Shabby cricket field in India
India's Cricket Obsession
By Preston Price
India is obsessed with cricket.
This makes so much sense knowing that India is a former British colony
and every country that has a national cricket team was colonized by
Britain. However, Britain is also responsible for spreading the
game of football, or soccer. This makes me wonder two
things. One being why I did not witness anyone playing soccer in
India, whether it be an organized game or a just a couple people
kicking a ball around in the streets. The second is that I was
quite surprised with the cricket’s popularity in India. Instead
of seeing soccer on T.V. like I have in all the previous countries, the
T.V's in bars and restaurants were always playing cricket.
However, I did not have the opportunity to go to a cricket match.
In the Global Issues book,
Franklin Foer’s article titled “Soccer vs.
McWorld,” reveals information about globalization's limits rather than
its possibilities. Foer uses the global game of soccer to explain
globalization's limits. One point that he makes is that reputable
teams and athletic organizations are historically well-grounded in
economic support, thus are financially stable. This in turn,
leads to more financial support which enables teams to acquire better
players and increases their likeliness of success. Success only
brings about a more prominent fan base that establishes investment
continuity and financial stability.
Based on Foer's discussion, my assumption with the
issue of soccer vs. cricket in India is that cricket may have had more
financial and economic investment early on than that of soccer.
In response to this, cricket organizations would have become
financially stable in terms of investment and well grounded in the
Indian economy and culture. This obviously adds to the fan
support, which continues the cycle of investing in these organizations
and maintaining cricket's prominence as sport. Although soccer
did catch on and is recognized and played to a minor extent in India,
it may not have had the initial financial investment that would be
needed to establish the solidity and popularity of the sport in
comparison to that of cricket. Besides, the increased attention
that cricket receives might have and may continue to dilute the
popularity of soccer resulting in it taking a backseat to cricket.