It is a country’s pride to be closely associated with a sport because it means that they are the best in it. That is the relationship between cricket and India. There is no doubt in the world that no other country loves cricket more and that is the pride of the Men in Blue—India’s national cricket team. The squad proves this point time and again at international tournaments.
If one has to ask ‘Why does India love cricket so much?’ then you will be faced with many answers. Some individuals can hold just one of these reasons while others can have all. The truth remains that Indians have unparalleled devotion to cricket because of the following reasons:
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Availability of Gaming sites and convenient payment methods
The first reason is trivial and easy to observe. It is a fact that cricket is always featured on sports betting websites. The sport’s dynamic nature makes it a great choice for betting, with numerous markets in every over of each match.
Not to mention that the availability of diverse payment methods in India adds to the appeal of placing wagers on the sport. Some make quick bank transfers while others allow betting with your crypto on cricket. Such convenient means of payment and chance to win cash draw strong attention from most Indians.
IPL teams are unmatched worldwide
The Indian Premier League (IPL) stands as the pinnacle in the cricketing world. It features formidable teams and clubs like the Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Titans, and Mumbai Indians. There is also Lucknow Super Giants which just debuted in 2022 and they are already strong contenders.
Major cricket leagues of other countries pale in comparison to the IPL. There are strong rivals like the Big Bash League (Australia) and the NatWest T20 Blast League (England and Wales). However, IPL has a bigger number of viewers and a higher budget per club. That is the secret to how the Indian national team cemented their reputation as a cricket powerhouse.
The Indian national team is among the best in the sport
The Indian national team has won 5 major tournaments organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport’s governing body:
- ICC Cricket World Cup (1983 and 2011)
- ICC T20 World Cup (2007)
- ICC Champions Trophy (2002 and 2013)
They’ve also consistently placed in the top half of each of the tournaments above. The Men in Blue have great success in the One Day International (ODI) format followed by Test. T20 is popular in domestic cricket but they have only won it once in 2007. Nevertheless, they still manage to remain one of the top contenders of every season across all three formats.
Strong sense of rivalry with Pakistan and Australia
India and Pakistan don’t see eye-to-eye in many aspects of life and politics. However, both sides have a mutual love for cricket. So much so that both sides accept diplomatic relations when each side hosts the other. This is one of the best ways both sides can exercise their rivalry without resulting in more violent conflicts.
Meanwhile, India’s rivalry with Australia is purely professional. Both sides’ national teams are considered the best in the industry so their head-to-head matches catch the attention of the whole world. It brings Indians a great sense of pride to be placed at the same level as the Australian national team and this resonates greatly with the public viewers.
Cricket isn’t exclusive to fans passionate about the sport. Every household in the country has a television, radio, or mobile device tuned in to a cricket match, be it live or a replay. Sports channel features the latest domestic and international matches that become entertainment for the average household.
As stated before, cricket is also always available at sports betting sites especially when smartphones became widely available for the public. Betting with your crypto on cricket is also made easy with mobile wallets and bookmaker apps. It’s no surprise that such an industry will catch on in India where cricket has a big market.