Bopara’s emotional farewell

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Bopara’s emotional farewell

RAVI BOPARA got a touch emotional. It was the farewell dinner for the England batsman as he was all set to go back to play for his country. Everyone was high after their victory, but no one wanted the Punjabi from England to go. “Bopara had become so much a part of our team. We would have loved him to be here with us, but then a national call-up does mean a lot,’’ teammate Irfan Pathan said. Preity Zinta gave a speech and later cooked for the players as well in a small farewell party for the team members. “It was a nice gesture from Preity. I have loved every bit of my stay here and will surely be back next year,’’ Bopara said, before packing his bags for his flight to England.

Say cheers: Cheerleaders are having a whale of a time here in the IPL and in fact when there are double headers at some venues, their bonuses seem to be guaranteed. Here in South Africa, cheerleaders are venue specific and aren’t travelling along with the team. This also means that every team doesn’t have its own set of cheerleaders. For example, the same group that cheered for a particular team in a 12 pm game go back, change, and return to cheer for another team for the 4.30 encounter. In Durban on Wednesday and at Centurion on Thursday, the cheer girls did make the extra buck for sure.

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