Is the buzz around IPL not much this year? Is cricket losing its charm in India? Celebs weigh in on the debates:
The Indian Premier League has kicked off. Eight premier teams are all geared up to take the trophy home. Knowing how much the country loves cricket, many are of the opinion that the buzz isn’t what it usually is. Celebrities weighed in on whether they feel the same and if cricket, which is considered to a religion in India, still holds its place in our hearts. They also talk about their love for the sport, and share favorite memories. Read on:
I’m not fond of cricket but as of now I would say that a lot of people are just at home, they’re not going anywhere, many are working from home, so definitely this time this IPL will definitely provide joy, enthusiasm and entertainment to them. In India, cricket hai toh sab kuch hai. In Jaipur I used to go to Sawai Man Singh Stadium to watch different Cricket matches. I used to get duty on ground wherein the I used to stand outside the boundary to collect balls, so whenever there used to be sixes and fours, it used to be my duty to throw the ball back to the players. I enjoyed doing that.
We’re always excited to watch the matches. Personally I enjoy watching the game live with friends and family. People cheering in the ground for their favourite player or ever time a ball hits the boundary or goes over it is a different kind of an experience. But since last year we are missing out on that kind of fun and are watching the game in the confines of our homes. Yes everything has its own charm and hype and we can still afford to sit at home and watch it on TV, so many of us will enjoy IPL. And the love for cricket went die down so soon in India.
I love playing cricket, even more than watching it. During the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown I re-watched a lot of old and memorable matches. I used to watch cricket matches with my friends live on the grounds. We used to bunk classes and watched cricket videos in the washroom and that was an awesome experience. I am very fond of this sport and I will never leave any chance of playing it at any age. I have played the game at age 6, and at 16, and will continue playing it till I am 66. The love and respect for this sport is never less than any religion in India.
I’m actually not that fond of cricket, but yes I understand cricket because when I was in my teens my father used to watch the sport and we would give him company. Yes, cricket used to be a religion in India, as earlier people used to come together and watch it as if they are celebrating a festival. Nowadays people are busy with their lives; they don’t get much time to watch cricket. But now I think this IPL season will be a big source of entertainment for people stuck at home given this lockdown. So this season of IPL will be a great ray of hope for all of us cooped up at our houses.