City lads geared up over cricket

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Optimistic: Students of Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) extend their support for the Indian team, ahead of the Cricket World Cup, in Mysore. DH photo

All eyes will be on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men today as they take on a resurgent Bangladesh in the opening match of the Cricket World Cup. Even as the Indian team will be trying to erase memories of their debacle during the last World Cup, the hopes of billions of fans will be that their team gets off to a flying start this time around.

With cricket mania slowly catching up in the country, the youngsters in the city aren't left behind as they are also making plans to watch the matches with friends and family.

Speaking to City Herald, Suhas, an eighth semester student of Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), was optimistic about India's chances.

Terming the Dhoni's team to be the hot favourites, Suhas opines that apart from the pace attack, the team is well balanced.

"(Virender) Sehwag and Sachin (Tendulkar) are the perfect opening combination. I don't think any other team has such a strong opening pair, which can destroy the bowling attack of other countries. With Yusuf Pathan being included, we have a deep batting line-up," says an enthusiastic Suhas.

However he believes that it's the pace attack that could bear the brunt of the opposition. Suhas terms Zaheer Khan as the only recognised bowler who can claim wickets.

So where are the young crowd watching matches? Suhas replies, "At home or restaurants, where they put up giant screens."

Another student of the same college, Kaverappa K P said that he would watch it on the internet.  Mentioning that he lives as a paying guest, Kaverappa said that he doesn't have a TV at his PG. "We can watch real-time on the internet and also in high definition," he says happily. "With broadband connections becoming affordable, it's easy to watch the match in the comfort of your room," he opines.

For hostelite Anand, its the TV Room in the college. Describing, he says, "The atmosphere is electric." With most of the college students crowding into the room, every ball dispatched to the fence will invite claps and whistles and whenever every wicket falls there'll be a huge groan reverberating through the room, he says.

IT Professional Lohith S said that with the introduction of 3G network, matches can be seen live even on his smartphone. Even though all of India's matches are day-and-night fixtures, we'll be missing the first half during our work, he explains. But with 3G we can watch even as we are working, observes Lohith.

Whether it's at home, office or college all eyes will be fixed on the performance of the Indian team.

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