We Indians are united mainly in the love for two things, one being Bollywood, and the other one, which can manage to surpass all religions and stimulate a connection so strong that we forget all topics and let go off all our worries to only focus on one thing and one thing only-Cricket!
Of all the positives that the British left behind in India, their greatest gift to us has to be the sport of cricket! It has become so thoroughly annealed into our lives that all kids born in India grow up playing cricket in the streets by their homes, and continue to grow up if not playing then dedicatedly and passionately following the game onscreen! And though there are people who play the sport only in their childhood memories, we often see that child jump out in the form of a loving uncle or aunt, or an instructor in the skin of a parent, guiding the new generation along the paths of this sport, towards the 22 yard pitch in the centre of the green mowed lawn!
Cricket has proven to unite us all, time and again, especially when the then Indian cricket team captain, the renowned M.S.Dhoni lead us all to the victory in the World Cup Championship of 2011! And despite all the rumours surrounding the controversies popping about BCCI, and the other parties, we continue to religiously show all our love and affection to the reigning cricketers that make us proud time and again.
Cricket surely proves to be a passion for most of us, and it is not difficult to find people with this common interest. However, it is high time that we stop indulging in this sport from behind the screens and begin to make it an active part of our lives. All those who happily rejoice the memory of them playing this game-of batting sixes and bowling out their friends; it is best not to waste any more time thinking of the days of the past and instead make some new memories to rejoice and celebrate the present!
After all, cricket which provides an entire country and the world with a reason to be so full of rigour, passion and enthusiasm can definitely rewire our dull days and liven up our entire lives! All we need to do is pick up a bat and get ready to face the ball zooming towards us- making us happier and healthier in mind, body and soul.
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Team India has won 2 World Cup matches in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev and 2011 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. It has won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, under the captaincy of Dhoni. It was also the joint champions of 2002 ICC Champions Trophy under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, along with Sri Lanka.