For we Indians, Cricket Is not just a sport but a religion. Post Independence, the British would have exploited all our minerals but they gave us Cricket through which India got its special status in the world of sports. Today Cricket brings our nation pride on all the achievements we got as India is the only country in the world to win world cup in all the three formats of limited overs game. Cricket has given us much more than entertainment.
SO HERE ARE THE REASONS WHY CRICKET IS NOT JUST A SPORT BUT A RELIGION.
UNITY IN DIVERSITY
India having a diverse culture, no other factor in the world unites the Indians as Cricket do. From rich to poor, religions , community, Castes etc.., cricket being common unites all of us especially when it is India against Pakistan.
FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH CRICKETING NATIONS
Cricket also is a factor for India for its friendly relations with all other Cricketing nations. International tours of Cricket tournaments and events often allow the fans to travel across the countries favoring in friendly relationship among the citizens of different countries.
Cricket as a sport in India provide a large number of employment to its citizens. From the ground maintenance to the players there’s a large scope of employment. Also it provides employment for the retired cricketers.
EFFICIENT CRICKET BOARD
Board Of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is a strong, efficient, rich and well-established board compared to others cricketing nations governing board. A well-organized board elevates the country to dominate the sport.
WORLD CLASS CRICKETERS
Indian National Cricket team is definitely a combination of world class cricketers. Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Shewag, MS Dhoni, Virat Kholi, Yuvraj Singh etc.. Made such a strong impact on their fans which surely made Cricket a religion.
ONE CASTE, ONE RELIGION, ONE GOD FOR FAN
“CRICKET IS MY RELIGION, SACHIN IS MY GOD.”
The famous quote on Sachin Tendulkar describes everything why Cricket is a religion in India. Sachin Tendulkar made the most unbeatable records in Cricket. Also the sportsman spirit and gentlemen’s game of Sachin Tendulkar undoubtedly makes him the God of Cricket.
ADVERTISING AND SPONSORS
Cricket is a great platform for advertisements. Cricket always attracts many companies to sponsor cricket tournaments and cricket events at local, national and international level. Also the celebrity status of the popular cricketers attracted many big companies to make them as their Brand Ambassador.
IT’S A HANDY SPORT
Cricket is the most convenient sport for all Indians. It doesn’t need infrastructure just a bat and ball can do it all. Children who cannot afford playstations, X-box made their childhood awesome with Galli Cricket
EDUCATES MORE THAN CLASSES
The fact is that what schools and colleges couldn’t do, Cricket does it. Students in India learns more world’s geography from cricket than school text books. Also English commentary facilitates in improving English learning skills in a more convenient form.
MOVIES AND BIOPICS
Cricket is the script for many blockbuster movie in Indian cinemas. Also the biopics of popular cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Azaruddin etc.., had a great influence of Cricket in Indian cinemas.
INDIA VS PAKISTAN
One of the most celebrated sporting event in the world is the game of India against Pakistan. It is also celebrated as the mark of peace between the two nations. The India vs Pakistan factor unites large number of fans across the country.
EPIC CRICKET MOMENTS
Some records and epic moments of India in Cricket match surely gives us the goosebumps. Some of these famous moments are Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes in a over, Rohit Sharma scoring 264 in an ODI match, MS Dhoni’s world cup winning six etc..
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE(IPL) FACTOR
The origin of IPL in 2008 was huge sensation to the Cricket world. As it brought all the best players of the world together with the local Indian player , the IPL surely took the enthusiasm of Cricket to a whole new level. Also IPL is a place where glamour meets cricket. Indulging of Bollywood and Businessman personalities gives a boost to the fans.
India’s success in winning world titles like ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy, ICC T20 World Cup, Asia Cup etc.., and also its quite impressive performance in other international matches allure lot of fans.
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