During the college days, I was a crazy cricket fan. Playing cricket, it was like day in, day out, whenever the time and the elders in the family allowed.
Though playing took backstage with increased academic rigour after the college, the interest remained, with watching cricket, on TV, in stands, discussing it at home and with friends, interspersed with playing cricket occasionally.
Soccer or Football, whatever we say, not going into the technicalities of the nomenclature, was not that much in demand.
Yes, we did play football but it could never replace the craze for cricket, until….until the cricket fixing big started taking centrestage.
But all this while, the FIFA World Cup was a standalone, unique event that even pushed to the background the cricket-run whenever the tournament was on.
The motion, the action, the crowds, all so volatile, all so paced up, like the high-pitched notes of every type of foot-thumping music – it has been so charming, so loving, and so captivating.
And the time is again here. FIFA World Cup begins tomorrow 1:30 AM India time. The host Brazil is to take on Croatia. The opening ceremony is underway (June 12).
Its time for some good moments, some quality TV viewing time..
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