OMG Cricket [๐Ÿโ†’๐Ÿšฝ]

OMG Cricket [๐Ÿโ†’๐Ÿšฝ]

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Following cricket is not only a waste of time; it's outright foolish.

Cricket is a sport that is deeply embedded in the hearts of Indians. But, is the time and energy invested in watching and playing cricket truly justified? Let's See.

Cricket maintains a stronghold in the Indian subcontinent. Here, the cricket players are revered to an almost divine status. It lacks popularity in more developed countries like United States, Canada, and European nations. These countries developed their own sporting culture rather than embracing the remnants of colonial influence.

One must ask, what value does watching cricket add to one's life? Cricket matches are notoriously lengthy, extending from six hours to five days. This drains enormous commitment of time and energy for the viewer. Compare this to the sports like hockey or football, they offer thrilling matches that conclude within an hour or so. The disparity in value for time spent is evident.

Recently(written on 12 Sept, 2023), An India-Pakistan match took place in the Asia Cup. That match was delayed by an entire day due to rainfall. This single match effectively consumed two days of the country's attention and energy, all in the name of a rivalry that has been perpetuated for far too long. Many such matches have happened in the past and surely will continue to happen in the future. But this Us vs. them mentality with Pakistan, when will this end?

We are a country with over 1.4 billion population. Our inability to secure medals at the Olympics is disheartening. Our unwavering focus on cricket is hindering the growth of other sports. At the Olympics, Smaller nations consistently outshine us in terms of gold medal count.

From a player's perspective - With only two players batting at a time and fielders maintaining static positions, the game lacks the constant movement and engagement found in other outdoor sports. This raises concerns about whether we are truly maximizing our physical potential by dedicating our time and energy to cricket.

Cricket's dominance in India extends only to the men's team. The neglect of the women's team is disappointing. They lack the viewership, sponsorship pay, reputation, and influence enjoyed by their male counterparts.

The elimination of cricket as the primary sport of the country is an essential step in the process of removing colonial marks. How can we rename monuments and roads named after colonizers while simultaneously embracing their sporting legacy?

As a kid, I was always advised not to watch cricket by my elders. While the players' bank accounts swell, the watchers, who form the backbone of the sport, remain largely unchanged, their lives untouched by the glamour and wealth that surrounds the game they love.

Our nation's progress lies in diversifying our sporting interests and nurturing talent across various disciplines. It's time to break free from the chains of colonial ideologies, explore other avenues, and ensure that our investments of time and energy truly enrich our lives and contribute to our nation's success.

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