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Aug 07, 2014 at 09:15

15 Reasons Why Cricket Is A Religion In India

by Adarsh Vinay

In India, Cricket isn't just a game. It is a bona fide religion. A religion where cricketers are Gods and every victory is a festival. So why exactly is India so crazy about cricket? Why exactly is it a religion? Here's why;

1. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

In a nation of 1.3 billion people with 1.3 billion problems, he is a source of pride and joy to us all.

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2. It gives us heroes to look up to

Who doesn't like watching MS Dhoni save the day in the final over?

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3. It gives us reasons to celebrate

Indians just need an excuse to celebrate. Remember the epic party that followed after we won the 2011 World Cup?

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4. Cricket unites us

Hindu? Muslim? Sikh? Christian? When it comes to Cricket we are all Indians!

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5. It's the perfect excuse to take "chutti"

When cricket is on, your boss knows why you are suddenly 'unwell.' In fact, even your boss will be 'unwell.'

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6. Anybody can play

Tall, short, fat, thin, slow, fast… anyone can be good at cricket.

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7. Social status does not matter

Cricket is India's great leveller. Rich or poor, only talent talks on the cricket field.

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8. And neither does age

Men versus kids is not like David vs Goliath. Because f you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

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9. Or gender

Why should boys have all the fun?

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10. Because everybody knows the rules

No offside, no double fault and no albatross. Everyone knows a sixer, full toss and leg side!

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11. And "nobody gonna get a hurt real bad."

Unless you bowl like Shoaib Akhtar, you won't wake up with severe body ache the next morning.

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12. There is a format for everyone

Test cricket, ODI, T-20, Gulli cricket, French Cricket, One Tip One Hand, Hand cricket, Book Cricket... There is something for everyone!

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13. It has the one thing that every Indian loves. Drama

Soap operas are so yesterday. Who wants to watch boring Saas Bahu serials when you have I.P.L?

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14. Even the commercial breaks aren't too bad

Ads after every over give you time for a loo break or a sandwich break. Or to bicker with your friends about the match.

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15. That feeling when India beats Pakistan...

There is no feeling an Indian cricket fan cherishes more than handing a solid thrashing to our perennial rivals, Pakistan.

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In India, we eat cricket, sleep cricket and live cricket.

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