The 1970s and 1980s saw the rise of Indian cricket. Despite struggling for most of the last 50 years, Indian cricket made a huge comeback during the last 20 years as rising talent and increasing goals came together.
During this time, cricket went from being a very popular sport to becoming India’s love. For many Indians, cricket is like a huge chapter in their lives. Indians love their cricket and talk about it nonstop.
Cricket is a popular sport due to its emotional journey on the field. It’s a tale of wins, setbacks, and hope. Cricket has a special ability to unite people’s hearts and spirits.
How did Indians fall in love with a British game of Cricket?
India was first exposed to cricket by the British in the 1700s. It became popular among the locals quite fast. Everyone from young to old started playing and watching cricket. The East India Company attempted to handle the Kolis in cricket, as they were sea pirates and criminals who looted British ships. As a result, the Kolis of Gujarat took up the game.
The first Indian cricket club, the Oriental Cricket Club, was found in 1848 by the Parsi community in Bombay. The British finally asked the Parsis to play a match in 1877, after a slow start. By 1912, the Parsis, Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims of Bombay took part each year in a four-team league against the Europeans.
A few Indians went on to play cricket for England in the early 1900s. Some of these, like Ranjitsinhji and Duleepsinhji, were highly valued by the British. So their names later come up for two vital first-class tournaments in India, the Ranji Trophy and the Duleep Trophy.
Bhupinder Singh of Patiala led an Indian men’s cricket team on its first formal tour of the British Isles in 1911. But the team only played English county teams, not the England cricket team.
The success of this game can be put to its high level of curiosity and the fact that it doesn’t require expensive equipment to play. All you need is a ball, some bamboo or bricks for the wickets, and some wood to use as a bat.
This is a game that even villagers may play and enjoy. Also, anyone can play this game in any weather condition and rapidly pick it up. It has grown in popularity among Indians as a result.
Cricket serves as a symbol of hope and inspiration
India uses cricket as a platform to show its might and ability on the global scene. There is great value in playing traditional rivals like Pakistan. Success in these types of matches can be put as achievements in cricket as well as being a source of pride for the country.
A big part of cricket’s promotion has come from the media. A wide group may now access cricket thanks to TV broadcasts, live streams, and big coverage in newspapers and online media.
Many young Indians now consider cricket to be their dream sport due to the popularity of the game and the achievements of Indian cricket players. Young players dream of being the next Virat Kohli or Sachin Tendulkar as they grow up.
A big interaction of historical, cultural, economic, and emotional things has led to India’s love of cricket. It is a part of the spirit of the country, not just a sport.
In the most populous country in the world, cricket is more than simply a game in India. It’s a way of life, a source of happiness, and a symbol of unity.
India’s Strong Domestic Cricket Structure
Credit for the huge change in Indian cricket over the last ten years belongs to Indian Domestic Cricket, which has seen big increases in player talent, infra, financial strength, and global clout. Recent examples of this trend include India sending two separate teams to series against England and Sri Lanka.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is also the richest cricket board in the world due mainly to the Indian Premier League (IPL). But also to other local events, is a tribute to the might of this cricket behemoth.
The Ranji Trophy, which was established in 1935, is the most popular domestic cricket competition in India. It is an annual event. Many teams and regions are playing in this red ball competition in India. It bears the name of Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji II, the first Indian cricket player to represent his country globally.
Incredibly, the BCCI hosts 1846 games between June 2023 and March 2024. The BCCI hosts all the tournaments domestically. It also makes sure all state boards take part in these events. In addition, there is a red-ball cricket zonal competition known as the Duleep Trophy.