Indian National Cricket Team
Indian cricket team or new “Bollywood” Championship
The way events develop in Indian cricket, more and more resembles the old, but still hotties actual history of Cinderella. Or, if you will, one of the naive Bollywood scenes in the new sports scenery. There is even a whole list of those who decided to associate the rest of their careers (or even shake the old days and restart them) with the country of wild monkeys, yoga and spiritual enlightenment. What made honored veterans sign up for an Indian adventure and become members of a project called “Indian National Cricket Team”?
The densely populated India, which for many decades was under the political and cultural control of cricket’s homeland, Great Britain, by the beginning of the 21st century was destined to be in the remote backyard of the most popular ball game that it was indecent to write about them in the printed press. And it’s really true: country with a gigantic human resource the local team takes a not very attractive position in the ranking; it is extremely rare to be able to qualify for the Cup. Even before the formation of the Indian Cricket League, local cricket had a full-fledged championship, which took as its basis the traditional system with knockout and promotion of teams. But the level of the championship fully corresponds to the game of its national team, and in the domestic championship of India it is rare to find a truly strong legionnaire.
India National Cricket Team: brief info
Cricket, before other team sports, reached the stage of formation of national federations (in England it was created in 1797) and national teams (the first match of the national teams of the USA and Canada – 1844, the first international tour of the national team – England in the USA in 1859). However, the complexity of the rules and the undisguised image of the “Game of gentlemen” limited the spread of this sport only by England and its dominions and colonies. And that is not all. Outside of these countries, cricket is at least known only in Holland and some countries of the Persian Gulf where large Indian Diasporas live. The International Cricket Council consists of 105 countries, but they are divided into 4 categories according to the degree of popularity of the species in these countries.
Cricket is interesting because it has two main types of competitions – international games – tests that can last for 5 days and one-day games that are held in the framework of national and international championships. To become a permanent member of the federation, it is necessary to conduct tests, and in order to conduct them, it is necessary that other teams want to play with you. Butches are not interesting to anyone without a fight. That is why there are only 10 teams in the top of the federation. Now there are 2 cricket world championships. One, the one that ended yesterday in Mumbai, India is similar to other game sports championships. Within its framework one-day matches are held. The test championship is more like the professional tennis championships – the champion is the team that currently has the highest rating. The competition has been held since June 2003. The first 74 weeks the champion was the Australian team, then South Africa changed it to 4 weeks, and since the fall of 2009 the Indians have been leading.
Cricket team: India and real passion
In South Asian-crazed cricket, all the frenzy of feelings for this game erupted in the last couple of months, during the passage of the Cricket World Cup in host countries – India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. 14 countries took part in the tournament and in the semifinals met 2 of the most important rivals in the world of sports: India and Pakistan. Here is a small selection of photos of people playing, looking, living and breathing this sport in some countries of South Asia. Children play cricket on the railway in Chitagon, Bangladesh, March 10th. A firework over Bangabundu National Stadium marked the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 17th.
Many have seen policemen and security officials fighting off attacking fans who have waited all night in line for tickets for the India-England match near the Chinnasasi Stadium in Bangalore, India. The Indian press reported that the 7,000 tickets allocated to the public ended in the morning and the crowd threw out their frustration on the police, who responded with an attempt to tame the crowd with their bamboo canes.
This begs a natural question – how do wealthy Indians spend the sports part of their leisure time?
They go to look at another favorite fun of the British – cricket. This game was brought to India by the inhabitants of Foggy Albion also during the colonization period, and since then it has been rightly considered to be the main local sports game in which every second Indian boy wants to play, imitating his idols – Sashin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Sunilo Gavaskar Kapila Dev and Rahul Dravida. And another curious touch – cricket is the second most popular game in the world (after football of course). A few years ago, Indian businessmen decided to monetize spectator interest in the game (from 60 to 100 thousand spectators come to individual matches – the capacity of the venues contributes to this) in Indian rupees. Thus a completely new league appeared, around which very serious money is now spinning.
What did Indian businessmen do with cricket?
They made only a few simple but effective steps: the maximum meeting time was limited to three hours, which made cricket on TV more convenient. Eight cities received the right to form clubs that were supposed to play among themselves in the framework of the new professional league. The places in the league were put up for auction (a full package of rights to the teams was bought for 720 million dollars). At the head was put entertainment in the American sense of the word: movie stars in the stands, girls from the support group, high-quality television picture and other elements of the show’s delivery. As a result, record Asian television ratings (despite the fact that the competitions are only about seven weeks a year), competitive salaries of cricketers (second place in the world in terms of weekly wages after the US NBA) the right to show league matches for the next 8 years.
The financial success of cricket, which has prepared, in fact, a full-fledged template for creating a successful sports business product in India, forced football to go the same way. Optimism was confirmed by numbers: sociological polls revealed that 47% of Indians consider themselves football fans (remember the country’s population!) and an average of 50 million Indians watched the matches of the recent World Cup in Brazil.
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Against the background of the cricket cult in India, football grew in popularity. From 2005 to 2009 throughout the country, his television audience increased by 60%. Five years ago, a survey was conducted – it turned out that almost half of the country’s population consider themselves to be football fans, and a significant portion of these people support Manchester United. The world championship matches in Brazil were watched by an average of 50 million Indians. It is not a weak figure, considering that due to the significant time difference with South America, the games were broadcast mainly at night.
Since the Indian cricket league can be considered one of the most successful sports projects in the world, it is not surprising that, following its example, Indian football was decided to stir. Under the patronage of the next rich characters created a closed elite league of eight clubs and scattered them throughout the country. The championship will be unusually transient – from October to December (as in cricket – here the games go only seven weeks). But largely because of the capacious format, Marco Materazzi, Freddie Yunberg, Robert Pires and the company agreed to resume their careers. It is also interesting that the matches will be held not by packs on weekends, but by the game per day. But it is unlikely only by attracting superstars in India will be able to achieve something phenomenal. All this can be seen in the United States and Australia, and even in China. In order for the Indian project to become successful, the organizers need to come up with their chip (in addition to short-term) – some new rules and show tricks. That is something that you will not see anywhere. In the performance of childhood idols such entertainment could have been a success.
By the way, cricket and football in India are not going to be limited. The plans – to create tennis tournaments, where matches between the best players in the world will last just one set. Also in India they want to revive the country’s historical sports: field hockey, athletics and badminton. Under the development of all this, a law was recently passed that Indian companies are obliged to spend at least 2% of net income on social activities. Sport belongs to this category. So do not be surprised if in the near future India will dominate not only cricket and synchronous songs and dances, but will take the Olympic “gold” in some kind of race or even raise a football star.
India sells sweets in the form of cricket players
In India, in one of the pastry shops began to sell unusual sweets. Candy, cookies, cakes – everything is dedicated to cricket. There are even sweet figures of national team players. The fact is that the owner of the confectionery is an ardent fan of the local team in this sport. By the way, the Indian national team in cricket at the World Cup has already won seven victories in a row and advanced to the semifinals. Cricket sweets became very popular overnight. The owner of the institution even had to hire additional confectioners to satisfy their demand.