The Family Cricket!!!
So the season has ended. The dish best serve cold, revenge, has been served. Right now, emptiness occupies the mind. Soon, a fantastic season of classical dance will be taken over by month and a half of cabaret. Color white will be thrown somewhere in the dustbin for quite some time. Ravi Shastri will shoot tracer bullets by his booming voice for next couple of months or so. The type of cricket to be seen in next couple of months is said to be targeted towards the family – read women. You don’t need to sell cricket in India to men. It is the families which need selling.
Actually, selling cricket to families in India shouldn’t be that difficult. There is a bit of a cricketer/official in every family member in India. Every family member resembles some kind cricketer/official in India.
Here are a few I could spot -
Husbands – Husbands in Indian families signify Indian captains. An Indian captain is expected to martial his troops for the entire day; win the match convincingly, speak without letting the tongue slip to call “Red Light Signals” as “Red Light Areas”, attend the post-match press conference, tell people why a left arm spinner didn’t bowl 45th over of the innings, go back to hotel and start practicing for the toss. He has to repeat the above mentioned steps, almost every day. He has one more responsibility, should be a cakewalk really, of keeping everyone happy. Husbands do a similar job. Just that their job is a tad easier as they have to deal with other side of the gender divide, which is a tad more confusing in the sense that they don’t know if they are dealing with their own players or opposition’s, which is a tad more complex than dealing 11 Sreesanths in the side.
Wives – Wives are quite like off spinners. Their guile lies in invitation, deception and invincibility. Giving generous a flight is what reflects invitation. It is an invitation to drive; mind you it is against the turn, by reaching the pitch of the ball. As you think you have reached the pitch of the ball, the turn deceives you; it goes through the gate and knocks you over. They are almost invincible in this art unless dealt with craft and finesse. If you want to have any chance against an off spinner, you will have to be positive. You need to think a step in advance.
Bitter gourd in lunch means you have forgotten something like “five years back, our Horoscopes were matched”, hence must go home with flowers. Surprise “I Love You” sms means an expensive crockery set has been bought and your monthly saving plan has been murdered.
More defensive you get, more aggressive the off spinner will get. If turn doesn’t get you, bounce will. If charm doesn’t get you, tears will.
However, there is a fundamental difference between and off spinner and wives. You would prefer an off spinner who has a Doosra.
Mothers – Mothers are like Sachin
fans devotees. No matter what a son
does, mother’s love in her son is as immovable as devotee’s faith in
their God. If a son is rejected by a girl because he looks like a
Chimpanzee, mother will remind people that her son used
to look like a chocolate cake when he was 2 years old. When people
remind the mother that almost every 2 year old looks like a chocolate
cake and her son is actually ugly, mother will tell people that her
son’s face may be ugly but eyes are gorgeous. Mother
may also have a problem with women liberalization which has given women
a chance to reject men. Mother will surely have a problem with the girl
– she doesn’t have an eye for beauty. For every mother, her son can do
now wrong. For every Sachin devotee, he can
do no wrong. Questioning every failure is met with the arguments like
“You know how long he has been playing”. A counter argument is dealt
with “He has scored more runs than the number of hair on your body”.
This goes on. Finally, it all ends with typical
motherly tears – “Give him a chance. He will do it as he has so often”.
Fathers – Fathers, in an extended family, are like umpires. They don’t play but officiate. Whenever there is a dispute, people leave it to them to decide. The party that loses, almost always, feels vindicated whereas the winning party says – “That’s okay. It is his job, isn’t it?” Quite often kids in the family take the DRS route – Dad’s Redressal System. Like umpires, fathers also have quite a thankless job. It’s not the good ones but the bad decisions are what for they are remembered for. Don’t agree with me? Tell me one decision you remember from one the most blessed fathers in our mythology – Dasharatha.
The Kid – Any kid wants very few these things on his birthday. He wants his birthday cake with pictures of Doraemon, Ben10 and Spiderman on it, if it cannot be done in one cake then 3 separate birthday cake. The Kid wants to invite all his friends but Guddu, he can invite Guddu but then Pappu will not be coming, if both of them come, Shalu will surely not be invited. If all three come together, the kid will not celebrate his birthday unless he gets a battery driven car as his birthday gift. The kid wants all his friends to come with the gifts and leave as soon as the gifts are handed over so that he can open them. If mood permitting, the kid will not mind opening the gifts in front of his friends but on condition that nobody will touch his gifts. Once all the guests are gone, the kid wants to open each and every gift, break at least a dozen of them and bunk the school on next day. Day after the next day, kid is found in a pensive mood because it is Guddu’s birthday and who would be getting all the gifts. The kid wants to celebrate his birthday on that day as well and on the next as well. He wants to celebrate his birthday, every day.The kid is no different from an average Indian fan. They want everything. Once they get everything, they complain of boredom saying, “This has become so easy. There is no fun left in it”