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Picture of the Week #82

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In the spirit of the ongoing ICC World Cup Cricket 2011 series that is co-hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, here is a picture of children playing a pick-up game of cricket on the popular Ganpatipule beach in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India.  Ganpatipule is famous for its beautiful beach-side temple of Lord Ganesha (also known as Ganpati).

Cricket is not just a sport in India, but it is a religion and cricket heroes are Gods. Interestingly, India’s national sport is Field Hockey and not Cricket. Similarly, Canada’s national sport is Lacrosse and not Ice Hockey.

Here is another picture of village children playing a mid-morning game of cricket. No special equipment is necessary. A tennis ball or a cheap rubber ball, or even a ball made of crumbled paper can be used. Any piece of wood, or even a note book, can make do for a bat. Sticks or stones can be stumps! All you need to have is love for the GAME in you!

What are your predictions for World Cup?  Who’s going to win it this year? India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka? I don’t think anyone else has a chance. No matter who wins, it’s going to be an epic one.

The most-awaited India vs. Pakistan match is coming up next week.

  • To ordinary citizens, this is not just a game, this is like a war between two rivals!
  • To ICC, this is the match that will earn them the most money.
  • To players, it’s just business (match-fixing and lucrative sponsorship and IPL deals are all part of it).
  • To politicians, even this is political.
  • And finally to children, this is JUST A GAME!

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