Have you ever watched presentation ceremonies of the cricket matches played in India ? Have you also watched the same presentation ceremony when the match is held overseas ? If you have, then you should know that the one difference (apart from the fact that India never wins abroad, and hence never lifts the cup in presentation ceremonies.) is that here we have 20 so called dignitaries on the diaz. Infact the diaz has to be made of reinforced steel or something. With maybe even concrete. Abroad, you just have make shift podiums. Say, Four people come to the presentation.
Over here ? Nah. Every Tom, Dick and Harry wants to be on the podium. So we have the Chief Minister of the state where the match is being held, the District Collector, four presidents of that cricket club, five vice-presidents, The CEO , president and vice-president of every sponsor company. On top of that we have four or five representatives from BCCI to show who is the boss. Sharad Pawar, Niranjan Shah, Lalit Modi. And then we even have Shah Rukh Khan these days, promoting his movies wearing T-shirts that publicly announce the name of his next movie!! It’s a bloody circus out there, I tell you!!
Why are indians like this ? They like publicity. They like to be on television. They want a photograph with Sachin or Dhoni or whoever. They even want to sneak in a word of advice or two just before handing the cheque because they know the player will not sulk till the cheque is given. Cheapos!! (Darn I couldn’t find a snap of these guys online.)