Cricket in India : Too Much Importance?
Cricket is one of the most favoured sports in India. This article enlists how this over-importance has caused the downfall of India in other sports.
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Cricket has been one of the most favorite sports of India. Cricket in India has earned a lot of fans and respect for cricket is very high in India. More respect for the sport has come from the coming of cricket on Television. This influence of cricket in India has helped India to set new standards of cricket and the training given to cricketers is world class. Cricket is very popular among people of all walks of life, adults, children, the elderly and almost any type of Indian there is.
Cricket in India has earned a lot of money for people who make cricket their business. These include sports channels, sports brands, sports schools, companies broadcasting ads during matches and even the cricketers themselves. The popularity of cricket in India has made Indian cricketers extremely popular and rich However, we can see a negative of this over-importance and over-glorifying of cricket in India that is the negligence of other sports in India. India is actually a hockey-playing nation where Indians used to emerge as champions in hockey. Hockey is the national game of India and not cricket. Ironically, even though we give so much importance to cricket, we still don’t emerge as the unbeatable champions in it.
When recently, India won the finals in an international hockey tournament. It was a proud moment for our country. But the ignorant, stupid and insensitive public whose love was only for cricket did not cheer, nor did they care about the achievement. Even the media refused to glorify the achievement because it wasn’t as money-pulling as cricket is. These are examples of how cricket has made our nation into sport weaklings. In the Olympics, we always come out with a silver, or a few bronze medals, most of the Olympics, we are not able to get even one gold medal. The last gold medal before 2008 was 28 years back. Why does this happen? It is because of the over-glorification of CRICKET. Even in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Abhinav Bhindra scored a gold medal. Abhinav Bhindra did not train in India. He trained himself with his own money outside the country and made our country proud. This attitude of cricket is very bad for the nation and its could turn our country into a sports failed nation.
The government, instead of spending so much money on new cricket stadiums should spend more on other sports like spending on new football fields, swimming pools, tennis courts, badminton courts and other facilities. The government must impose much higher taxes and duties on cricket. The money obtained can be used to develop the sports infrastructure further. It is a shame that we are not even able to pay for sports equipment for other sports.
We can’t keep giving utmost priority to cricket only, Other nations like Australia and England are good at cricket but they are good at other sports also. Often, Australia emerges out as champions in cricket and they also reach upto the semi-finals in the FIFA. But we on the other hand, win seldom in cricket and not even qualify for football.
This needs to be changed.
If we need to show ourselves as a strong, powerful nation like the Chinese, we need to change this attitude and develop.