Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mumbai crowds understand their cricket, Virat!

Virat Kohli is unhappy about how the crowd jeered him in Mumbai, during the Mumbai Indians vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore game. And, he lashed back at them during the post-match presentation and press conference

He wants the crowd to remember that he plays for India too!! And hence, he should not be booed. Since when did representing India become a certificate that will prevent booing? He doesn't understand why is there so much "hatred" at this particular venue. And he feels people should be aware of their cricket. Well, Kohli, you are the vice-captain of the Indian team, and captain of the Royal Challengers' team, but your statements certainly reveal your ignorance of the historic passion the Mumbai crowd has for cricket. This is a crowd that has booed and jeered visiting teams when they play Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy matches. For them, when Mumbai is playing they are passionate and take every win and loss of the team almost personally. So, instead of actually enjoying the fact that city-based leagues like IPL are creating local fans who feel an attachment to their team, Virat wants these fans (and consequently all those others watching the IPL) to be magnanimous and remember that players representing other cities play for India too and hence shouldn't be jeered/booed.

No sir, that isn't what city-based leagues are supposed to do. They are exactly supposed to do what the Ranji Trophy does. Create a loyal base of fans for your team. That is what happens in other leagues like everyone's favourite the EPL. And it is the same with (American and Canadian) football leagues here and ice-hockey matches. Fans root for their city/state/province and if they feel like, boo the opposition. It doesn't matter if there are players in the opposition who represent their country. Right now, you are a rival of our home team! And you will be viewed as one. Doesn't Virat passionately advertise for the Bangalore team? 

Yes Virat, Mumbai cricket fans are a passionate lot and when Mumbai plays, they take it personally. And they will cheer for you, when you appear for team India, but when you play in the IPL, you are a rival. Try to take it sportingly. Perhaps the IPL is successful in creating city-based loyalties, which is necessary even for franchisees if they want a marketable fan-base. Ask your boss (and his son), they would be happy to see a Bangalore crowd which demonstrates fierce loyalty towards its team. Right now, your 'viraat' verbal diarrhea against the Mumbai crowd doesn't give you any brownie points and shows that you do not have it in you to stomach such opposition with a large heart. Perhaps, you might want to learn a few things from your RCB predecessors- Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble.
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  1. It was unfortunate that they called him "cheater"....His decision to not withdraw the appeal was correct. Remember, when Sachin got out to a collision with Sohaib in 1999, the Kolkata crowd booed and threw stones etc at the Pakistanis, and everyone called out that the crowd was wrong because Wasim Akram was not obligated to withdraw his appeal...

    Bangalore crowd supports RCB, but does not boo/ call other captains cheating....Wankhade booed the SriLankas in the 2011 World Cup Finals....The mumbai crowd needs some teaching....

    1. Shut up kaushik.... u too do not have any cricket knowledge...Go son and watch the EPL..ooh i'll spell it for u...its ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE....u will get all answer why opposition are booeddd

  2. No, the Mumbai crowd has a history of being passionate and personal. That's why we need to read the history of Mumbai cricket. The Quadrangulars saw the likes of Col. C. K. Nayudu, Vinoo Mankad, etc. being jeered if the represented an opposition!! But, when they turned out for India, the same (then) Bombay crowd cheered wholeheartedly for them. Point is, crowd will always make their opinion as vocal as possible. Of course, Kolkata like throwing incidents should not occur at all!

    The Mumbai crowd may well do with a few lessons on how to behave. But then, it is the crowd which partly characterises the venue, why have similar behaving crowds all over? But, Kohli shouldn't have bad-mouthed the spectators. After all, he has more to lose than the crowd for improper behaviour.

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