An average start to the IPL;
- Dhoni, McCullum, du Plessis v Yuvraj, Duminy, Tahir.
- A last ball 1 run win caught on my Vine profile (which later found out was completely against every bit of broadcast protocol EVER so sadly my first and last).
- A hyped up Chennai crowd, is there any other type?
- A broadcast reaching millions.
I really couldn’t have asked for a better introduction.
Our pre game production meeting covered the important must do’s which are heavily slanted towards ticking the boxes for the sponsors.
The Pepsi VIP Box, Hot Star of the match,Vodafone Super Fan, Vodafone Army, Yes Bank Maximum Sixes, Ceat Tyres Strategic Timeout, McDowell’s No 1 Fair Play Moment, Orange Cap & Purple cap mentions. Thankfully most of this is down to lead but the nature of the game means you have to be ready at any stage to jump in and deliver the deliverables. Money on a Jones “Ceat Orange Super Six” blunder.
And to my surprise a fair bit of time in this meeting was dedicated to what to wear. Who says boys don’t care about fashion!? Own choice of shirt colour was the final call with blue the stand out winner. The vest a must to cover the unavoidable sweat patches, keeping in mind that the days here in Chennai are high 30s with humidity hitting the 90s.
Got the call up for the game introduction and first 4 overs which was great to get straight into it with Mike Haysman – former Australian cricketer and long time Super Sport (Sth Africa) and IPL commentator and Sivaramakrishnan Laxman former Indian Leg spinner. Siva to his friends and Australian commentators who know they stumble over his first name for the first few days!
Overs 4-8 were with Pakistan legend, and I quickly realised all round cheeky guy, Ramiz Raja. Aakash Chopra who opened the batting for India in the early/mid 2000’s and Aussie test and one day player Damien Martyn.
The Pepsi IPL web site has some great highlight clips if anyone wants to catch up on the matches or my exceptionally skillful big cardboard cheque holding and presenting at the post match. I think Faf du Plessis is still recovering from my stellar performance for his winning of the Hot Star moment of the match.
As most games conclude for the comms/crew team, it’s a re cap back at the hotel and general chat about the broadcast and game. Like playing days these are some of the best learning times as the discussions start over decisions made, or not made, in the game, players performances and game tactics. Having an array of nationalities gives it an added flavour too.
Highlight of the day – no airs or graces about a female on board. Just a former international joining the team. Nice.