Do you hate cricket? Here are 9 problems you will always understand
Cricket is the most popular sport in India. India are the three-time world champions across formats, having won the ODI World Cup twice and the T20 World Cup once. The Indian version of T20 cricket, Indian Premier League, is the most popular T20 league in the world.
Cricket is considered a religion in India, as fans treat the game and its players with the utmost respect, while some even prioritise it over any other work. Nonetheless, not every Indian is the same, as many merely know nothing about the sport.
Consequently, one who hates cricket faces many problems in society. From an outcast to being dumb, non-cricketing persons are jokingly termed as a disgrace. On the same note, we take a look at nine such problems faced by them, and only cricket haters would understand.
Who is this cricketer? The player who is among the rising stars, might not have gained enough attention so far. No matter how promising he is, it is not until sometime he comes into the limelight of the public and media. Consequently, for a person who does not watch the sport at all, it would be difficult for him/her to recognise, as he/she only remembers a handful of ones, who are already famous and established.
There is no pressure at work: For die-hard cricket fans, who have a big match to watch on a particular day, have a tiring day at the job. They struggle to get the work done on time, as they find ways to divide their time and attention to their work and the ongoing match. Nonetheless, for the person who is not interested in cricket, it's just like any other day at the office.
Hate IPL: As if international cricket is not intense enough, the arrival of Indian Premier League (IPL) has made T20 cricket even more competitive. For cricket haters, it is a maddening season, as friends and colleagues are rivalling against each other for the supremacy of their favourite team, which is not the case in international cricket. Some even blame the IPL for dividing the nation. What!
Hate for rich Indian cricketers: Although one might admire a particular Indian cricketer, despite not being a fan of the sport, their richness is what envies them. Also, they blame the Indian government for prioritising cricket and its players too much, while the other sportspersons are heavily ignored, especially on the monetary front. Well, we somewhat agree.
Dating people who hate cricket: Naturally, when it comes to dating, people look for the similarities. For a person who hates the sport would like to date someone who does the same. Sometimes it goes so far that they refer to each other as Best Friends Forever (BFF), for their hate for cricket. Excuse me!
What happened to India's national sport? It is a genuine concern for non-cricketing fans in the country. Although cricket might be the most popular sport, it is not our national game, unlike hockey or kabaddi. The one's who hate cricket share this genuine concern, which even cricket lovers would somewhat agree to.
Watch cricket in movies, not real life: Some of the fans are so insane that despite hating the sport, they would watch a Bollywood movie of the same genre. Be it Lagaan, Iqbal, or any other cricket movie; haters always give top ratings to the film. When asked why, the answer is, 'I watched it for something else, not cricket.' Eh!
Always cricket first: One of the frustrating problems every cricket hater faces is being left alone during match days. Even if they have something important to discuss, people do not entertain them, especially when the match is on. Dear haters, you have yourselves to blame for that. Bwahaha!
Do we have a temple for cricketers? The latest problem being faced is the rise of two so-called gods of the sport, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni. While people continue to refer to them as a god, for haters, they like to give it back by saying, 'Why not have a temple for them?' Well, this is epic, but not funny at all.