Day 12. Cricket Fever in India

India is a country of passionate cricket lovers. Where people enjoy every bit of a cricket match getting themselves glued to their TV screens. Sports is so important part of our life that we are always encouraged to take maximum participation in sports from our school days. It gives us joy, a feel of competitiveness, qualities of  a leader, healthy lifestyle and importance of team efforts.

People of my country are so passionate for cricket that  winning or losing a game is taken as the matter of pride. When a kid in India grows enough to walk or run, A bat of fibre is given to him as gift or bought for him as his first playing toy. As soon as he holds the bat, the parents play with him with a ball thrown at him to see how he strikes. Most of us start to play cricket as the first outdoor game of our life.

We grow up in an environment where Cricket match is hailed as a day of festival and people literally take off from their work to attend some games on their screen. We watch and learn about our players the old heroes who have retired,  We watch them making comebacks and scoring hundreds on the ground. We are proud of the glorious history of two time world cup winning team India.

Even if we do not have means to watch a way we manage it any how. I have so many memories of my childhood of watching cricket matches on shops when electricity was gone at my house. I have seen huge crowd at shops watching matches. I have seen my father listening to the commentary and also listened to it with them.

When we talk about Cricket in India, It would be a crime if I do not bring name of Sachin Tendulkar into the discussion. I consider myself extremely lucky to be born at a time that I got to watch Sachin Tendulkar breaking line and lengths of world class bowlers with his bat. I am a very big fan of Sachin Tendulkar, his class of batting is out of this world. India has produced so many great players who have made us proud at times.

We earn so many memories watching cricket matches with our family and friends. We become very superstitious while watching it and do not literally move from a place believing it will lead to the loss of our team. We can observe silent streets during an India Pakistan match. Cricket is the biggest entertainer in my country, The success of IPL proves it big way. The popularity of Cricket has increased exponentially in some previous years. I still remember how I witnessed people marching on street with tri-colour in their hands when we won the cricket world cup on the eve of 2nd April 2011. I have seen people exploding fire crackers on wins and also shedding tears when we lose. This passion of cricket is in the blood of most of Indians, and it will never diminish with time.

Cricket is the only religion in my country which unites us all.


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