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Turn the sports page of any newspaper in India, you find at least one story where some Tom, Harry or Dick talks about ‘why’, ‘when’ and ‘why not’ Sachin Tendulkar retires. Lost one match, Facebook is flooded with caricatures, funny titbits and even highly intellectual comments on cricket, again clasp in with ‘why’ and ‘why not’.
Cricket in India is a truly trans-national phenomenon, which has even infiltrated deep into the culture of the society. Cricket is religion at home, and figuratively flexed muscles in the global arena. From the eyes of a foreigner, Bollywood and cricket, these two phenomenal elements in Indian panorama have emerged like omnipresent curry that’s pictured as a genuine flavour of India the world over.
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Truth is, we love to discuss cricket in any circumstance. And we like to play cricket even with diminutive mechanisms. Strangely all discussion on India cricket is stressed on a few stars who at times are garlanded with flowers, and another time with sandals. Public memory is indeed short! And who want to miss the celebration with fireworks, live music and glamour rich parties.
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Cricket debate is colossal, ranging from the sensible to the sensational, eternal in Indian homes, roads, and shops anywhere. Everyone is fan; from chaprasi to chairman; from corporate honchos to IT labor workers, the devotion is unbelievable. And the Vishnu of Cricket is Sachin Tendulkar. If he sneezes, half of the nation catches cold; if he hurts, it becomes national crisis. Even, with his God like features, he didn’t have to wrestle much to get elected as a Member of Rajya Sabha of Indian parliament. Still he is playing, and we are watching.
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Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean Mr. Tendulkar steals all the attention; there are a few stars left who are in public eyes for their hairstyles, receding hairlines and advertising antics. A cricket fan is always a cricket fan; he doesn’t bother about politics, economy or any other affair of nation. Cricket is shining!