’t, got faster, louder and more prime time than ever before.
People cheered harder for new teams that they claimed long-standing ties with, even though ‘home’ grounds were home to only a handful of the players.
So naturally, when the opportunity for more cities in which the entire population could proudly claim kinship to sportsmen arose, that’s all the country could talk about.
And then there was controversy. Controversy for actual ownership of the players and sportsmen — who’d get to sell official merchandise and appear on TV smirking arm-and-arm with superstars. Controversy involved well-groomed politicians over whom long-legged girls in newsrooms drooled over.
But eventually, when play began, no one cared who owned whom. They watched, cheered, ordered more drinks and ignored their dates, pausing only between overs, to not talk about beautiful eyes.