MALAYSIAKINI : BEFORE departing for India, I had friends and family passing on travel tips, advice and personal experiences. Some of it good, and some of it worrying. Asthis was my first trip overseas, I needed to take it all in. But withany challenge in life, I like to have an open heart, clear head andpositive attitude. This was not just a holiday abroad, this was a job and nobody couldprepare me to become a cricket-loving, cheerleading, IPL girl but me!
Already three weeks have passed and in that time I cannot believe howa group of normal girls can become instant celebrities! Each team often girls has a manager and we all receive strict instructions from themabout safety, behaviour and reputation, as it seems girls fromprevious years did not heed the rule book!
For example, if people ask why we arein their country, we have to say that we are friends on holiday. The majority of Indians are cricket crazy, glued to their televisions,reading the papers, supporting their teams. So as the tournamentkicked off, it became pretty obvious we were not telling the truth!
On our days off, we are free to explore and take in what India has tooffer but its not always easy. You can just imagine, a group of fit,easy on the eye, western ladies cruising the congested busy streets
To the citizens,we are practically like walking porn! All eyes are on you all the time;it is complete voyeurism. The women double take, see you and thenpretend you do not exist. The men see your face, then your boobs, yourbutt, and then your boobs again! As we walk, all you hear is IPL,IPL! with a ! little h ead jingle!
Usually only after day matches there is an exclusive after party andat night is when it all happens. The music pumps, the drinks flow andthe cricketers come and go. We mingle and associate with importantpeople of the IPL wearing their finest and sexiest, sponsors of allsorts, media and fashion shows, even Indian MTV! But the real funhappens in the VIP rooms where the players and night owls can causescandal! The few Indian players we have met, such as MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharmahave been very polite and keep to themselves in the dark corners. Hotshots like Tendulkar with families at home are never present. Thelikes of Jonty Rhodes and Albie Morkel are notorious for having a good time with friends!
Ol GraemeSmith will flirt with anything while his girlfriend lurks behind him.The Aussies are fun but naughty, such as Aiden Blizzard and Dan Christian. Bythe end of a crazy evening, a certain someone had played kissingcatchers with three girls known to me only, although he has his owngirlfriend back home. He cooed to each girl, Come home with me, Ijust want to cuddle!
Oh, please! I have come to realise that cricketers are the most loose andmischievious sportsmen I have come across. Makes me wonder if I shouldworry about them more then the commoners on the street! I still have along while here, so I shall keep my tip list in mind.
Tip number 1: Beware of the cricketers!