Cricketers, cheerleaders and promiscuousness – The IPL…

First published on Times of India on 11th May 2011 –

The IPL is indeed India’s greatest form of entertainment. Call it ‘tamasha’ or a game of cricket, the bottom line is that it provides seasonal entertainment like no movie or soap that ever has in the country’s entertainment history. The IPL has it’s fair share of action and drama, liberally sprinkled with delectable amounts of scandals which keep it’s loyal audience hooked to this version of cricket for more reasons than one. When you bring cricket players, political honchos, bigwigs from Corporate India and Bollywood stars together to the same playing field, it is only but expected that ignominy gets a boost every now and then. Undoubtedly, IPL has remained the single most point of unification of the rich and famous and those ( barring the audience ) who are associated with the game have been laughing their way to the bank. Who would have ever imagined the great game would be reduced to a brisk session of blitzkrieg of seventy five minutes a piece with the game plan being architected by Bollywood bimbos, coupled with thunder from Sivamani’s drums amidst a frenzy of brightly coloured pompoms alluringly held by skimpily clad Caucasian girls in plenty. And not to forget the after parties that remain a much talked after event long after the last ball has been hit out of the grounds.

Recently, it has been reported that South African cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto has been booted out from the IPL after she blogged about “ flirtatious” and “ inappropriate” behavior by a few of the cricket players. Why should we even be surprised by the promiscuous nature of some of the cricket players? We need no Gabriella to educate us on the ways of the famous who play the Gentleman’s game. The cheerleader had in fact some titillating incidents to narrate about Graeme Smith and a few from the Australian team. Interestingly, the cheerleader was full of praise for a ‘few ‘members from the Indian team. Some of the senior players from the Indian cricket team have thankfully mastered the art of self -management unlike Shane Warne. But, there are some who really don’t give a damn and indulge in voyeurism, a fringe benefit of being a sports celebrity or so they think. Gabriella too is no celibate here. She could have quit her job right away or complained (if this is ever possible!) but chose instead to tweet and blog about incidents and clamored for attention. She got the attention and is a mini celebrity now on cyber space. Quite rightly she has stated, “ People think you are like handmaidens to the cricket gods, and I’m thrown out for a silly blog.”

A few years ago I was on a flight from Delhi to Bangalore and a young cricket player from the Indian team was traveling on the same flight with his girl friend. Mid way during the flight, the player and his friend went into the toilet for a good ten minutes. Yes, that is right, together. They came back and settled into their seats, giggling like teenagers. Nobody from the crew questioned them and fellow passengers sat in stunned silence, realizing the incident a bit after. Besides a breach in aviation law (that hopefully does not allow for two adults to be locked up together in the same toilet while air borne!), this incident was extremely embarrassing and from thereon I have but looked at this player with utter disdain despite his scattered and few achievements on the field. No amount of cricket glory can rebuild one’s reputation that has been lost. Some of the ex cricketers as well have a reputation for being indiscriminate.

The IPL is an entertainment package, it has been made craftily so and with astronomical sums of money. Sex, sleaze and scandals are bound to figure, so we have witnessed and more is likely to follow. We would be rather naïve to think otherwise. Yet, despite all the tamasha that the IPL offers, there are a few gems like Sachin Tendulkar who continue to remain outstanding in conduct. There is little point in achieving extraordinary success in one’s professional life if you have no reputation to safe guard. It surely needs two hands to clap and yet there is a fine line that demarcates the man from the Gentleman.


50 Responses to “Cricketers, cheerleaders and promiscuousness – The IPL…”

  1. Logging in the middle of a training session. Shall keep it short.

    “Disdain” is a tricky word. You might be asked by some readers to explain the feeling, since you described it as your reaction as an eye-witness to the incident.

