Posted by: Prem Piyush | March 19, 2007

World cup cricket craze and Indian sports


In teenages, I was about to be addicted with cricket viewing as cricket mania caught me hard.

Then one day,fortunately one remark changed my attitude towards television viewing forever. “How lucky are the mothers of those playing kids’, my children are viewing after forgetting food and drink, and what’s a bad luck, I have, that my kids can’t play anything, that world might have seen ! ” – Ma told these concerned lines without any bit of scolding.

And not viewing cricket became a habit and that time, we were encouraged to do little gardening, and we did ask for money to buy flower saplings. Once or twice given and from next time, she used to be again smart here; she encouraged us, using our pocket money for growing flowers, as genuine cause.

Coming back to cricket, my total sympathy for the whole Indian fans, who got mild heart attacks after, such a defeat in first match. Yesterday against relatively new team of Bangladesh in world cup India lost the match. I want to accumulate one or two tears.

I was not surprised or shocked. I am habituated to see Indian sports in global arena. In similar context, if India returns from Olympics without a single medal, that becomes the routine. Who cares!

Regarding these publicities of cricket, I do see, India as a big drama company country, as people love to see the happenings around, what ever is going on. Whether Aish sneezes or Ganguli coughs, a news is formed instantly. A crowd can be formed at anytime. Being a part of crowd is just our habit. And boosts our habits are, respectfully ours, unavoidable MNCs.

To MNCs, selling products / events is just a matter of playing with our lazy habits and playing with the emotions. So many schemes are going on for cheap TV and dish and so on.

Anyway India loses in sports front heavily, as without being ashamed of its population strength.And if this trend continues and we keep seeing defeated sports teams of India coming back with hollow faces regularly, I do fear the level of confidence in my next gen.

For the well to do people, who have facilities at hand, the reason can be in one line – we people are not conscious of our physical power boosted with mental ability. In sports, along with these characteristics aggression with self discipline matters. And leave the aggression aside for time being, the majority of citizens have turned out just crowd spectators.

With large crowd of lazy audience sitting for hours and days, unlike any other sports, crickets has less participation of players on field on average.The luck part of the game also binds and make suffer one emotionally.

Fact is participation in sports makes one confident and fills up a part of the personality that only sportspersons can understand. I do have it in me, as I have participated till state level games. Light games like badminton, squash do the same thing as per choice. The yoga, aerobics and stretching work-outs have own way to achieve same in a very large extent.

As far as current team is on world-cup tour, I do appreciate our Indian team of challenging guys, but feel sorry not seeing those ball by ball and embedded advertisements of paste and creams. Highlights are okay thing to watch some of the best guys of world.

There is no harm in remaining hopeful. May India reaches the final, one full day can be spared 🙂 for the excitement.

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