Other Games Are Given Step Mother Treatment Compared To Cricket in India


Jaya Kosley

Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur




We are not “cricket-haters”. Neither are we against any sort of privileges being given to cricket. In no way we are trying to malign the game, but we are very against any form of ‘step-motherly’ treatment being given to other games at the cost of cricket. Instead, let’s take inspiration from cricket and allow sports persons from other fields to have the same opportunities, earnings and affections as well.




Cricket! Cricket! Cricket! Has become the religion of India and the national anthem of the country, so much so that the word “sports” has become synonymous with cricket. Cricket runs as the life flowing blood through the veins of the multitude. The madness with which it has gripped the ignoramus masses of our country is evident from their complete capitulation to its god-like worship.


Cricket has sounded a death knell to the growth of other sports. Traditional Indian games like hockey, kabaddi, kushti have been relegated to a bygone era. Even international sports like tennis, badminton and football have not been shown any mercy despite us being so “West-crazy”. We hail cricket as the be all and end all of all sports.


Although we all feel that each sport should be treated equally but how much of it we follow as the citizens of the country. The format of the game is such, that it makes the game all the more exciting and entertaining. The game is easy to understand which makes it quite popular among women, children and youth. 


By giving much importance to cricket we are neglecting a Hockey cup for sure and if we want the other sports to overcome this situation we must give them proper respect and let them have their own space in the society so that they do not come across the situation of "Who are you?".Its all about "live and let Live" and that all what we need, what our players need.


So do not stop playing Gully cricket but also start playing Gully Hockey and Chess as well.



Received on 20.02.2012

Accepted on 23.03.2012

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