First the win, then the tweets and the crackers that lit up the sky on a slow Sunday evening in Kolkata.
Kolkata Knight Riders had conquered the crown yet again in the seventh edition of Indian Premier League. The question that came soon- Will there be another road show and madness on the streets of Kolkata like after the 2012 maiden victory?
Common sense prevailed or so it seemed, so no grand procession this time. Overnight, tickets were issued at different police stations. People were gathering from across the state in the early hours. Free tickets were reportedly bought and sold for Rs. 500-1000 by touts eager to make a quick buck.
Barricades were broken, lathis were wielded and blood was spilled. Kolkata Police even brought out their horses from the stable to spook the fans. They hadn't quite anticipated the will of more than 60 thousand young men and women determined to call this day their own. It didn't matter if the only real connection between them and their home team was the name "Kolkata."
It didn't matter because it was an opportunity that many of them would never get in their lifetime to enter Eden Gardens and see their cricketing and cine heroes in flesh and blood.
The ordinary Indian cricket fan from the narrow lanes of Metiaburuj and the cramped worker colonies of the once prosperous industrial district of Hoogly wanted this day under the open sky of Kolkata screaming :"KKR, KKR,KKR" believing they can.