Cricket in India – not just a sport (Part 1)

In Australia and India, people easily sympathize with any country to bring a diplomatic message to them with a cricket match. Comprehensive cooperation in many areas between Australia and India can take place in the spirit of healthy competition, trust and friendship that people have seen in cricket matches.

Indian – Australia cricket player competes.

According to the founding chairman of the Australia-India Youth Dialogue, Shaun Star, it is often said that relations between the two countries are based on three things: Cricket, Commonwealth and Curry. Cricket is considered as an interesting metaphor for the recent development of bilateral relations.

Sincere affection

After the independence of India, the first test exchanges took place in 1947-1948. After that, disparities in qualifications, arbitration, violence and even lack of tickets, etc. prevented the two countries from using cricket as a tool to send diplomatic messages. Since 1990, when financial conditions and facilities have improved, friendly matches are held more often. Cricket Australia Academy awards full scholarships to young Indian talents.

While studying and working in India today as a lawyer, when introducing himself from Australia with strangers on the street, Shaun Star immediately heard them say the names of cricket players like Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne. Although he sometimes disagrees, he and his friends in the curry always find understanding in the language of cricket positions and movements.

The apartheid attacks against Indian students in 2009 caused a “wound” and a sense of suspicion required the two sides to actively exploit cultural aspects in order to find understanding. people. In addition, India’s growing economic strength and globalization of cricket have changed the balance of cricket authority from Western countries to Asia-Africa led by India. The emerging role of the Indian Premier League attracts many Australian athletes.

The success of playing in the Indian Premier League of players Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Brett Lee, etc. reinforces the view that this sport is an important emotional bridge between the people of the two countries, creating motivation. Cooperate at a higher level.