You should know: Kolkata is home to the
largest Indian cricket stadium, Eden Gardens, and some notoriously fervid Indian cricket fans. India vs. A World
Cup final in Mumbai, the cradle of Indian cricket.
You should know: Locals say you should watch the match
with 500 plus fans on giant screens at the DLF promenade. Don’t look
directly into those crazy fan eyes.
Read more on “Mumbai’s maidans: Former birthplaces of India’s cricket gods” on CNNGo.
If you’re travelling within India, book a
domestic flight on Cleartrip.com and get the base fare free off your next
domestic ticket (redeemable only on SpiceJet). It’s a weekend match between two of the most aggressively offensive sides in world cricket today.
Best matches to attend
Note: India is issuing six-month multiple-entry visas, but a new rule means once you leave the country, you have to wait two months before returning, so no hopping in and out on a whim.
Also offering similar packages is Tui (+91 (0) 22 33005555, www.tui.in) which is pricier than the former.
“The History of World Cup Cricket” by James Alter, Roli Books, Rs 495.CNNGo scored some excerpts prior to the release of “The History of World Cup Cricket” by James Alter, just so you
can show off. England in Bangalore (the
game was moved from Eden Gardens
to Bangalore because the legendary Kolkata stadium was not prepared in time for this match.
India is about to be hit by a work productivity loss of 768 million man hours.
Nocturne, 31, Shakespeare Sarani,
HSBC Building, Elgin; +91 9831252442, +91 (0) 33 22903648
Bangalore: A 10-minute walk from M.
agents say accommodation in smaller cities like Mohali and Nagpur is filling up
fast, so if you have a ticket, figure out hotel arrangements quickly.
Here’s how to be a part of this heady two-month South Asian sports party.
The big ticket
If you haven’t got your World Cup
tickets yet, you need to pick up the pace. The
reassuring bit is that the website has constant updates and email support for
different crisis situations (but no way to track couriers) and getting in touch with the constantly
congested helpline is a pain.
Kolkata: Hookah, flavored shots, and a long,
long bar at new club Nocturne that stays open later than most, until 3 a.m. And if India is playing Pakistan (the only opportunity for the two teams to meet), it will be madness. India in Mirpur (the
opening game), February 19.
should know: Stroll through Shivaji Park for a glimpse into the
birthplace of future pro Indian cricketers. The
base package for the final match at Cutting Edge Events starts at Rs 27,800, while the one at Tui is Rs 42,000. FYI: Bookmakers hold India clear favorites to win this World Cup as they believe
this is the best Indian side ever, and are too difficult a team to beat at home.
A young Australian cricket fan.The most fun
games to attend are the ones involving the hosts because that’s when the
stadiums will be brimming with fans. Many greats including Sachin Tendulkar have been
nurtured on this ground.
If your World Cup watching involves travel, Cutting Edge Events (+91 9820027663/ +91 9819549724, www.cuttingedgeevents.info) is your best bet. Sri Lanka in Colombo, February 26. And so it goes …
Myntra and Nike team up to bring you customized jerseys that you can order online, preview your personalized details and have delivered to your doorstep, for Rs 895.
Place your bets: Bookies say India
Cricket Council chief Haroon Lorgat has suggested legalizing sports betting in
India in order to curb corruption in the game of cricket. Pakistan vs. at 10 Downing
Street (a 15-minute drive from the Chepauk stadium), where an afternoon deal of
Rs 250 will get you beer, the chef’s special and dessert. Two things: An alcohol-free,
vegetarian Indian state.
You should know: A 2010 DNA story reveals that the tech hub of
India and a big student town is increasingly resorting to hypnosis to deal with stress. The reason? Cricket.
Prepare to pay about 12 percent of the ticket fare in service, bank charges and taxes.
Kyazoonga writes a big “Woo hoo!” when your booking is confirmed.
Nice touch. And Bal
Thackeray’s head might explode.
1987: Courtney Walsh’s
decision not to run out the last Pakistani batsman Salim Jaffer, who had completely backed out of his crease at the non-strikers end, potentially cost West Indies the World Cup that year.
If all else fails, every Mumbaikar
knows someone who knows someone who can score tickets. Australia vs. For free!
There have however, been some
complaints about overseas fans not having received their tickets yet. Pakistan in Colombo, March 19. Enough said. West Indies in Chennai, March
20. Pakistan was supposed to hold 14 matches, including one semi-final but were stripped of their World Cup hosting rights in the wake of the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan national cricket team in Lahore. . Sri Lanka in Colombo, March 5. Final in Mumbai, April 2. Pakistan might be India’s most hated rival, but it never hurts to stick it
to India’s former colonial overlords.
