Even as England’s brief cricket tour winds up, the Indian cricketers themselves have other ideas on their mind – not far from it, the first ever Indian Formula One Grand Prix.
Even Indian cricketers cannot concentrate because their eyes are on the speed machines. As the first Indian Formula One Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday, one can expect plenty of stars to descend at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, a short distance away from the national capital of New Delhi. Amongst the many Bollywood actors and actresses that are expected, not to mention a bevy of politicians, will be a representation of Indian sports and no, they are not the F1 drivers themselves but rather the contingent of Indian cricketers.
Sachin Tendulkar’s previous association with Fiat has already seen him interact with Michael Schumacher in the past and now it is quite possible that the batting maestro will be the one waving the chequered flag at the end of the sixty lap race on Sunday. But he will not be the only Indian cricketers present at the circuit as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain, is expected to fly from Kolkata, where India play England in a Twenty20 contest on Saturday evening, and leaving his love for bikes aside, Dhoni is expected to soak in the speed and sound of the F1 engines.
Supporting the Sahara Force India as the only Indian Formula One racing team are also some of the other Indian cricketers who have not been in seen in action lately on the cricket field such as Yuvraj Singh while Kevin Pietersen and Virat Kohli will be expected to forget the brief India England rivalry and hostilities to take in the drama of the first F1 race in India. All eyes will now trace the cricketers that will grace the circuit even as sports stars, if one can call them that, throng the attention and hog the limelight. Even Indian cricketers find themselves in awe on the odd occasion!