Podcast of the week: Why do we love cricket?
Cricket is a national obsession. Little wonder then, the sport is the most discussed among the youth. But is the enthusiasm and worship still the same?
Sourav Ganguly and John Wright at a training session during India's tour of Pakistan in 2004. PIC/AFP
Cricket is a national obsession. Little wonder then, the sport is the most discussed among the youth. But is the enthusiasm and worship still the same? In this 18-minute podcast, comedians Varun Thakur, Neville Shah, Karan Talwar and Zakir Khan state what the sport meant to them in their childhood and how their perception has changed over time. "How can I be a fan of KL Rahul, who is five years younger to me? We knew Sachin Tendulkar was big because he was elder to us. Today, you tend to feel bad when you see the kids being more successful than you are," chuckles Khan.
Thakur recalls the iconic NatWest series final between India and England in 2002 when the Sourav Ganguly-led team snatched a win from the jaws of defeat. "Our whole family went to watch Devdas after Tendulkar got out. My head got fried watching the film, and when I came back and found out that India had won, I cried," he says. The session has occasional references to former Indian fast bowlers, on-field brawls, and concludes with the rise of Indian cricket under the guidance of Ganguly as skipper and John Wright as coach.
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