Cricket World Cup


I am an NRI, translated into: no-real Indian.  I follow Indian cinema in my quest to find only one million original films before humanity as we know it disappears.  I will use the term Indian cinema sparingly because I only have access to Hindi films, not Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Marathi, Kannada, Gujarati and other languages.

Word is out on the street that I don’t know anything about cricket.  True dat, as brothas in upstate New York would say.  What is obvious to me is that a batsman has a bat in his hand.  He is trying to hit a ball that a bowler is spinning towards him.  Right?

Cricket fans are glued to their television sets in March 2011, catching the Cricket World Cup action.  It is also time to re-visit the film Iqbal played brilliantly by Shreyas Talpade.  Iqbal and his tough little sister Khadija (Shweta Prasad) love cricket because of their mother, played by Prateeksha Londkar.  She’s a great fan of the Indian cricket team.  Her husband hates it.

Iqbal the film talks about how the team is selected, under the table deals and all the gambling that goes on.  It would be interesting to know the politics behind playing for your country.  How is the team selected in England, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, West Indies etc? 

You should get a copy of the film because Iqbal loves cricket so much, he names the family’s bulls after players: Kapil, Kumble, Harbhajan, Balaji and Irfaan.   Do you know them?  You need this film in your DVD library if you love the game.

Nonqaba waka Msimang is the author of Sweetness The Novel.

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