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Quick Edit | Do we dig cricket?

Quick Edit | Do we dig cricket?
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First Published: Thu, Mar 10 2011. 12 20 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Mar 10 2011. 12 20 AM IST
That question may seem like a no-brainer, but, based on the evidence at hand, the answer isn’t an obvious one. On Tuesday, Pakistan and New Zealand played a match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, before a full house. In late February, a trans-Tasman clash between Australia and New Zealand in Nagpur attracted an audience of 10,000—less than one-fourth the stadium’s capacity of 45,000. The empty stadiums indicate that Indians like to watch matches featuring India, and, given the relative popularity of the Indian Premier League, matches featuring at least some Indian players. India may have its share of cricket buffs who closely track series featuring teams other than India, but the majority of the population isn’t interested in cricket—it is only interested in India playing cricket. Which raises the question: what happens if India is knocked out in the quarter-finals?
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First Published: Thu, Mar 10 2011. 12 20 AM IST