Cricket has been the number one game in India from past half a century. However, over the last 15 years or so European and international football has been successful in creating a fan base of its own in India. The primary reason for the whole act is the fact, that International footballers are way better than the Indian footballers who play in the national league.
Another important reason why football might surpass cricket as far as fan patronage is concerned in India is the simple reason that it is perhaps a cooler game among the two.
The Rules are Simple
Football does not demand a keen knowledge of hundreds of rules from anyone who wants to watch a game. Well, perhaps you can say that the offside rule is something similar to the ‘leg before’ dismissal in cricket but other than that the rules in football are really simple. Just watch and enjoy.
A FEW CRICKET TERMS
The reason why T20 cricket is the most popular version of cricket is, because a 5 day Test match or a 9 hour long one day international is simply not everybody’s cup of tea these days. On the other hand, a football game last for 90 minutes which is why it is possible for people to take 2 hours out of their day and watch the game. Doesn’t it make it cooler than cricket? After all, you won’t have to watch a game for 5 days only to see it ending as a stalemate, while on the other hand a drawn football game would not last for anything more than 2 hours.
Football Does Not Have More than One Version
You will not come across a game of football that is played for half an hour or 70 minutes instead of the regular 90 minutes and does not confuse the fans with different versions with their own sets of rules.
Footballers Do Not Need As Much Protective Equipment as a Cricketer or Astronaut!!
Whenever you see a batsman you can’t help but compare him to an astronaut considering the sort of protective gear that he was to wear for self preservation, however the situation is completely different in football. A footballer simply needs a pair of boots and a shin guard to get going.
No Commercial Break Invasion During the Game.
Cricket is practically unwatchable on Indian television. The reason? Well, you never know when you would be cut off because of an advertisement that pops up on the screen, like that at a crucial juncture of the game. On the other hand, football is played across two halves and there is absolutely no scope for any advertising whatsoever.
Football is not only a game for the masses but also a game that is inclusive – which is why over the past few years plenty of female referees have been recruited in some of the top leagues in the world. However you would surely not be seeing a female umpire in a cricket match any time in the near future. There is no doubt whatsoever why football is called a world game.
Cricketers are usually tight lipped about the affairs they have however that is not the case with footballers, who flaunt their girlfriends with pride and in addition to that some of the footballers are often in relationships with some of the most famous women in the world. For instance, Cristiano Ronaldo is currently in a relationship with the hottest model in the world, Irina Shayk, while Spanish defender Gerard Pique has been in a relationship with pop star Shakira for quite a while.
It Is Usually Played On Weekends
International cricket match organisers do not exactly go out of their way to cater to people who might want to watch a game on a Saturday or a Sunday, however the leading football leagues all across the world organise most of their games on either Saturdays or Sundays. So, as long as the fans are concerned, they can enjoy plenty of football matches throughout the weekend across many European leagues. How many global games are this cool?
Irrespective of the odd painted face that you might come across at international stadiums, cricket fans are usually not as crazy as their counterparts in football. This is something which has been noticed during the ongoing Football World Cup in Brazil. Fans wear all sorts of ingenious attire and come up with quirky hairstyles just to support their favourite teams.
Referees Are Fitter Than Umpires
Nowadays most people like to be in their peak physical condition and in that regard the referees in football are fine examples. These men literally run as much as the footballers throughout the duration of the game and keep an eye on the game, which is why they need to be supremely fit. However, the same cannot be said of the umpires in cricket, as most of the umpires come across as pot bellied gentlemen in white jackets.
The Female Fans
And no SUPER HOT international star has ever done this or this with a cricket ball ….
The Wonderful Television Advertising
Whenever you come across a television advertisement featuring a top cricketer, you would get the feeling that the company is just happy that cricketer has shown his face but that is not the case football television commercials. A lot of thought goes into the advertisements done by the football stars and that in itself is an experience for the fans. Have a look at the latest ‘Beats by DRE’ advertisement here, which was released ahead of the World Cup this year and you will understand.
By: Soham Samaddar
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