Why Cricket Will Always be India’s Favorite Sport

Cricket is one of the most popular sports on the planet, and it also happens to be among the fastest-growing. While football is still the most popular sport in the world, cricket is certainly gaining ground. It also doesn’t hurt that cricket is king in the world’s second- most populous country, India. 

Betting on sports via the internet isn’t illegal in India, and cricket is easily the most popular betting option among local punters. The game’s viability from a betting perspective certainly doesn’t hurt it in terms of popularity and television viewership.

The Indian national cricket team has won a number of international competitions, including the Cricket World Cup in 1983 and 2011, the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. The 2023 Cricket World Cup will also take place entirely on Indian soil for the first time ever. India has hosted parts of the 1987, 1996 and 2011 tournaments, but the entirety of the tournament will be in the country for the first time four years from now. 

Sports like football, basketball and tennis may reign supreme elsewhere, but cricket will always be India’s most popular game. The game’s roots in India date back to the 1860s, and its ever-growing popularity has no end in sight. 

Popular Stars

It doesn’t hurt that India is home to some of the biggest stars in the history of the sport. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble are some of the more well-known cricketers in history, and their prominence on the world stage has helped the game’s popularity domestically. Star cricketers are treated as royalty in India for a reason. In fact, Tendulkar is known commonly as the God of Cricket in his home country.

Youngsters in India look up to these stars when deciding whether to play the game. Figures like Tendulkar have helped cultivate and grow a burgeoning crop of promising young stars within the country, which will keep churning out world-class players as a result. Having a talent pool as large as India’s – which is home to well over a billion people – doesn’t hurt. 

Supporters always want to watch their favorite players perform on the world stage. While India may have come up short in their quest for World Cup glory in 2019, you can bet they’ll be back with a vengeance as host nation in ‘23. Fans love to compare their favorite professional cricketers, which keeps the spirit of the game alive and the conversation flowing.

International Success

As mentioned in the open, India are one of the powerhouses in world cricket. The team’s success in international competitions over the years has obviously helped the sport reach the heights it has in India. Winning the Cricket World Cup twice and taking the first-ever T20 World Cup title in 2007 have broadened the game’s horizons and helped add more and
more fans.

Those that played for teams that have enjoyed international success have become celebrities in India, and they’ll be remembered forever as a result. While India has been dominant in cricket over the years, the same can’t be said for a number of other sports. For example, it’s been quite a while since India were relevant on the world football stage. Since the side’s “golden era” in the 1950s and 1960s, they have enjoyed very little success. India have never played in a football World Cup.

PL’s Emergence

The Indian Premier League is thought by many to be the best domestic cricket league on the planet. The BCCI started the IPL in 2007 following India’s triumph in the inaugural T20 World Cup. The new league has been a massive success in India, and it has subsequently attracted not only the best players in India, but the most talented cricketers from around the world participate, as well.

The league is so popular that some Bollywood stars will refuse to release their films during the season due to fears that audiences won’t be able to step away from cricket. The IPL continues to grow on an annual basis, and it’s by far and away the best T20 league in the world at this point. 

Powerful Board

The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) is the richest and most powerful cricket governing board in the world. The BCCI is so powerful that it even wields influence over the sport’s global governing body, the ICC. 

The BCCI is able to attract world-renowned brands and businesses as sponsors for various events and tournaments that take place in India. Because cricket is so popular within the country, the ICC even moved its headquarters from London to nearby Dubai in 2005. The ICC had been based in London since it formed way back in 1909, so its move was no small
feat. 

Cricket is dominant in India, and there’s no reason to believe that will change any time soon. The continued success

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