The IPL this year has been home to interesting ads, but there’s perhaps none stranger than the one featuring West Indian superstar Chris Gayle. Gayle, dressed in all black, sits backwards on a white chair against a plain white background. “Lissen me, I’m not a bad man,” he says, head bowed. He then raises his head. “I’m a bad boy,” he smiles. “Bad boy to girls,” he continues, as an attractive woman sashays into the frame….
Cheerleaders have now become an accepted, integral part of the IPL. Despite the initial reservations that they wouldn’t fit into the Indian cultural scene, they are now on thousands of TV screens, vociferously applauding every four and six in India’s own festival. Despite them getting tons of airtime, there’s very little known about the girls behind the skimpy costumes and the heavy makeup. So when an American IPL cheerleader decided to do an AMA on Reddit, the community was rapt. And got to know some very interesting details about what it’s like to be a cheerleader in the IPL.