I’ve always had this sort of aversion to cricket since 2007, when India lost to Australia in the world cup… Not because team India lost, but because I found it meaningless – the whole of it. People cheered and praised the team if it won, but if it lost, they attacked them verbally, and sometimes even physically. Another reason I started disliking the game was because everyone seemed to think that wearing a dark blue team shirt and waving a flag was all that patriotism was about. So, I totally revolted at the sound of ‘cricket’ [I even started hating the insects]. But this World Cup has helped me get in touch with the truth.
Cricket is a great game… truly wonderful. The feeling you get when you’re in a room full of strangers, watching team India play and suddenly the whole room erupts with cheers at a sixer… priceless. But that moment when we feel proud to be an Indian, that little flash of patriotism isn’t enough to help a huge democratic country like ours. So my dear friends, cricket-lovers and country men, let’s extend our passions for the nation and apprehensions for its success, a bit beyond the cricket stadium and into the real day-to-day life.
By the way, did I tell you about the match today [2nd April, 2011]? It was incredible! :D