Why only cricket?


Cricket’s dominance in India is undeniable both culturally and financially. Its popularity has indeed overshadowed other sports to some extent. This is largely due to historical success, extensive media coverage and lucrative sponsorship (women’s cricket is an aberration in my opinion). As a result, resources, attention and infrastructure tend to gravitate towards cricket, leaving other sports at a disadvantage.

However, it is essential to recognize the efforts to promote other sports, such as increased funding, grassroots initiatives and the rise of alternative leagues like the Indian Super League of Football. While cricket’s prominence may pose challenges for other sports, it also serves as a testament to the power of sport in India whose passion and enthusiasm drive participation and support.

Balancing cricket’s influence with the development of other sports remains a crucial endeavour for India’s sporting landscape to thrive holistically.

Yours etc,
AK Das,

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