Cricket, a mammoth of a game that involves one ball and 11 people running after it!
This game is no less than a festival; the only difference is that we don’t get an official holiday. Who wins, who loses may not make any strategic difference but it affects India at large.
Cricket is like a religion, which is followed by 85% of India. This religion has the potential to create harmony and unity like no other religion. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see people saying, ‘I believe in philosophy of cricket’ instead of arguing over religion.
In India, we take this game very personally. We participate in the game as much as the official cricket team, without playing. If India wins, we win. If India loses then… there is no place for the losers. In our minds, our team can’t lose. Whether it is the National team or a galli team; we expect results and we want performers, a man of the match to look up to. Like Raju who is still introduced as hamari colony ka Sachin Tendulkar.
My mother is a big fan of the game. She does not understand the rules but is bound to the spirit of the game. She creates an incomparable cricket atmosphere during the World Cup when India plays. She invites everyone home, gets snacks ready and prepares ‘Dal Khichdi’ for lunch. If India wins, we get a party but if not, then the same ‘Khichdi’ is dinner. The game becomes a reason to bond, rejoice or commiserate.
Cricket is important. The government should consider including important match days in the list of national holidays. Every time an important match is played, so many people fall sick with fevers, stomach aches or food poisoning; the amount of leave applications in offices, colleges and schools would mystify survey results.
This amazing game increases TRPs but reduces productivity at work and attendance at schools and colleges.
And this ‘ill’ phenomenon gives creative writers enough masala to write their next book on what cricket does to the nation.
Cricket time par har TV par hoga Pepsi
Tau Desi piyenge Lassi
Aur ghar par hogi janta, sau mein se assi (80/100)
We live cricket!