What Do English Football and Indian Cricket Fans Have in Common? Unchecked Rowdiness

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What Do English Football and Indian Cricket Fans Have in Common? Unchecked Rowdiness

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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ick Hornby writes in Fever Pitch that “complaining about boring football is a little like complaining about the sad ending of King Lear: it misses the point somehow.” It is a typically English view of the game. Exempt of consideration for beauty and its purpose in the realm of adrenaline and sweat. English football has since time immemorial, pined for the former, while dismissing the significance of the latter. As if perpetually desiring French Chardonnay, only to be served a hard-worn cognac that kind of does the job; the eventuality of one justifying the inaccessibility of the other.

In more ways than one, English football and its fandom echoes the ethos of Indian cricket. We’re like two step-brothers separated by format.

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