But where are you watching it and with whom?
My dad bought a television for us when he caught me hanging on a neighbor’s window where I was trying to watch the good old days of Doordashan entertainment. My dad who is football fanatic also is a die heart supporter of the Indian cricket team. So love for sports was a bit genetic and location based as I grew up in Haldia, Westbengal. Eventhough we had a decent black and white Weston television, we loved to gather in the small club room that was located in the middle of our railway society. We use to gather to enjoy matches and the sentiments would be high as always if it’s India Pakistan match. It was just not cricket; it was the excitement to watch the game with your friends, shouting together when the ball would touch the fences from an Indian bat, swore at our lethargic fielders and obviously debate on leg before wickets. Discussions would start from the room and would trend till next day. A win was important but that win became special when we use to watch it with our community.
After a long time I witnessed the India-Australia thriller with my new community. I saw the game in my office canteen with few peers and admin staff. Believe me the fun to watch the game was still the same. The same shouting, swearing and debating was still there. Why? We love to have more fun when we are with someone or with our community. The love for the game grows when you watch it with your community.
So are you watching the finals err the India Pak semifinal battle alone or are you watching with your community?