I usually post on this blog on Tuesdays and Fridays, but I’m adding an extra post today. I just couldn’t let this week pass without mentioning cricket. My husband was at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday to watch Royal Challengers Bangalore play Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League.
The IPL version of cricket, where each side only bowls 20 overs (120 balls), often produces exciting matches. Runs and wickets come thick and fast and the atmosphere in the stadium is always great. But this match was extraordinary. Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 263 runs, and 175 of them were scored by Chris Gayle. Gayle, Bangalore’s star batsman from the West Indies, was smashing sixes into the stands, and breaking records along the way. His first 100 runs were the fastest century in the history of professional cricket.
I’m sorry I have no photos of the match, but here are the souvenirs which my husband brought home on Tuesday. Flags and posters were given to all spectators at the march; my husband bought the hat; and the green wristband was his entrance pass – I just want to prove that he was there on 23 April!
For those of you not interested in cricket, here’s a extra photo, showing how numbers are written in India. The term “one lakh” is used for “one hundred thousand”. So two hundred and fifty thousand would be 2.5 lakh.
This is such a fundamental concept here that it appears in numbers when they are written, as a comma, breaking up the number in a way which still seems odd to me. You can see this in the next photo of a giant cheque presented to a cricketer at another IPL match – apologies for the fuzzy photo taken directly from our TV!