The Indian Premier League or the IPL as the popular moniker goes is one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world at present! Not surprisingly, the hoopla around this year’s edition was no different. When we think of the Indian Premier League as an overall cauldron of entertainment, it is hard to zero in on just the players. The motley bunches of cheerleaders have added their own shine to the IPL over the years.
Are they dancers? Are they entertainers? What role do they actually have to play in the IPL?
We caught up with the White Mischief girls in town for the scintillating clash between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. What emerged was a poignant story of their love for India. Amy, Stacy and the gang talked to us about their love for the IPL, their backgrounds and more!
All the girls we talked to, came from South Africa and most of them had a solid background in dance. Dancing is my life was a common refrain that was lovely to hear. Most of them were ready to put up with the prolonged separation from home and their families owing to the exciting challenge that is the Indian Premier League.
We present some excerpts from our conversations with the merry gang of cheerleaders about to cheer for the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Question: How are the girls loving India, especially Kolkata?
Answer: Well it’s been great to be honest but the weather has been a little too much to handle at times. The hot and humid conditions apart, we have had great fun touring the country and performing at jam packed stadiums where the atmosphere has been electric.
Kolkata seems to be a great city and we partied hard here and enjoyed chicken cutlets among other delicacies. Walking about in the city is just awesome!
Question: What will be your biggest take-away from this tournament?
Answer: Well, we did gain a lot of knowledge about cricket to be honest and started enjoying the game. That apart, we will miss each other’s company and the whole excitement surrounding the game.
Question: You bring glamour to the IPL. Your thoughts on the same?
Answer: Well we have never thought about it that way but yes, we do enjoy being entertainers at the end of the day. If we can play a part in heightening the IPL experience, so be it!
Question: Your favorite cricketers in the IPL, especially the Royal Challengers Bangalore?
Answer: Virat Kohli for sure along with AB De Villiers and Chris Gayle! Yuvraj Singh is a big star here as well. From the other teams, Dale Steyn, MS Dhoni and Faf Du Plessis.
Question: Why cheerleaders? Any hurdles that you faced on your journey?
To be honest, there were no obstacles to us following our dreams in this aspect. Well, cheer-leading was a natural progression from dancing which is what most of us are trained in. Alongside, it gave us the opportunity to have such wonderful lifetime experiences as well! I guess that says it!
Question: Any hobbies you girls have apart from cheer-leading? Where do you go from here?
Answer: Well some of us are into modelling, athletics and photography. One of our team members is a national athlete back home. We also enjoy cooking and spending time with our families.
As for the future, we are open to taking up new assignments of a similar kind. Most of us will be happy to crash back home and spend a few days with family!
Confidence backed up by stunning beauty makes this gang of girls, indeed all our IPL cheerleaders a heady cocktail of glamour, talent and hard work. These girls aptly justify the motto, Work hard, play harder!
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