George Bernard Shaw had exclaimed ” Cricket is a game played by 11 fools and watched by 11000 fools” Call us FOOLS !! Nothing on Earth can stop us when It comes to Cricket.The most loved sport in India despite caste , color , age or sex.Every time India plays a match , people in India find some or the other way out to watch it Live.At least make sure that nothing stops them from staying in front of Television all day.How I wish Government could declare a public holiday !
The craze for Cricket was magnified after India’s thundering victory at 1983 World Cup. Every Indian recalls this moment with pride and tears of happiness.Now let me tell you. India’s national sports isn’t Cricket but Hockey. Why ? Google even does not knows the answer.
You can easily spot budding Cricketers in every street of India. One out of every five Indians wishes to be a Cricketer. We are ought to watch at least one Live Match in our lives or we shall not get Salvation.India’s cricket team are World Champions.If you ever happen to ask us Who is Sachin Tendulkar , I swear only God can save you now.
“Craze to grab the accessories of the favorite cricketers, courage to postpone the important activities when one knows the load of work pending can prove fatal if not done in time, fear of losing the match when six runs are required on the last ball, fantasy of imagining oneself among the names in the world of cricket and ‘lastly skipping the meals and praying for the last match win that can balance the series.What more? Cricket is in our blood. We watch cricket six months in a year and talk about it for the next six Months. Have we ever bothered so much about any other sport?” These lines by Rehaan Bansal do complete justice to every Indian’s feelings for Cricket.
Those who are really passionate about cricket spare time from the busy schedule to play, watch, collect information, discuss, understand and appreciate cricket. In their words, “Cricket is a wonderfully civilized act of warfare, the greatest thing that God ever created/the craze, excitement and fun in cricket are the result of personal interests of the people.”
I do remember how my Dad used to make excuses of ” not feeling well ” and ” stomach ache” every time We had an Indo-Pak Match and within few hours He was jumping on the sofa and having samosa and jalebi.
My coaching classes turned Theater showing Cricket and my fellow classmates betting along with the Professor for it.Stepping outside the home was as good as entering and altogether new world.Even street dogs wanted to watch the match.People roaring and shouting , clapping and dancing at every sixer.Yes, Cricket is a celebration here.We relive Diwali and burn crackers after our victory at Pakistan. No other nation can ever understand this feeling that is shared between India and Pakistan during a Cricket Match.
I have re-watched that life changing shots again and again at Youtube and cherished them.My five-year-old niece knows what a fastball or spin ball is and religiously watches Match with the family.The Indian ‘Young Brigade’ is daring, dashing and willing to do the best. Be it Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, R.P Singh, Suresh Raina or S. Sreesanth, all are displaying the ability and courage to take the challenge and dictate their own terms to their rivals, with superb perfection.
Cricket on the Go is what Starsports.com is all about. Now , never miss a single shot and watch your heroes fight like Spartan Kings all day long.
Written for Yes We’re Cricket Crazy Nation by Blogadda