If there is a religion in India, which unites the whole nation without discrimination on any basis, I bet; you can think of only one. Yes, my dear fellas it’s none other than CRICKET. The religion transcends across all the borders of our country and other nations as well. People worship cricketers and literally breathe cricket during tournaments. Men, women and children of all ages offer their sincere devotion to this religion. Also it is to be noted that this religion has the largest number of followers, making it consistently dominant throughout ages.
Proud to say that I was lucky enough to witness the following events(on TV of course):
1. Sreesanth’s wining catch due to Misbah-Ul-Haq’s unfortunate shot (Heart rate went to 200 😮 )
2. The second ODI quest which was conquered after 28 years since Kapil’s Devils did it in 1983 😀
3. Sachin’s farewell speech (Never cried so much for anyone 😥 )
4. Yuvraj smashing 6 sixes mercilessly(Felt sorry for Stuart 😛 )
5. Dhoni’s destructive stumping (Bangladesh match being the magnum opus😎).
6. Sehwag’s 300s. (He’s got the thing 😉 )
7. Sourav’s shirt waving at Lord’s at NatWest series in 2002.
8. Rahul’s and Laxman’s 200s 😎
9. Anil’s 10 wicket haul.
10. Virat’s chase off in last the OZ match 😀
** These are the few moments I was able to quickly retrieve from my memory. There are countless other memories like the historic Eden Garden win to India’s many last ball wins in T20. Harsha Bhogle’s commentary is something that adds up a unique favour to all the cricket matches immensely.
With the arrival of IPL in cricket, many aspiring cricketers who couldn’t make a mark in international cricket, got a golden egg in their fortune. It’s just like a rags to riches story for many local players who were picked up for crores by their respective teams. It was and still is a rare potpourri of different cultures, players and celebrities and is a solid entertainer.
The integral part of this game is their FANS – who elevate the match to thrilling finishes chanting INDIA…INDIA…INDIA… at the top of their voices. It’s a beacon of moral support which pumps up the adrenaline levels of our players in home grounds. No wonder most of the records are broken on home grounds.
I quit watching cricket after Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement in 2013. Two years passed on and here I am; now sitting glued back to TV without missing the last over of all T20 matches. Irresistible totally. Watching India beat one the best teams(the recent matches) mercilessly is a priceless feeling.
Well seriously I got no idea if India will win this ICC T20 World Cup or not. The outcome of this league won’t deter the spirit of fans in our country anyway. They ostracize, think a lot about it, talk for a few days and then move on. The TV’s in our households will be switched on for the next match and, celebrations with whistles will rule the nights disturbing our sound sleep.
I repeat cricket is not a sport in India; it’s a religion.