Is cricket an overrated sport in India?

is cricket an overrated sport in India

Cricket is an all-pervading element in the Indian subcontinent.  Without mentioning cricket, the story of India would be incomplete. It is not just a sport in India, but a part of our culture and tradition. But, the question often arises, has it overshadowed other sports and sportspersons? Is cricket an overrated sport in India?

Very recently, Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian football team had to request Indians to come to watch their match against Kenya. Apparently, the stands weren’t getting the audience they had expected. Indian Women Kabaddi team, which won the Worlld Cup had to go back to their homes in autorickshaws from the airport.  While the Indian Cricket team members are treated no less than Bollywood celebrities.

This brings us to the answer to our previously stated question. Yes, Cricket IS an overrated sport in India. The reasons for this are multiple and need to be looked at differently. The factors are discussed below:

  • Management: BCCI is a key factor in creating such a persona of cricket in our country. They have invested heavily to promote the game to its current standards of popularity.
  • Public: The public outlook of cricket is also very positive. A very general example of this would be how sportspersons in India are encouraged to take up cricket instead of the sport of their choice. Cricket has much better job prospects in India as compared to any sport. IPL and World-Cup seasons in India are treated as festivals.
  • Media: Indian media has also been obsessed with the game. News channels and Newspapers allot more coverage to cricket than any other sport. Due to better viewership and fanbase of cricket, the media tends to focus more on them.
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But, things seem to be improving for other sports recently. With Indian athletes and sportspersons achieving great feats in international tournaments, several obscure sports have come into the Limelight. Mary Kom, who won a Bronze in Olympics 2012 and several World Championships, has become an inspiration for the youth of India. Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are paving the way for badminton players of the country.  Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, and Bajrang Punia have brought new energy to Indian wrestling. Bhaichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri have worked tirelessly, sacrificing even their international careers just to improve Indian football. Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, and Jitu Rai have contributed tremendously to shooting.

Conclusion :-

In light of the information above, it can be deduced that: yes, cricket is an overrated sport in India, but things seem to have taken a turn for the better. Other sports have been taking significant strides towards greatness and soon India will witness the results of their hard work.

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  1. Cricket is the most popular sport India.especially among the youth. The popularity of the game is mainly due to a some factors…..first, the equipments required in the game is pretty less….secondly it can be played anywhere some finds place…..thirdly when present is groups the most challenging game stands to be cricket….fourthly India has achieved alot in cricket, which is more than any other sport in India. The players have won the hearts of the millions by winning world cup,champion trophies and numerous series. This has resulted in increase in talented players all over the country. Austraslian Cricketer Marcus Stoinis said that India has more capable and talented players than me in their bench. All over the world Indian players are popular. Best bowlers of the world face challenge in bowling our batsmen and talented batsmen all 0ver the world fear our bowlers. The country has achieved a lot in recent decade or so. This cannot be called to be over rated. If other sports cannot gain popularity that is because of lack of talent and not because cricket is overrated. Funding is provided to all sports. But corruption and chain of departments eat up all. As BCCI is an independent body, there is no issue of money in this sport.

  2. The way Cricket is being played in India, in every village and city, in streets and empty sites, during day and night, I could say it is no longer just a sport, but has become a kind of obsession with people at large.

    What is regrettable however, is that cricket now-a-days is shadowed by unhealthy competition, match fixing scandals, and corruption in the high places. The media, especially the TV channels, newspapers and advertising, feed on this “frenzy.”

    With the introduction of IPL or Indian Premier League, cricketers are being bid for skyrocketing sums of money by millionaires, businessmen and cine stars who launch teams of their own to play against others. It has opened doors to easy money, and instantaneous fame for the players and their sponsors. Hence, young people feel that they should play only cricket to make money. Doubtless, cricket is overrated in India.

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