Cricket is embedded in every Indian's blood, okay maybe not *every* but most Indians. We grew up listening to the names "Sachin Tendulkar" and "Kapil Dev", we were all aware that there is nothing more important in life than winning an India v. Pakistan match. We wait for the crackers to light up our streets as soon as India wins a crucial match. After all, cricket becomes a part of our lives and we learn to organize our life around cricket matches.
God knows how many times we have lied to our bosses and friends that we can't come to work today just because we didn't want to miss a cricket match. The joy of sitting on your couch, stuffing your face with popcorn is something only a cricket fan can understand.
It doesn't matter if you have your board exams the next day or an important test, cricket is not to be given up for such materialistic pursuits. Life is short and cricket is love.
For you, Virat Kohli is not an International cricket player but your "Dilli Wallo Da Yaar" (as Virat would say himself) and Anushka Sharma is your bhabhi, who you see more often in the cricket matches than movies.
We all love it when Virat takes out his "Delhi-ness" on the field and every time he gets angry, you do too. The anger is a generational thing and old people will never understand it.
Truth is, Sachin hardly ever got out early in matches but whenever he did everyone's heartbeat stopped and an eerie silence filled the stadium. You never want to relive those moments.
The next world cup is starting in May 2019, which is next year. I hope you have your jerseys ready and get ready to call in sick at work.
When you are told to sit and study for one hour, you give up in 5 minutes but watching a cricket match for eight hours is like taking a walk in the park, cricket never gets tiring (unless you are playing it of course).
You on normal days: "Do you really believe in superstitions? That's so lame."
You on cricket match days: "Don't move the remote or Dhoni will get out."
Hypocrisy is your companion and superstitions are here to stay.
You have watched the funniest, the most serious, the most emotional moments a million times on your phone and your youtube history includes a string of random cricket videos.
You are tired of seeing yesteryears batsmen and bowlers return to the game where there is clearly no space for them. After all, let the young players do their thing.
Your past time goes in checking out the latest updates on the various social media accounts (especially Instagram) of various players. Your day starts with their life updates.
"Ishant Sharma is responsible for all the three highest scores made by a batsman against India in the 21st century." "MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina have never scored an ODI ton outside Asia."
The moment when the ball goes up in the air and you know the fielder is going to catch it and nobody can help them, not even god. Your mouth opens and a fountain of abuses come flowing out.
Cricket is not just a game, it is an emotion.
From, Kapil Dev holding the world cup trophy to Virat performing the Gangnam style. Cricket has given us endless memories to hold on to and I am proud to say that I am a one of the biggest fanatic of Cricket.
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