The crowd, noise, craziness, and entertainment was all expected! Why not, the Legends of Cricket were in New York!
And, how could I have missed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the greats in my own backyard! Actually, i was all pumped-up as i had never been to any cricket stadium earlier to watch a match live, though i am a die-hard fan of the game. In fact, i sometimes watch multiple matches live at home – with my TV and Laptops playing them all together 🙂
So, we set out to watch first match of the Cricket All-Stars series at Citi Field, home of New York Mets, on Saturday. The stadium was absolutely beautiful…though it is for Baseball, it looked amazing with the drop-in pitch laid-out perfectly for the match.
The line-ups of Sachin’s Blasters and Warne’s Warriors looked great though they were picked in a random draw at Times Square. I surely missed seeing Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi!
As the giant screen asked us to make noise and get louder, a cheer wave started across the stadium and went on for quite sometime.
I was live on air as well, shouting with Warne’s fans. You can see me in white tee with camera around my neck in the video below 🙂
It was quite an entertaining match and i am sure each one of the 36,000 people in the ground enjoyed to the fullest. It would be inspiring for the American sports lovers and for the betterment of the game to have more such matches in the US.
As the Warne’s team were heading for a win, Sachin probably thought he can entertain us with an over. Guess what, he went for a six soon!
And, the presentation soon followed with Shane Warne being declared Man of the Match!
The next 2 matches are in Houston on 11th Nov and Los Angeles on 14th. Looking forward to watching them at home 🙂