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In today’s world the way “cricket” is being preached by people of all age groups has the made hockeya so called national game”…. What is the reason behind this??? Does anyone of us analyze what’s the problem and where is the problem…? Let’s see in this article why cricket is famous and most dominant than hockey and what can be done to make hockey a real national game. I would also like to mention that this article is to share my views and not to oppose or blame anyone regarding today’s situation….

HOW CRICKET BECAME FAMOUS????

                                We have lot of points to discuss as why is cricket famous….. Today a 3 year old boy/girl cannot be without knowing our great Indian master blaster Sachin tendulkar…. I can bet that even a 50 year old man/woman will not know the player’s who represent INDIA in hockey( not all….. people who know please apologize)… In depth if we analyze the root cause for this as all know it’s a bat-ball game and according to me cricket is a “layman game” i.e. it’s very easy to understand…..   Consider a layman, who doesn’t have any basic knowledge about sports (not about cricket in particular), it just takes half n hour to explain the rules and regulations of cricket…. It doesn’t have any technical terms… as all of us know the commonly used words are four, six, leg before wicket (slightly technical!!!!) and bowled. That’s it… this is cricket!!!! But hockey is not an easy game to play it needs some basic knowledge and a lot of practice. Let me list out some basic terms of hockey 16 yard hit, advancing bully, centre pass, clearing, marking,etc….. Seems to be tough from the words being used……

                   Even though the terms in hockey seem to be difficult this is not the only hurdle. The next big reason for cricket to be famous is the “Media and Entertainment”. From my point of view there are lots of sponsorships who initiate for cricket rather than hockey. Apart from playing we also see our cricket players in many advertisements, stage shows etc….. But have anyone seen a hockey player acting in an advertisement …. To be more precise have anyone seen a single player’s face who play hockey for India???? The answer from most of our people would be “NO”. I would also like to quote an example here there was a programme which was recently held “A TRIBUTE TO SACHIN TENDULKAR” where not only cricket players but many actors and actresses where also a part of it…. But have anyone seen or are there any media channels who have initiated themselves for paying tribute to any of our national game players??? Even hockey players do achieve and they also play for our nation INDIA??? I would like to share an incident which happened a few months before……

                                 It was CRICKET WORLD CUP FEVER 2011 everywhere!!!!!! At that point of time I was so bored in house that I decided to go out somewhere… So as usual I called up my friends and we decided to go for a mall (window-shopping!!!!)… We all started by 4pm in the evening and when we reached there at the entrance there was a very big white screen…  I was really shocked to see that and near by the screen I saw a small and cute elephant statue dressed up like a cricket player and carrying bat with both the hands… The most outstanding idea was that the bat was not an ordinary one!!!! The bat had a red color LED display with countdown running in it. The countdown displayed the number of months, hours and seconds running!!!! I was really amazed by the efforts taken and of course the cost involved behind it. The big white screen erected was to give a live telecast through a projector of all the matches to be played in WORLD CUP’11.

                               When the media is ready to bare all the costs involved for this game why not our national game????? This is a million dollar question which is yet to be answered!!!!! Like wise each one of us must have come across many incidents like this but has anyone thought as where is our national game???

                 Apart from all this the recent innovation in cricket which has made the whole world to turn is INDIAN PREMIERE LEAGUE which was started four years ago… It’s a new system of auctioning the players and some millionaires who have no idea of where to spend their money come up to buy the player’s… The time they buy the player’s the next step is to organize them as a Team and give a new name for it…. The time the millionaire buy’s he/she becomes the King / Queen and the players they buy will be their slaves for the next one month…. MONEY MONEY MONEY EVERYWHERE!!!!!

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

                                                After reading the all the reason’s for cricket to be famous its high time that something has to be done torescue our National Game which if failed may disappear or lose its significance in future. There has to be some change made in the way Hockey being spread among public. As the whole world relies on Media and Entertainment to know about the day to day happenings it’s their duty to make our national game reach the whole world. Not only the media, being citizens of India even we can take some kind of survey about this and voice out our ideas through media channels. These are certain steps through which we can make our Indian hockey players to feel encouraged and committed. Being a National Game if India wins even a single match it has to be celebrated. Like IPL in cricket there can be some kind of IHL (Indian Hockey League) organized and planned accordingly.

CONCLUSION:

                                Cricket or Hockey without any kind of dedication and proper practice nothing can be achieved. I have compared cricket with our national game but compared to all the games Cricket has become the most FAMOUS AND DOMINANT game. Any kind of sport when a player plays for the Home country he/she should be proud of it and should have that spirit and sportsmanship within them. They all should work together as a team for making our country proud and not for the sake of making money. So I conclude that being a citizen of India lets make this “So called National Game – HOCKEY” to a real “NATIONAL GAME” Jai Hind……

                                                                                                      – BY MANOJ KUMAR.G

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