Harkamal Singh Bajwa
In the world of sports, India is a country known for its love for the game of Cricket. Although, India has made its mark in many other sports as well but Cricket has always been the most loved sport in the country. Cricket is a game which brings Indian people together when a match is on especially when it is against the arch-rivals Pakistan. Introduced by the British, Cricket now has India as its most powerful organizer. The cricket crazy nation has given birth to BCCI, authority that governs Indian cricket, which is the most powerful and richest cricket board in the world at present. So much so that it helps many other cricket boards in their development and finances.The game of Cricket has given a lot to the Indian people to cherish through out the years. It is the game which millions dream to play for the country and which runs in the blood of most of the Indians. It is the game which brings everyone together. Every country or continent has specific taste for certain things. Be it the food, the movies or games, different countries are known for different tastes. Like Europe is known for their crazy love for Football and New Zealand for Rugby, India and Indian Sub-continent are known for their love for Cricket.Initially, Hockey was India’s stronghold but as the time passed people felt more for cricket rather than Hockey. While BCCI has risen to be the richest cricket board, the Indian Hockey Association seems to be in tatters. But has Cricket’s rising popularity been the reason for Hockey’s downfall in the country? Has Cricket done anything wrong to be blamed for the failure of other sports in India? Is it really Cricket which affects the promotion of other sports?Well, most of the times people have been complaining about Cricket’s popularity leading to lack of promotion of other sports. But is it the real reason? A game or sport is something for which a human develops his own taste. No one is forced to follow or play a particular sport. Cricket was never forced down the throats of the people. It was their own love towards the game through which it became so popular. But still people can be seen blaming Cricket for the failure of other sports.
Some people would say that the Governments have always favored Cricket over other games. However, in a country like India it is hard for anyone or anything to attain favors from authorities without performance. In a country struggling with its system even after 70 years of Independence, Indian Cricket has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Though a lot of politics might have been involved but never has the Indian Cricket or Cricketers been seen blaming other sports during their bad phase.An example can be taken from a recent incident when Snooker Champ Pankaj Advani took a dig at Indian Cricketers after winning the Asian Pool Championship. In his tweet, he said,”We r not demigods, we r not cricketers.. We r the Asian Team Snooker Champions 2017 What a feeling!.” Whether it was out of his failure to get proper attention after his victory or something else but it surely wasn’t something expected of a sportsperson. Taking a dig at other sports to take a shot at fame isn’t a part of a sportsman’s spirit. Such things were not aimed at cricket for the first time. Not only sportsmen, but people and sports authorities over the years have blamed cricket to hide their failures and inadequacy.Howbeit, its neither Indian Cricket ‘s fault nor the other sportsmen’s fault. The fault lies within the their administrations and authorities, who in order to run away from harsh truth discovers different ways to get away from it. Cricket cannot make other sportsmen under-perform in their own game. Cricket would have no benefit or loss with them losing or winning. If a specific sport isn’t able to grab their limelight and their needs, it is their administration’s failure not Cricket’s popularity which led them down.People’s minds often get swayed away by such statements and they tend to believe them. It isn’t ethically right to dishonor a sport to hide one’s own fault and failures. Such problems have always been prevalent in India. The need of this hour is to eradicate such things and focus on what is right and what is to be done. Each and every game or sport holds their own distinctive place. No game or sport can bring the other one down. It is the people’s taste that brings something into light.Football is the most followed sport in the world. With its large viewership and fan base, it earns more than any other sport. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t allow other sports to grow. Instead of the blame game, one should really focus on things which needs to be reordered. India has immense passion and talent for sports and the need is to find them and help them grow. The poor sports management in India is not a hidden fact. BCCI, on their part, does their best with their own resources and results can be seen as Indian Cricket Team ranks No. 1 in both Tests and ODIs.Similarly, looking back at the immense talent this country has, if our sports administration improves their standards then no wonder one can see a lot of Indians making their ways to top in many other games as well.
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