Hello folks! This just in! Welcome to the world’s first and foremost update from the galaxy of VR sports. When it comes to cricket, your dreams are now a reality, virtually! What has been in the making all along, is now all set for a stupendous launch with the announcement of the inaugural TGPL Super Over League. The virtual league is to be played between 4 All-Star teams boasting a line-up of 3 players. This offers a chance to all the lifelong fans of yesteryear legends to see them back in action while playing alongside the hot and rising stars of today. It’s a debut for all 12 of them in virtual cricket!
Not every day, does one come across such a unique scenario where the oculus and the electronic bat are probably the only two pieces of equipment that you would need to play cricket. Of course, ample adrenaline rushing through your guts, fuelling your enthusiasm in sustained doses makes it all the more immersive. You can catch all the scores, records and the crazed fan moments. Don’t forget to seal your spot on the couch and be there as the tournament unfolds.
Here’s a little inside dope on the contestants. All four teams can brag of a balanced line-up that sends a chill down anyone’s spine and gets their knees trembling. Whether the batter takes the crease to smash the ball out of the park or the bowlers start their run-up with the intent of sending the batsmen back to the pavilion, it’s all there for the ardent fans to savour every fantasy as it comes alive.
Now, let’s bring you up to speed on the teams. First off the mark are the Blue Blasters, who have Viru paaji, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Kaif in their ranks. The potent blast of Sehwag that we have always relished when he sent the bowlers on a leather hunt will undoubtedly be continued in the virtual format. His see-the-ball-hit-the-ball mantra should carry on in the Super Over League. Next in command is Shubman Gill, the Man of the Tournament in the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup. Need we say more about the batting machine who has been lauded by none other than the great Virat Kohli himself? Third up is Mohammed Kaif, known for his uncanny ability to stop the ball with gravity-defying dives, and take a sniper-like aim at the wickets for a throw that has seen many a batsman completing the run only to reach the pavilion! His match-winning batting abilities have saved the day for Indian cricket in the most trying circumstances. He’ll be taking the field again much to the delight of his fans!
The second team in the fray are the Orange Chargers. And boy, with a Very, Very Special line-up like that, they can’t wait for the signal to go green and charge ahead! No less than the legendary Laxman leads the pack of three. Adding the much-needed young and fresh talent is the awe-inspiring Prithvi Shaw. And please, don’t go by his baby face. The star of India’s triumph at the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup is already used to wielding his blade at the bowlers and raising his bat to the crowd on a regular basis. While cricket has long been known as a batsman’s game, the right mix of all-rounders hold the key to the battle with bat and ball. And that gap is adequately filled by the amazing Andre Russell. Built like a tank, the Jamaican can turn a match on its head without so much as batting an eyelid. And what’s more, he can bowl, and bowl fast!
The third team to take the field are the Yellow Strikers, spearheaded by probably the most feared three-pronged attack squad of Suresh Raina, Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum. Raina, dubbed Mr. IPL, is inarguably the only hitter who comes to the crease as a set batsman. Which is why he can score a four in his very first ball. A cracking fielder who’s earned Jonty Rhodes’ salute, Raina has reinforcements of the likes of Chris Lynn. The awesome Aussie has a hashtag that goes as #Lynnsanity. This needs no further detail as that’s what’s in store for the bowlers. Rounding off the triumvirate is “Baz” McCullum. The man credited with launching the IPL way back in 2008 with a pulverising 158* may seem to emulate the same when the Super Over League commences.
The last of the lot, Team Black Thunder has Bhajji, Gibbsy and Dilee. Wait, did you think they are friendly, given their nicknames? It’s the lethal Turbanator Harbhajan Singh, who will spin a web of deceit and mystery which will have the batsmen pondering even after the match! Herschelle Gibbs, the maverick South African comes in next. They say, you don’t assign him a task. You just turn him loose. Everyone’s waiting with bated breath at what’s going to explode when Gibbs stares at the opposition in the eye. Following close on the heels, the Lone Ranger Tillakaratne Dilshan will give you ample “scoop” to talk about for a long time. The Rampaging Lankan is a proven exponent across all formats of cricket and it’s only a matter of time before we see him dish up his trademark “Dilscoop” in the Super Over League too.
Well, it’s time to go beyond the “fasten your seatbelt” expression. It’s the dawn of the “fasten your oculus” era that’s the next big thing to hit the world of cricket and virtual sports. A one-of-a-kind immersive VR experience that’s surely going to keep you strapped on…to your oculus, literally! Until next time, stay updated on everything virtual in the TGPL fanzone. Do subscribe to our newsletter, if you haven’t already. Here’s to you playing out your dreams at the first TGPL Super Over League! Cheers folks, bye!
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