Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Gentleman's Game Comes Stateside


THE Gentleman's game is to turn to The United States. Some of the biggest legends of the game are to visit the place, not to mention play the game at the Yankees Stadium. The men to visit are past their prime, all retired from the professional sport, but none any less passionate about the game. So, which is the gentlemen's game? The sport is called Cricket (not that which chirps). Cricket is the world's second most popular sport after Soccer.

The game was invented by the British, and then they took it to all its colonies. Even to 'The United States', where it did flourish in the first half of the nineteenth century, but than lost its place, as Baseball grew its reach. Baseball with lesser rules, rounded bats was taken with open arms by the people. Anyways, Cricket also came to the Indian Subcontinent, and we could safely say, it has been THE game for a good part of the last century. Especially, as India lost its dominance in the world of Hockey (I am not kidding, in fact in the final match of the 1932 'Summer Olympics', India defeated USA 24-1). Cricket is literally a religion in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The Indo-Pak Cricket rivalry is the most intriguing and colourful rivalry. It's also the most intense. The oldest rivalry is for the 'Ashes', Cricket's most celebrated rivalry is that between England and Australia. The two sides contested the very first International Cricket match. So, if you are wondering as to why this series, is called the Ashes, click here.

Barack Obama mentioned a Cricketer called Sachin Tendulkar in a statement in 2013, and he said, "I don't know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play..Not because I love his play, its because I want to know the reason why my country's production goes down by 5 percent when he's in batting." Well Sachin Tendulkar along with another Cricket legend Shane Warne are responsible for the series which will happen in the US later this year. Who is Sachin? Well, he is termed the 'GOD' of Cricket by his fans. He played the game at international level for 25 years, and is one of the greats of the game.

Cricket is something that is crazily followed in a few parts of the world, and it's striving and fighting to grow among the other masses. It's a passion and THE sport for many in South-Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa ... , okay, in some parts of Europe too. One of the major events of Cricket's shortest formats is in India in the summer of 2016, you can give it a visit, if you want, and ask anyone, what the game is all about, you will get an answer. Woah! Did I forget Cricket's former legends are coming to the US, and US is not really short of Indians and Pakistanis to be honest? Ask them, you would know the game by the time a fan will stop his lecture.

Be positive, the US actually has a history of nearly two centuries, so the game can rediscover itself at the place. USA in fact also have a national cricket side, who are associate members of the International Cricket Council. Let's see, if Cricket can do now, in what it failed in the 19th Century.