Cricket as the King of Sports in India. Talking about the most popular sports in India, many people in this country may simply mention cricket on the top of the list. It is probably quite surprising mainly for people in other countries. Moreover, cricket is originally from Europe and it is widely developed in the UK. Well, there is actually a long story about how cricket can be very popular and played by most people in this country. Here is the explanation
It was started from the colonialism era
It sounds silly but it is true. Without the history of European colonialism, many people in this world may not know what cricket is. In India, cricket was brought by British troops to the commonwealth countries. Particularly, they are South Asian countries like India and Sri Lanka. This new sport attracted local people in those countries. The way it is played is indeed quite simple. People in the past could also use other tools to replace original cricket equipment.
After the colonialism era was over, Indian people didn’t completely forget what they had learned from British troops. It is not only about their language and habit. Even the troops’ favorite sports are still played by them. From time to time, cricket becomes the most popular sport in India and the government knows it well. Currently, the sport looks like a national sport with many professional Indian players who play in many cricket clubs in the world.
Simple but it takes a long time
Cricket itself is a very tiring sport. Professional teams can even play it in many days. Yes, in one session, this sport may take around 6 hours. In this game, there are two teams that compete to win the game. The more scores they gain the chance to be a winner is getting bigger. The scores are known as “run”. Meanwhile, tools used in the game are a bat and a ball along with some posts inside the cricket field.
A cricket field in India may look smaller than the fields in Europe and the USA. Yes, in its hometown, it looks like people love to make a luxurious and grand cricket field. Well, there is also another story behind it. In Europe, cricket is a sport that was only played by aristocrats and noblemen. It turns into a unique fact that the sport was played by middle-class people in India.
Indian Investment for Cricket
Although cricket in India is the people’s sport, the government has invested more in it. Currently, many big cricket stadiums with international standards have been established in some big cities. For example, in Mumbai only, there are two international cricket stadiums; they are Wankhede and Brabourne. Meanwhile, there is also Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. The stadium is known as the best cricket stadium in India,
Big entrepreneurs from inside and outside the country are also interested to invest their money in cricket. Based on the data, India Premier League (IPL) for cricket involves around 23,000 viewers per game. Being established in 2003, IPL also values more than USD 3 trillion.