The audience applauded every shot that the Indians played (in the movie) and every wicket that the Indian side lost saddened them. Sitting in a packed theatre amidst the crowd, which was completely involved in a match in the movie made me realise the patriotism of Indians and their love for the game.
It is like cricket runs in the Indian blood. If not all, a vast majority of the Indians have a good knowledge of cricket and are crazy about it.
Come cricket season, we find people standing outside television stores to watch matches on display TVs and that actually shows the involvement of every common man in Indian cricket.
No matter how many times India loses in the finals of a One-day International series, no matter how many times Indians lose a winning match, no matter how many times the India team fails on a foreign soil, in fact no matter how badly the Indian players perform, the faithful Indian audiences watch each and every match till the last ball, hoping for a miracle and hoping that their players will make the whole country proud.
But, most of the times they are disappointed. Even after the match-fixing controversies, which threatened Indian cricket, the people of India still have some hope left in their hearts that their players would give them a reason to smile.
With the India-England One-day series coming up it is sure that again there would be huge crowds outside the television stores and lots of people glued to their TV sets and transistors till the last ball of each and every match. I am sure every Indian heart would skip a beat whenever India loses a wicket and every face would smile with every run scored.
One now hopes that the Indian team will come good and live up to the expectations. One hopes the cricketers keep the Indian aspirations alive before the fans give up on Indian cricket. One hopes the Indian cricketers will start the New Year with a bang and keep it going till World Cup 2003. Wishing the Indian team a 'Happy New Year' and 'All the Best'.