Monday, April 18, 2011

"Korbo Lorbo Jitbo Re!"

That's the title of the fight song for the KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS, my favorite club in the INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE, a Twenty20 CRICKET tournament now in its fourth season.
I watched Kolkata playing the RAJASTHAN ROYALS yesterday on an Indian television station live online.
Twenty20 is an abbreviated form of cricket -- each innings is limited to 20 overs, 30 fewer than the one-day version of the game -- and the matches take about three-and-a-half hours to complete.

Reflecting India's relatively recent economic prowess, the teams in the Indian Premier League have enough cash to attract the best of their domestic players as well as top stars from around the world.

South African Jacques Kallis, Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan and Aussie Brett Lee were in Kolkata's starting XI yesterday.

Kolkata Knight Riders went to the top of the Indian Premier League yesterday, beating the Royals by eight wickets.

Lakshmipathy Balaji took three for 15 and Al Hasan two for 21 as the Knight Riders bowled out Rajasthan for a meager 81 runs.

It was fun to watch, especially noting the passion of the crowd at Kolkata's famous EDENS GARDEN ground.

I'm still not entirely certain what "Korbo Lorbo Jitbo Re" means, but I certainly heard it being sung.