    Here are some choices:

    Did you mean Disdain as in:

    1. “Been there done that.” or

    2. “So boring.” or

    3. “Uncivil, uncouth behavior that is not worth my attention.” or

    4. “If I were you wouldn’t do it here.” or

    5. “Ridiculous” or

    6. “Snobbish son of a bachelor!” or

    7. “Despicable stunt” or

    8. “Just disdain baba!”

    The local flights in India are mostly single aisle Boeing 737s with very small closets. The chap is 6 feet tall. If I were a passenger on that flight I’d have passed the hat around and collected some bets on what was happening inside. I am sure fellow passengers would have played against the odds. Some thrift and excitement for everyone on what is generally a boring flight.

    Back soon…

    PS: This is nothing like Shobha De. Shobha De is a die-hard feminist. Die-hard as in one who doesn’t die easiy!

  2. Regarding the South African dancer who complains about ‘Flirtatious’ and ‘Inappropriate’ behavior.

    The way she cheers and dances for the public and the players is not exactly devotional Bharatnatyam.

    Pot calling the kettle black?

  3. The IPL package.

    As a non-paying viewer of IPL matches, I thoroughly enjoy the circus. I don’t assess the conduct of anyone in IPL. If I have to study the good and bad conduct of IPL performers then I would expect to get paid for doing it, by someone who is interested. Till the I’ll enjoy it like a masala packed reality show.

    After all, whatever happens on and off the pitch is designed for my entertainment and I am not even paying for it!

  4. Aishwarya Says:


    Cheerleaders in the IPL are like…overgrown teenagers, doing the same routine they did in high school…wearing the same uniforms they wore back in high school…with the same exuberance they…had back in high school. I guess the flirtatiousness many of them are subjected to… is an occupational hazard. Blame the men. 😛

    If I am not mistaken, the young cricket player belongs to the same State as the Minister who groped a co-passenger in flight when the lights were dimmed. He got re-elected this time with 66325 votes for his scintillating exemplary ‘appropriateness’. Considering that, the young couple seem cool.

    As regards to what would have transpired behind the closed loo door, anything could have… In college, during one of the many hostel parties, a giggling couple went into the toilet. The next day, the toilet seat was found broken.

    Oh well…it’s a wild world…



  5. Sacking the girl for blogging is meaningless. No one can gag a party girl.

    No one killed Jessica, remember?

    Girls employed in Chandni bars have nothing to lose.

  6. About IPL:

    I don’t think this season is having the same impact as the previous ones that were choreographed by Lalit Modi.

    Speaking for myself, I watch only Sachin’s matches. That is by default. Not because of IPL.

    Nonetheless, the investment models of the sponsors should work with the right mix of accounted losses and unaccounted earnings.

    Meanwhile, the show must go on.

    Perhaps in another two seasons the IPL may begin with a warning for children: The stunts in this show are done by professionals. Please do not try them at home.

    Like WWF.

  7. Braking News for vehicle owners:

    Fuel prices spike 10% in a day.

    The petrol price in India is 5 times more than that in the ME. Even if you discount for the fact that it is produced here, 500% difference is ludicrous!

    • Is water still more expensive than petrol there?

      • Water is twice as expensive as petrol, and rightly so. Water is extracted from desalination of sea water and treated with minerals.

        The bi-products from desalination are processed by fertilizer factories. Agriculture is an organized industry in the ME.

        Petrol is a natural distillate from crude oil and the cheapest of all fossil fuels.

      • BTW, one cannot compare the cost of infrastructure and government controlled public services in India to the ME.

        My electricity bill last month was equivalent of INR 200/- rupees with a fully airconditioned house and all gadgets running on electricity. The Water bill was INR 600/- ruppees. I think I was also charged for the line upgrade done recently.

        The Internet charges were INR1000/- ruppees but the international telephone bills are INR150/- per minute! Aaaaarrrgggggghhhhhhhhh

  8. Anand Khare Says:

    Possibilities of what happened in the toilet,

    1. one of them was fearful of getting locked in the toilet. The other one just helped.

