My sister and I were lying on the couch, watching Mumbai Indians battle it out against Chennai Superkings. I casually picked up my phone, and texted a friend…about cheese. That’s right, cheese.
My sister let out a horrified gasp, her eyes popping out of their sockets as she read the text about cheese and then back at the TV screen. And back and forth she went until my cellphone slipped out of my grasp and clattered on to the floor. I couldn’t care less, as I realised the enormity of my actions.
Sacrilege! Sheer Blasphemy! Abomination!
I was texting ‘non-cricket’ during the first match of the IPL season. For a family that literally bleeds blue, it was like I had smothered the cute kittens that our colony’s resident cat had given birth to. Or slapped a baby. Or worse still, finished the last scoop of ice cream in the deep freezer.
I was worried for my lack of interest and all the above mentioned scenarios. Had I stopped loving cricket? My forehead creased with worry, and my heart beating with trepidation, I approached my brother. He was developing a software on that legendary day last year when we won the world cup. A software. Can you believe that? But I digress.
Before turning back to GTA, he said, “It isn’t cricket, just IPL.” And then I understood. IPL had kicked off it’s fifth edition, with more glitz and glamour. But for me, I lacked those bad nails you get when you’re sitting on the edge and chewing on them, because there’s nothing else that you can do.
I had experienced such joy when IPL first started, but now, I couldn’t be more indifferent, and well, that was worrisome. I’ll call this phenomenon, ‘C-OD’ – Cricket Overdose. So when I could not derive any pleasre, not stir any passions (I’m a consummate swearer, only during the matches), I just switched the TV off and turned to a book that I’d been meaning to read for days.
Maybe it’s too early to make a decision on this season of IPL yet, but I’m firm on my decision. I hope when I watch a match in IPL after a few days of cricket-starvation, I’ll be able to summon the string of expletives that my ears just ache to hear.
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