Sports have always been an integral part of society since ages. Their contribution in the overall personality development is immense. There are 8000+ sports in the world but very few got popularity in India over the time. Some of them are originated in India while some came because of the influence from other countries. One of the most popular game in India is Cricket, which is not only the sport but literally religion for the people in India. The sports and culture relation in India is very puzzled. They don’t often play National Game with that sprit comparatively which they play cricket.
Sports Culture in India : Why Cricket is so Popular in India ?
The origin of cricket is in England. As you know they ruled over India for almost few centuries by this time the cricket got popular in England. They transferred the interest to Indians that’s why this sport is related to Indian culture more than any other sports. Here are some more reasons why cricket is so popular in India.
#1. Three World cup Trophies :- India won the Cricket World Cup title three times. In 1983 and 2011 it was ODI trophy and in 2007 it was T20 trophy. Which is one of the biggest reason why Indians love this sport that much.
#2. T20s and IPL :- The twenty-twenty is the shortest format of cricket and it is more entertaining than any other format. The basis for this was laid down by BCCI. The regulatory body started the home league of that in 2007 and named it Indian Premier league. The people from every region started supporting their teams and it is getting even more popular as time passes.
#3. Players :- Some player are also responsable for the popularity of this game. It started with Sunil Gawaskar, when he start scoring. It became headlines and when people saw that they start supporting the team. After him it was Kapil Dev who did the same thing for the team. The third player who continued this streak was Sachin Tendulkar also known as Master Blaster. In fact, he took this game to complete another level and became the God for those who belives that their religion is Cricket. Sports culture in India is largely dominated by cricket.
In this way cricket became popular in India and changed the sporting culture of India. But now it is that famous that every other sports are getting covered under its shadow. In other words it posses threat to other games. Though now there is some care about that, and the governing bodies of each sports take some steps for rise of it. Here are some sports and culture things whose rising steps might have bright future in India here are few of them
This sport is originated in India and currently played by 12 nations. The International Kabbadi Fedration organised three World Cups and India have won all of them but still this game could’t get that kind of headline which it deserves. For promoting this sport in India, Indian Kabbadi fedration started Pro Kabbadi League in 2012 which was not that much successful in its first two seasons. But from third season this sport started getting some audiance and in its last season 1.6 billion people watched it. The final of Pro Kabbadi League 5 became the first most watched non-cricketing game in India.
Hockey is our national game but never got the treatment like one. Whenever there is talk of sports culture it must come first. Before cricket it was most popular game in India, but after rise of cricket it went under its shadow. In 2014 Asian games the team won the gold medal. In 2016 and 2018, Indian team managed to go to finals of Champions trophy and the team also won the Asia Cup in 2017 but even then this sport didn’t get that attention which it deserved.
Badminton is also getting popular among people of India. After some players like Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and Srikant Kidambi started winning titles on International level, the number of people being on it soar. Started in 2013, Premier Badmintion league also helped badminton to get its step in heart of Indians. It also claims the second position among Indian sports after cricket.
This sport also gained popularity after starting of Pro- Wrestling league in 2015. Before that some wrestlers like Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt holded Indian flag high of India at International level. After Sakshi Malik won the bronze for India in Rio Olympics it is also getting popular among women.
There are many sports like Football Table Tennis etc. which are growing fastly in India by the help of their league. Indian Super league of football and newly started Ultimate Table Tennis of football is making their mark among Indians.
Finally, we can say we seriously need to support other sports culture in India, changes should be brought which can be future of India. We will also have to change the sports and culture bonding of India.
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