Ahoy readers, it's that time of the year when the Indian Premier League (IPL) makes its way back into our lives! Talk about the Indian Premier League (IPL) and what immediately strikes you is the glitz and glamour apart from the high intensity cricket on display. The rain of sixes and fours, as well as the tumbling wickets make for compulsive viewing as do the numerous side stories that run parallel to the action of the field, and they invariably give you interesting talking points.
To tap into the atmosphere, Firstpost, in association with Exhale Sports, has launched a fun show on the IPL, dedicated to "all things on the field and all things off the field". Titled 'Free Hit' and hosted by Rohan Gavaskar and Amol Muzumdar, it focuses on some priceless nostalgia and also things beyond the cricket ground, incidents that have attracted eyeballs over the course of the 10 years of the league's existence, things that have made the IPL the phenomenon that it is.
The show starts with Gavaskar wishing everyone 'Happy Diwali' and 'Happy Dhanteras'. That wish may have left you a bit flummoxed, but soon Gavaskar clarifies that the wish is not for you and me, but for the players and the support staff in the IPL, alluding to the riches that the tournament is known for.
So there is reference to the time when fierce rivals in international cricket, Shoaib Akhtar and Sourav Ganguly were part of the same team. There is reference also to the time when two of the greatest batsmen of their generation, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting came out to open together. It talks about the glamour quotient infused by the cheerleaders. It talks also of the controversies involving Harbhajan Singh, S Sreesanth and Shah Rukh Khan. There are trivia to interest the viewers as well.
The show is a break from the serious, esoteric match analyses and there is a lot of fun and games on the sets as Gavaskar and Muzumder keep the viewers entralled. It is packaged in a way to enrich your experience of watching the IPL and is precisely the fun programme that you would want to see after, let's say reading a heavy analytical piece. Do give it a watch!
Updated Date: May 26, 2017 12:05 PM