The Most Expensive Game Ever Played — Part I
When it comes to money being lost by legitimate â€œstakeholdersâ€ (i.e. not including betting) based upon a gameâ€™s outcome, this likely made this particular preliminary-round cricket match The Most Expensive Sporting Event In The History Of The World.Â As we headed off to the airport, we were quite happy to know that the stakes had been ramped up from merely big to Incredibly Massive.Â We were expecting a good match and a good time.Â Little did we know just how fantastic it would be.
As many of you might know, we are big fans of the Sri Lanka team playing in the Cricket World Cup this year in the West Indies.Â This series, called “The Most Expensive Game Ever Played,” chronicles our journey to Trinidad to see history-making match between India and Sri Lanka.Â I hope you enjoy the Background story of Part I.
The Most Expensive Game Ever Played — Part II
The big game in Trinidad was India v. Sri Lanka.Â Not only is this a huge game and historic rivalry, but Indiaâ€™s cultural influence in Trinidad is apparent in every part of life.Â We briefly read about this alleged East Indian influence and thought:Â Huh?Â What?Â How prevalent could it actually be?Â Maybe some Tandoori chicken here and there?
Trinidad is a unique and culturally diverse place with a great vibe … and as it turns out, it is also the perfect place to watch India v. Sri Lanka play World Cup Cricket.Â The second installment of The Most Expensive Game Ever Played is Melissa’s take on Trinidad.
The Most Expensive Game Ever Played — Part III
â€œYou have to understand that itâ€™s an island mentality.Â These Indian guys are all very hard-working, pious, anal-retentive, high-strung guys.Â Not us.Â Weâ€™re islanders, man.Â Give a Sri Lankan five dollars and youâ€™ve fed him for a day, but heâ€™d probably rather spend it on beer.â€
Part III of The Most Expensive Game Ever Played describes the pre-game antics and excitement.
The Most Expensive Game Ever Played — Part IV
I stood up and started trying to lead the crowd in chants of â€œVaas is boss.â€Â This proved fruitless, as 90% of the fans in our section were supporting India.Â Shortly thereafter, the Indian team got to Vaas, hitting consecutive fours over the boundary.Â â€œVaas is fired!â€ came back the cheer.Â This time, people joined in.
Click here for Part IV of The Most Expensive Game Ever Played called “The Match.”
The Most Expensive Game Ever Played — Part V
â€œThe scene with you guys dancing around by the side of the road was spectacular,â€ said Moody.Â â€œYou should have seen the guys on the bus â€“ they were going crazy â€“ Iâ€™ve never seen them that pumped up.Â Thank you for that.Â Seriously â€¦ thank you.â€
The final episode of The Most Expensive Game Ever Played describes the post-game euphoria.