    2. One of them was training the other how to use aircraft toilet properly.

    3. The girl was habitual of having a company in toilet. As the cotraveller was a sportsman she took him along.

    4. They did some meditation there as other co-travellers were disturbing them.

    5. They were habitual of betting and the bet was on whether they can fit in one small toilet.

    6. They were lookin for condom vending machine in the aircraft.

  9. I am not surprised that TRP’s have dropped. I have never followed IPL. 70 odd games over 2 months is too much to keep a track of !!!

    Next season should be interesting. I guess IPL organisers would need more controversies to keep people inetersted…

    • Precisely! and i have been labelled a pathetic writer for writing all this instead by the fans.

      • I guess you are referring to those who appear in the comments section of your TOI blog page.

        Perhaps you are attracting envious worms from other places like some in the comment section of AB’s blog page or facebook or twitter.

        Going by what we have seen over the past six months of your blogging on TOI, I don’t think you are measured against any of the prevailing stars of TOI like Jug Suraiyya, Pritish Nandy, Shobha De etc. When that happens you’ll be up against some really strong distraction, both positive and negative.

        If I can suggest a way forward, you can pick a few topics that are not newsmakers. That way you can head straight for rare content and refined interaction.

        I don’t know if you are open to suggestions on this subject but I think it is worth saying.

        Following are quotes from Richard Bach’s best work, “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull”:

        When a handicapped gull asks if he can fly :

        “Come along then.” said Jonathan. “Climb with me away from the ground, and we’ll begin.”

        “You don’t understand My wing. I can’t move my wing.”

        “Maynard Gull, you have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.It is the Law of the Great Gull, the Law that Is.”

        “Are you saying I can fly?”

        “I say you are free.”

        Jonathan addressing his Flock:

        He spoke of very simple things – that it is right for a gull to fly,that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form.

        “Set aside,” came a voice from the multitude, “even if it be the Law of the Flock?”

        “The only true law is that which leads to freedom,” Jonathan said, “There is no other.”

        “How do you expect us to fly as you fly?” came another voice. “You are special and gifted and divine, above other birds.”

        Jonathan sighs :

        Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you god.

        “The trick Fletcher is that we are trying to overcome our limitations in order, patiently, We don’t tackle flying through rock until a little later in the program.”


        “Also known as the Son of the Great Gull ” his instructor said dryly,

        “What are you doing here? The cliff! Haven’t I didn’t I.., die?”

        “Oh, Fletch, come on. Think. If you are talking to me now, then obviously you didn’t die, did you? What you did manage to do was to change your level of consciousness rather abruptly.

        “Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d just spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?”

      • Lol. All right. Fair enough and all points noted.

      • I think the loo news was new.:)

      • I have been on your blog on TOI, so not sure about the comments you are referring to.

        However, I would like to second what Reader has to say below. It would be great to have topics which are not “hot” in the media. It should be refreshing as well to read something that is not appearing on every other news site.

        Just my 2 cents 🙂

        Keep writing though!!

      • Appreciate the feedback 🙂 Thank you.

      • It was… 🙂

  10. Anand Khare Says:


    Your electricity and water bllls are unbeiievably low . Are u sure it is not Omani currency which @i belive is equal to two Euros for one.

    Telephone bills are phenominaly high. Which is a sorry for all the expatriots there. Is skype also banned!

    What is the problem there? Even ‘andher nagaree’ doesn’t fit here as I can see well lit muscat in pics.

    • Anand,

      Electricity bills are low because we use gas-fired turbines at the power generation. The gas is supplied by us from the wells and separator stations. It is like producing electricity at home. We pay only for the maintenance services.

      Recently BHEL has installed two more turbines at a cost of INR 25 Cr each. The cost is accounted into the Capex of the Oil Company. It is not charged to the consumers.

      Skype and similar VoIP are completely banned! 😦

    • Oops..

