The Eternal Appeal of the Ashes

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The Eternal Appeal of the Ashes

Illustration: Akshita Monga


n India, cricket is like traffic – it’s everywhere. We find cricketers in gullies and maidans, and commentators in bars and living rooms across the country, and everyone has designs on the Indian team. So naturally, fatigue is bound to set in. Kohli is great and all, but there’s only so many times you can have the Kohli vs Sachin debate without wanting to get hit in the head with a bouncer yourself.

In the cricketing world, the Indian team is like the hyperactive, overachieving kid at school who is on the sports team and debate squad, and is both class monitor and RSP leader. We go from playing Sri Lanka to playing New Zealand, and IPL to Champions Trophy, in an endless loop until Ravi Shastri’s voice begins to narrate our dreams. And then, once every two years, comes a breath of fresh air – The Ashes.