There are a couple of other things to note, besides what is written below. This weekend was the start of IPL or Indian Premier League matches in cricket. This is something entirely new for cricket, it’s a whole new style of playing in a way.
Indian Premier League is basically the best players from around the world divided into, I believe 10 teams, all based in major cities in India. And instead of playing a normal match, which is 50 overs, and can go on for 8 hours, in IPL there are only 20 overs played, and that shortens the match by about half, making it only 4 hours. It’s been an absolutely huge event here. They’ve also decided, for the first time to have cheerleaders for the cricket teams, which is something basically unheard of before. An even bigger deal is that the cheerleaders are all from foreign countries. One of the teams actually brought over the Washington Redskins cheerleaders. And every team has a celebrity spokesperson. It’s amazing.
Speaking of celebrities, there’s really only one celebrity that you need to know in India. His name is Shah Rukh Kahn and he’s bigger than big. Imagine if George Clooney was literally on every channel at one point during the day, doing a commercial or hosting a show, or giving a press conference, it’s pretty intense. Media Savvy does not even come close to giving credit to this guy, he’s amazing. In a country of a billion people, everyone knows his name. He just started hosting the Indian version of “Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader”. Its known as “Kya Aap Panchvi Pass Se Tez Hain” in Hindi.