Rajasthan Royals’ ceremonious victory against the SunRisers opened our eyes to many things, their dynamic middle-order batsmen, the importance of bowlers in the death-overs and the adrenaline rush you experience after watching a nail-biting IPL match.
But one thing that got everyone talking was Riyan Parag’s little dance at the end. Today we saw Jofra Archer replicating it.
The Bihu dance is the Assamese indigenous folk dance, characterized by unique hand movements and brisk footsteps. Before watching these two matches, I didn’t know about the existence of this dance.
And that was was the real eye-opener for me- our tendency to limit our attention to the things we know or are familiar with, and remain unaware of other cultures, that in most probability aren’t too far away from us (geographically speaking).
The IPL encapsulates not only the spirit of the game, but also the beauty of cultures, the coming together of people from distant lands and truly exemplifying the oneness of humanity. Isn’t that the real eye-opener?