      You are right. Mistake in the telephone rates. The average international rate is just around INR35/- rupees per minute. The INR 150/- is for GPS sat-phones that we use in the desert. like Thurayya.

  11. Anand Khare Says:

    See. I know some telecom.:)

    Electricity gen cost in India is also very low. Thanks to hydel power. It is supplied costly to those who pay. For farmers and BPL voters, it is free. A research topic in itself.


    • Exactly. Our commerce is upside down.

      In a refinery, producing petrol, pentane, butane are cheaper than kerosene and diesel. While in the market Kersosene and LPG are cheaper than petrol and diesel!

      This subsidy mechanism is all topsy turvy.

      The same is true in electricity distribution. A whole generation of technology has been wasted because of the way it was controlled. The new technologies are so cheap that those who have invested in the older ones are going to try their best to block their launch.

      Like, the horse-cart unions tried to block Ford motors in London when the automobile was launched in the US.

      As you say, this requires a separate deliberation.

  12. Anand Khare Says:

    I understand the marketing companies gets only Rs 25 a liter for petrol, rest is central or state taxes. If v see international price of USD 100 a barrel, Rs 25 doesn’t look high.

    I think the car lobby will prevail upon govt to reduce taxes.

    • Anand,

      USD 100 a barrel is the price of crude oil. Not gasolene and the refinery products. Gas (Petrol) in US costs US$ 4 per gallon which is about 1.2 dollars a liter. That is equivalent to about INR 60/-.

      But 1 dollar in the US for a US citizen is the same as 1 Rupee in India for an Indian. This exchange value rate of 60 rupees is because of the gap in the money value that is created by some exotic valuation methods. US technology is valued by demand.

      • Dont agree. How can 1 dollar be same as 1 rupee for a us citizen. Will they agree to pay 25 US dollars for a samosa if it costs 25 rupees in india ?

      • Samosa factor.

      • Local currency for a local person has a unit value. The inflation is caused by international trade.

        For example, a hair cut in a saloon in Europe costs 15 Euros; in Oman it costs 1 Rial, in UAE it cost 15 dirhams. Those are equivalent to 100-120 Indian rupees. Do you see the linear equation?

  13. Aishwarya Says:

    Wow! Catchy…

  14. Anand Khare Says:


    Yeah. I know the gas price in US and the diff in crude and refuned products.

    What I dont understand is whether Indian currency is overvalued or undervalued. Definitely it is not correctly valued. Also I find gas price in US on very high side as most of the wells and refineries world over are in their possession.


  15. Anand,

    USA produces just 5.7 million barrels per day out of a global production of about 87.50 million barrels every day. Oil is produced in 12 OPEC countries and 26 non-opec countries excluding some minor producers. Of these, US controls just a handful.

    However, US consumes over 1/5th of the Oil & Gas produced worldwide every day.

    Last week, Obama has allowed Oil companies in the US to tap into local reservoirs to bring down the prices. Thats a republican gain, no doubt.

    There are a few hurdles though. Someone has got the US department of energy screaming foul as the underground natural water sources are getting contaminated! There was a leak about the frac chemicals being used by the operators. (Frac is short for ‘fracturing’ the rock formations underground to capture the hydrocarbon fluids. The chemicals that are used are known to be carcenogenic to humans.) If that campaign gathers pace, the US economy will continue to struggle for some more time. Or perhaps attack Iran next!

  16. Anand Khare Says:

    OK. My estimate of US share was hopeless. Little knowledge is dangerous.

    Thanks Reader

  17. See. I know some Oil & Gas…

    🙂 🙂

  18. Anand Khare Says:


  19. Here are a list of themes that could go well with a particular style:



    Gender discrimination………!……….Legal…………….!

    Children’s Literature………..!………..Animation………!


    Human Rights………………..!……….Diplomatic………!

    Animal Rights…………………!………Humanitarian…..!







    Love…………………………….!………..Same as Politics.!




    And so on…

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