Crossing the road in India was a hazardous undertaking! You had to be bold hold your arm out and hope the traffic stopped for you! Mumbai was often clogged with traffic so you could pick your way through. When in a taxi or a rickshaw you frequently winced as cars, motorbikes and rickshaws seemed to come to you from all directions- I never fathomed how roundabouts worked but somehow they did! Rajkot was more difficult to negotiate as the traffic moved faster. Amazingly at times traffic came at you from the wrong side of the road and nobody seemed to be too concerned! Despite all the chaos from my perspective I didn’t see any road rage/aggression like we have at home. Pictures below show some scenes mainly form Rajkot there is also a link to a short video below. One day coming back from the Test Match I sat on the back of the rickshaw and took pictures of the traffic behind one passenger on a motorbike pulled out a bunch of greenery and gestured to me it was a gift- it was passed to me as we were going along. It turned out to be chickpeas!
Due to Englands abject performance in the Test Match we had a day to fill in Rajkot. I persuaded my comrades to visit a lake about a couple of miles from our hotel where it was teaming with bird life ( bird photos will be downloaded when I get home) and many temple ones as well) I was in 7th heaven and aiming to go back in the morning. We also visited two contrasting temples. A montage of photos taken on my phone below.
We had a wonderfully entertaining day at the cricket. Have been told we were all on TV apparently on the commentary it was said we were Gloucestershire cricket tourists and one commentator quipped “well there are not juniors!”
we rode there in a rickshaw. The whole traffic is an experience with vehicles going the wrong way and a mass of motorcycles and rickshaws- we have shut our eyes on several occasions!
A few pictures below of our Indian adventure. We have now played three games of cricket at three wonderful but contrasting venues.
Our first game at Shivaji Park was a mind blowing experience as at least 6 games of cricket were going on and we had fielders from two other games on our field! The day before when we arrived and had a net there must of been a 1000 people playing or having a net. Our second game was at the DY Patel Stadium a venue that hosts international cricket and IPL cricket. To say we were in awe was an understatement!
Last night we played under lights at Goregaon Sports Club – including a power play and use of DRS!!! I was captain so was interviewed at the toss, between innings and in the presentation ceremony! I have much sympathy for top sports people as a result of that experience.
Some pictures below.