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Another major phenomenon responsible for the madness about the game is- “The Sachin phenomenon”. The man has solely occupied sporting columns in newspapers for almost two decades now and the frenzy hasn’t died out yet. Breaking every barrier possible, triggering a new record with every run he makes, the man has not just been a legendary cricketer but also a great 'youth icon' inspiring millions. He is one big factor responsible for a lot of kids taking to cricket. Youngsters have begun to tag them as a part of the brand- “Sachin fan” and this feeling drives and keeps them holding to the game. No wonder, it’s the dream of any youngster to aspire to achieve the fame and success that he has accumulated. Lack of any other sporting greats emerging from other sports (or the lack of media coverage of them) is another factor which couldn’t drive people away from Cricket or perhaps drive people towards other games.
The rise of Indian cricket came at a time of the emergence of popularity of the media in the country. This confluence proved vital in radiating the madness that the game produced. Recycling even a worthless story on Cricket is a common feature among Indian media. Dhoni’s hair-style means more to the media, than a lone warrior cycling around the country to spread the message of planting more trees to save the dying Earth. Like it or not, the country is informed of every off-the-field detail about the game.
This article is not an attempt to analyze how to drive people away from this game, but a raw analysis of the reason for the madness generated by this sport, by a mad and crazy Cricket fan !