If you get The Big Bang Theory reference, you are worthy of my respect. (Do I hear a cough?)
But no, it’s not that cricket I’m talking about. I’m talking about the Cricket fever, the cricket craziness, the blue fever or whatever you want to call it that’s keeping this country glued to the TV. I read somewhere that the number of people tuning in to the opening match from the Subcontinent was more than the number of people in Europe.
Me, I’ve never been anti-cricket. It’s more of anti-hype. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy watching nor does it mean that I’d be better off not knowing it. I do like cricket, and I will most definitely be supporting my country but sometimes (read very often), the antics of those cricket crazy people annoy me.
Being a kid from India, who has a dad who loves cricket, I’ve had my fair share of bruises from playing cricket. Not that I can play decently, mind you. But when you grow up in an atmosphere where cricket is the thing to watch on TV (back then, when there was nothing else, save Cartoon Network till 5 p.m.,) you can’t help but get involved and start watching it.
And yes, I’ve been infused with this World Cup hysteria, largely because of my dad & brother, and that it is happening here. It’s impossible to ignore this frenzy when that’s all that everyone talks about. Someone playing on the streets, will walk to your house and ask for the score, in college you get texts about the score, all the radio channels will devote a few seconds to update the score, and there’s no lack of fireworks and cacophony when India wins. Nor is there a lack of finger-pointing and shouting when India loses. But that’s a part of our viewing experience.
Sure, cricket is given undue attention and the other sports are only now being thrust into the spotlight, but it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate other sports.
With a few days left for the big India-Pakistan Semifinal clash, I really hope the Indians get through. It would be a wonderful final if India does. And no matter what people say, India vs. Pakistan will always be an interesting match. I’m not one who is for the animosity between the two nations nor do I want such a thing affecting the sport, but it’s always funny when people give paramount importance to India-Pakistan clashes. It’s like when Dhoni said that all the people are now going to say that it doesn’t matter if India loses the final as long as India defeats Pakistan. It’s the stupid, almost-funny mentality of the people, sadly.
But whatever it is, this will be a good world cup what with India sending home the Aussies and NZ proving themselves against SA.
Bleeding Blue, indeed!