At least 10-12 million peoples’ attention is going to shift to the ICC Cricket World Cup co-hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka from February
19 to April 2, according to a survey from the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.
1996: Ricky Ponting became
the youngest World Cup centurion (21 years and 76 days) against West Indies at
1983: In 1983, a fielding
circle was introduced, 30 yards away from the stumps.
Rest House Road, Brigade Road; +91 (0) 80 25587336, +91 9844096185
3. Four fieldsmen needed to
be inside it.
These guys aren’t allowed to sell
tickets minus a package, so a way around that for Mumbaikars is to get the
transfer package that comes with a match pass, and stadium transfer. Prior to this, teams had dressed in white and used
Here’s where to fill your soul with beer at the best
host cities this World Cup. Bangladesh knocked India out of the World Cup in 2007, and the Indians have still not gotten over it.
Online travel booking engine Yatra.com is running a similar deal with a free ticket redeemable on highly recommended budget airline IndiGo. This is the last game in Group B and there is a chance one of the two sides will need to win it to guarantee a place in the quarterfinals.
City to avoid: Ahmedabad.
Trivia source: A new book on the history of world cup cricket
6. #FAIL), February 27. This will cost
you more than face value, but that’s the price you pay for being a slow coach. Why? Most
importantly, they have a ton of ticket packages available NOW, and tie ups with
hotels that may appear to be out of rooms when you try booking online. Book before March 25 and use before April 15. Hint: find a member of
the Garware Club — they get one to two tickets based on a computerized lottery
system — and start sucking up now.
Howzzat sports bar in Gurgaon.New Delhi: What could be more perfect than Howzzat,
cricket-themed bar that brews its own beer and has ginormous TV
screens? Alternatively, cozy Red Monkey Bar has all-day happy hours on
Mondays and Tuesdays, discounts on beer and sangria and stadium-like,
true live sound system.
vs. Silly points? Not.
You should know: Hit one of the many casinos
in Colombo, especially if you’re heading to India next, where gambling is
illegal. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Guzzlers Inn is a
convenient pre and post match watering hole. India vs.
Bar hopping in the best host cities
Club Cafe, 34, Queens Road; +94 (0) 11 2501384, thecricketclubcafeceylon.com
Express, ground floor, Regal Cinema Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba,
+91 (0) 22 66396682; Geoffrey’s, Marine Plaza, 29 Marine Drive; +91 (0) 22 22851212
You should know: Respected cricketed website Cricinfo.com calls Chennai spectators “the most knowledgeable cricket fans in the
country” so don’t go challenging them to a game of World Cup trivia at the pub.
Kences Inn Boutique Hotel, North Boag Road, T.Nagar; +91 (0) 44 28152152,
If you don’t find good seats online,
which is a possibility at this point, officially appointed travel agents (see travel deals below) are your best bet. Bangladesh vs. Australia trumped them in the 2007 final.
Vodafone Essar bags exclusive rights for the live streaming of the ESPN-Star Sports coverage of the 2011 World Cup.Listen to cool World Cup podcasts
featuring quick bites from players; play the new Fantasy Cricket League online by Zapak; Vodafone subscribers can watch live streaming of the match coverage; Google users are invited to mark all important points around match venues using Google Map Maker.
Jersey shore: Personalized Team India jersey
How about a blue Team India jersey with your name and favorite number on it?
Chennai: Start drinking at noon considering all bars shut at 11 p.m.
1979: Viv Richards is the only person
to have played World Cup football and World Cup cricket, having represented
Antigua in qualifying matches for the 1974 finals.
CrickeTech: Podcasts, online gaming and live mobile streaming
Colombo: Sir Donald Bradman’s
memorabilia and lots of beer at Cricket Club Cafe, a bar housed in a pretty bungalow.
Book fast-disappearing tickets on Kyazoonga.com, the official ticket hub online and be weary of fakers on the
web. Sri Lanka beat Australia in the 1996 final. Book before March 20 and use before
Mumbai: Special world cup offers and big TV screens at Sports Bar Express and Geoffrey’s. You won’t want to miss it for the world.
Galaxy Hotel, NH-8, Sector 15, Part II, Gurgaon; +91 (0) 24 4565000; Red
Defence Colony Market;
1992: White balls and colored kits
were not used until 1992. Should you get into a pub brawl with
a Bengali bloke, respectfully call him dada
for instant calming effect