Cricket Mania in India

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Although cricket is not the official national sport in India, it begets much more excitement and a greater fan following than the official national sport Hockey. Why only hockey? In fact no other sport in India can claim the position of cricket in respect to its popularity and revenue generation. 

The cricket mania in India would leave an onlooker amazed and wonderstruck. Go to any part in Indian from Jammu and Kashmirin the north to Kerala and Tamilnadu in the south or fromMaharashtra in the west to Assam in the east, you would definitely spot a bunch of boys busy with a cricket bat (or may be it's poorer version) hitting a ball. 

If you wondered why, reasons are many. That India often makes it to the top teams of cricket, scores high among the reasons. In its nearly 60 years of history after independence, the biggest international success of India is the World Cup victory in 1983, which the Indians still hold dear to heart. Subsequent appreciable performances in other World Cups and international tournaments have much to do with the huge popularity of cricket in India. 

A short history
The British brought the game of cricket to India. Initially only the Parsi community of western India, who were rather close to the British Officials, started playing the game. In course of time the game found favor with the Indian royalty. Some of the Indian Maharajahs even gained favor with the British for their cricketing merits. After India gained Independence in 1947, the British left, but the legacy remained. It did not take long for Indians to make it to the international arena. 

Today cricket in India play the role of an adhesive in this land of contrasts and contradiction. At least the Indians from Srinagar to Kochi from Mumbai to Kolkata have something in common! No wonder an ace Indian cricketer is worshipped like a deity. Whether he is fromUttaranchal or Andhra Pradesh from Maharashtra or Arunachal Pradesh , hardly makes any difference. The movie stars...
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