Yes, when I see people playing cricket, it makes me imagine about the popularity of this sport. When I say that, I always think that although this sport is not the national sport in our country, it refrains Hockey (which is our national sport) from being one!
The cricket fever would leave any onlooker amazed with a bunch of boys playing cricket with a bat (or a poorer version of it) with a ball and sometimes using bricks, walls, or wooden sticks as wickets. Starting from Jammu and Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Gujarat to the seven sisters in the East, this sport is the most favoured in whole country.
Today, cricket in India plays the role of adhesive in its own contradictions. So, I would say, looking at young enthusiastic boys playing it on two cricket hotspots wasn’t very unusual for me. These two hotspots were Azad Maidan and Oval Maidan where the young cricket enthusiasts practise and harness themselves to compete against millions and dream to be a part of Indian cricket team.
As I was clicking pictures on Azad Maidan, I immediately got aware of the situation that how important this sport is in our country when I saw many visitors looking the players competing each other and trying to find their own “Sachin Tendulkar” who might be present out there! Who knows?
An encouraging sign that despite lifestyles in Mumbai getting hectic by the day, youngsters are still glued on to the sport.