Cricket is widely popular around the world and with people participating in the online fantasy cricket games, its popularity has boosted up. However, is cricket as popular as football?
If we go by the statistics football has more audience than cricket, football has more foreign visitors than cricket. Ticket price for the Football World Cup is higher than the Cricket World Cup. Revenue generated at football is more than cricket, television audience is more and the geographical spread is wider.
With all the statistics, fantasy football is surely weighing more than cricket. Yet, we Indians and millions and millions of cricket fans from around the world cannot live without cricket. We can find many homes where cricket and football are equally loved and is popular amongst the members. They even play both fantasy cricket and fantasy football league at 11wickets App with equal enthusiasm.
Let’s find out some reasons for football’s more popular than cricket. Read on:
England is the birthplace of cricket and hence cricket is only played by a few countries, most of them which were colonized by the British. The British play a major role in introducing cricket to the world. Football on the other hand, has many nations participating and plus leagues such as Spanish Fantasy Premier League make it even more popular and the fan following is rising day by day. Also, the superpower countries like USA don`t play cricket and have their own replacement sport called Baseball.
Cricket is supposed to be a gentleman`s game
Earlier, it was only a game of “rich” people due to the over expensive kit required. The game was of great discipline and focus. Football on the other hand, well, all you have to do is kick the ball. You could also injure a person resulting in a foul. In cricket, if at all you injure a person by mistake (which is rare) the usual scenario is the two players will apologize and continue the game.
Cricket follows great discipline
You won`t usually see cricketers stripping of their shirts and running in excitement, except for the West Indians who have made it a recent fashion in their country, that too only if they win a tournament. Yes, celebrations do happen in cricket as well. Especially, after the team takes a wicket. But the celebrations are more decent giving it a “gentleman`s” feel where they just hug each other in excitement. Those dances and interaction with the crowd are not common, they celebrate among themselves. Whereas footballers love to interact with the crowd and give kisses in the air. They also dance and stuff and most of them have their own way of celebrations. To be precise, celebrations in online fantasy cricket are more disciplined and they celebrate among themselves without interacting with the crowd.
A test match lasts for 5 days, which includes a lunch break, tea break, etc. ODI matches for around 7 hours, whereas T20 matches for more than 3 hours, we suppose. People don`t have this much time, especially when the matches take place on weekdays. They have their jobs, plus they want to spend time with family at the weekend. Hence, they go with the football, where a match is done within 90 minutes and some extended few minutes.
Football is more unpredictable than cricket. Not saying that cricket is predictable, not at all. But you never know at what moment a goal might show up and the scores will be even. Cricket on the other hand; you do have a bit of an idea as the game progresses.
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