Cricket vs Football? That’s the question Indians ask, when the FIFA World Cup is on.
Cricket is virtually a religion in India, and cricketers are gods. So whenever India play in a cricket World Cup tournament, a large number of households across the country conduct ‘poojas’ to solicit divine help to guide the Indian team to victory.
In other words, they secure for the Indian team a divine right of sorts to claim the World Cup as their own, and any team that deprives them of their rightful belonging is a usurper.
Little wonder then that with such divine proprietary right already established before a cricket world cup begins, any loss by the Indian team appears surreal, and fans are wont to give vent to emotion.
Thus when India play in a cricket match, Indian spectators don’t view it as a contest, but as a stepping stone to something greater. So in their view, the opposition team exists only to facilitate that journey.
(You might go some way in understanding this jingoistic attitude if you try to discuss the merits of a less known player, belonging to another team, with the average Indian fan. If such fan isแจกเครดิตฟรี ufabet aware of the player you are discussing, he is unlikely to concede that the player being discussed has any merit at all.
And if he has not heard of the player you mention, then he is likely to dismiss him as so devoid of any talent as to consider him beneath his dignity to discuss.)
But getting back to the subject at hand, the Indian team’s loss to Sri Lanka in the World Cup semi-final in 1996 will serve as a good case-study. With 9 wickets down for nothing, and victory an impossibility, the spectators at Kolkata’s Eden gardens decided that enough was enough.
So what if the Indians did not set the game on fire? The fans decided to compensate by setting the stands on fire. Utter chaos reigned and match referee, Clive Lloyd’s appeal to the crowd was ignored as they went about their ‘work’ with diligence.
Lloyd awarded the match to Sri Lanka, a decision still disputed by some who insist that the last pair would have won the match score the 100 odd runs still needed, on a vicious turning track.