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South Asia is the only region in which a “royal” sport like Cricket is the commoner’s sport rather than football. A commoner’s sport should be one with the trait of ease of play in technique and rules. Football is far easier to play than cricket. Cricket accompanies complicated rules with sophisticated DRS system while football just needs a football. ( Football will overtake cricket )
And in a country of 1.2 billion people, if thousands of cricketers come up each year, it’s not delusional to expect equivalent number of footballers, provided proper scope and opportunity.
In a country with cricketing “Gods” in the stature of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, the sport of football is still searching for that glimpse of inspiration. Whether football will overtake Cricket in 5 years remains a debatable issue; but the pace at which football is gaining significance, “The Gentleman’s Game” is up for one hell of a popularity battle from the “Beautiful Game”.