This morning I thought why am I not blogging? So here I am blogging. Suddenly so many thoughts started coming to mind and I was not sure where to start. Suddenly I remembered the first ever Cricket test match I had seen at Brabourne Stadium. It was in 1958 November (I hope I am right). I was 9 years old and had gone there with my uncle. I had never been into such a crowd but I dissolved pretty quickly.
I did not know then who Gary Sobers was neither did I know about Poly Umrigar nor about Gilchrist. But I remember smooth action of Atkinson and Bapu Nadkarni. Ferrocious hitting of Gary Sobers.
I remember eating ganderi ( peeled Sugar cane cut to small pieces) boiled gound nut pods (salted) and assorted stuff. I also remember the support from the crowd when tiny Ramakant Desai came in to bowl.
Last test match I saw was at Wankhede when India beat Australia in 2004-2005 series. I was 55 then but I enjoyed the match equally. I defnitely missed the ganderi and ground nuts ( proabably I had moved over to eating packed stuff which was just OK). Equally enjoyed the crowd support when Austrialians ran into bowl to the Great tiny Sachin; what a site it was!!
At the time of West Indies match I hardly was into defeats and victories but now it was different and how I enjoyed it. We had match on the fourth day and how I danced with crowd!