10/10/2008

Why do Indians love cricket?

COLIN TODHUNTER writes on why he thinks cricket is a big hit with Indians.
Cricket is just about the biggest thing in India, and I can see why. The test match variety involves a lot of waiting. It is a slow paced game; chess on grass. On almost every strip of waste ground, young boys play cricket.

They wait — for the bowler to bowl; for the batsman to bat; and for the fielder to eventually field. This near eternity of waiting mirrors just about everything else that goes on around them.
He concludes that as an Indian's love cricket as their life in general involves waiting intermittently.
Do you agree?
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Blogger Naked Cricket said...

OTT - twisted yet fascinating take. Like the chess on grass bit.

10/10/2008, 10:19  
Blogger Ottayan said...

NC,

The beauty is the writer is from England. Wonder what he makes of the interest among Australians.:)

10/10/2008, 11:07  
Anonymous scorpicity said...

Stoned beyond words... maybe it was grass he consumed :).

10/10/2008, 20:12  
Blogger Colin Todhunter said...

No, I had no 'grass' - honest! Twisted perhaps. I come from Liverpool... so you'll have to excuse me where cricket is concerned... it's football, football and more football in that particular city.

14/10/2008, 17:22  
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14/10/2008, 18:02  
Anonymous Ottayan said...

Welcome to this community Colin.

Liverpool is it - I remember reading that the Asians in Britain love the Liverpool team. Is that so?

14/10/2008, 18:05  
Blogger Colin Todhunter said...

Perhaps less so these days. Maybe back in the 70s and 80s when the team ruled supreme.

15/10/2008, 01:07  
Blogger Colin Todhunter said...

Maybe I'll get hounded off here for not being a cricket fan! Anyway, I do watch it from time to time on TV... only if England play Oz and or play India sometimes.

15/10/2008, 01:11  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Colin,

I have a vague recollection that it was some cultural connection that had to with Liverpool's popularity.

You are not alone. I rarely watch matches that involves other teams.:)

BTW do you still live in Chennai?

15/10/2008, 05:32  
Blogger Colin Todhunter said...

No, no longer Chennai. I can't recall any cultural connection. Liverpool has a very small Asian population, unlike Birmingham, Bradford, Leicester and Manchester.

15/10/2008, 10:42  
Blogger Ottayan said...

That is a pity. I was just going through your blogs and thought that you lived in Chennai.

Regarding the affinity, could it be because of the Beatles? :)

15/10/2008, 10:59  
Blogger Colin Todhunter said...

I used to spend a lot of time in Chennai, but not these days..

Could be due to The Beatles.

15/10/2008, 19:58  

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