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Bengaluru and the first test between India and Australia

Written on: Saturday October 11th, 2008

A journal entry from: July 08 - Jan 09

Well it is great to finally be here after all the visa shinanegans, flight changes, strikes etc. of the last couple of weeks. And super to achieve one of my life's ambitions and attend a test match in India (now I jsut have to get a part as an extra in Bollywood). I went to day three, which was a pretty good one for the home side.

I had high expectations of the enthusiasm of the Indian crowd. And I wasn't disappointed. Any decent shot by a batsman was met with a warm round of applause. A four was cause for celebration, and a 50, a standing ovation. 

It was also so pleasing to be able to turn up on the day and buy extremely affordable tickets for good seats. The attitude of the infinite ground and security staff was also pleasing: thorough, yet friendly, and not officious as things have become in Australia - nobody was checking if we were in our assigned seats and nobody minded when the crowd did a mexican wave. An Indian, mexican wave is much faster than those I have experienced in other countries - only taking about 10 seconds to cirlcle the entire ground. No idea what this means. Also good to see that the wave was sans any of the rubbish throwing of other countries.

Unfortunately we (my fabulous host, Dan and I), missed Sachin Tendulkar's innings, but I might get to see him on day 5 - or at a further test match. Update: Saw Sachin batting - I was trying to takle a picture of him scoring his 50th run, but it turned out to be Cameron White's first test wicket.

Indian food is certainly not disappointing me either. I had very high expectations, and they are being met or surpassed at every opportunity. I have had some comments that there are too many pictures of me eating on this blog. Well, I am sure that there will be more to come.

Before bidding a fond farewell to Bengaluru I got to catch up with Asha, who recently finished her studies at the ANU (and her stay at Fenner Hall). It was lovely to chat albeit brielfy before I had to head off to the airport.

 

From Andrew on Oct 13th, 2008

Sounds like traveling is definitely for you Liam. The matches is Bangalore were on the sports section of today's news - didn't see you in the crowd - perhaps a streak might help to identify you?