Passion for cricket in India can clearly be seen in every streets. In a country full of cricket fanatics, I don’t think I’ll ever find my love for this game anywhere. I’ve seen the excitement, fear, anticipation, and sweat on the faces of cricket fans when the team is yet to score 20 runs in 2 overs, or if it is to take 5 more wickets in 4 overs.
The shouting of “out!” and “howzzat!” are some just some parts of the tradition. Cricket in my view, is a really hyped sport in India. When other games, like hockey which is our national sport,badminton, kushti, etc are struggling to thrive, cricket has easily made a place for itself amongst the hearts of Indian audience.
I seriously do not ever seem to understand this game. Sometime in future, maybe a holiday will be declared on the day of twenty-twenty finale.
The rules. All those who play cricket make their own rules. In ‘gali-cricket’ for example, children playing cricket consider one-tip-one-hand catch as the player’s eviction. The rules however, differ to those in professional cricket.
Can’t umpire ever make a wrong decision? Shouldn’t he be penalised if the players can be? I mean, what kind of a comprehension of human tendencies is that? As far as I know, all of us are prone to making mistakes. Then, why not the umpires?
‘Technique is a servant. Not a master.’ I read this line a long time back on the internet. How well said is it? They say, no one can ball like Malinga, or none can bat like Ssachin Tendulkar. But the power lies in their attitude, aim, and focus; not in their technique.
The thing that I love the most about this game, though, is that it has strong uniting powers. When a team represents the country on a big scale, the whole country becomes a single entity. It’s only then, that characteristics like patriotism, brotherhood, and unity, show their charm.
England owns the game, alright. But i don’t think India has ever lacked in gaining popularity to the game. We all have seen the Aamir Khan starrer ‘Lagaan’, that showed how one game united the whole village against the British, to achieve a single aim of gaining rights.
Not all cricket teams survive till the real games. Each has its time of glory. If it’s in full form in one year, it may not be so in the other.
Parents today are sending their young guys to cricket coachings with great enthusiasm. The training teaches them to be tough, vigorous, and focussed in life, apart from teaching them the game of course.
But if one notices, one will see, that gender inequality is greatly prevalent in the sport. Girls usually don’t have an interest in playing, and even some do, they’re discouraged by the patriarchy that has tightly held the roots of this country. I’ve honestly, never seen a female cricket team in my whole life. They do talk of making one all the time, but nothing shows up.
Whether you have a bat that costs a lot than your house or the other one that is older than that house, the important thing is that you enjoy playing with it.
Youngsters run after brands when they have to buy a cricket bat. I have a cousin, who bought a cricket bat for 21000 bucks. I mean! Is that even rational? On the other hand, I’ve also seen him being defeated by his mate, who had a worn out, unpolished bat. So I really feel, that the winner is the one, who can feel the game, and not how the texture of the bat feels, or how good the grip is.
The balling styles really confuse me. I only know that you gotta swing your hand in the air, run a little bit towards the pitch to gain momentum, and then you ball. However, cricket freaks will be cricket freaks. From spin ball, to topspinner, to break slider, and what not, they know it all.
The love for cricket, once it evokes, is immortal. For me, the game is bland, and very repetitive. No offence to the cricket fans, of course. I know beauty has no form, and we all have our perceptions about everything.
I do hope that one day, somebody really makes me understand cricket, and its rules and meaning.
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