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Well...
 
This is what I am seeing.
 
When I was a kid, kids used to get crazy about cricket. But now, I feel kids are not that crazy. Is this just in Hyderabad or everywhere else?
 
My son likes kabbadi....I have seen few of my cousin kids like football..
 
Seem like in next 10 years there will be lot of change in indian sports in terms of interest...
 
Btw, how successfully is ISL, pro kabbadi and other leagues of India?
 
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Kabaddi has grown leaps and bound. Has become the 2nd most famous sport in India after cricket. All because of the league and its marketing and investment. And add to that India is the king of kabaddi even though very few teams play kabaddi. Pro Kabaddi also have a grass roots programme called kbd juniors where schools from all the city teams compete for becoming the national school champions. The tournament is live telecasted when there is off day for senior players.

Isl has raised the level of football and subsequently ranking from 120s to 90s but it needs a breakthrough moment like wc 1983. Could have happened this afc asia cup If the team didn't choke in ending moments.

Basically any sports need 2 things. Good marketing and investment and national team doing well.

Cricket and Kabaddi is the first choice for boys and girls go for Badminton for obvious reasons.
Even in my school there was a kabaddi tournament for boys and badminton tournament for girls last month.

Can't say much about other sports but the Khelo India School Games and it's like telecast on star is surely a good step to grow other games.

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7 minutes ago, sscomp32 said:

Kabaddi has grown leaps and bound. Has become the 2nd most famous sport in India after cricket. All because of the league and its marketing and investment. And add to that India is the king of kabaddi even though very few teams play kabaddi. Pro Kabaddi also have a grass roots programme called kbd juniors where schools from all the city teams compete for becoming the national school champions. The tournament is live telecasted when there is off day for senior players.

Isl has raised the level of football and subsequently ranking from 120s to 90s but it needs a breakthrough moment like wc 1983. Could have happened this afc asia cup If the team didn't choke in ending moments.

Basically any sports need 2 things. Good marketing and investment and national team doing well.

Cricket and Kabaddi is the first choice for boys and girls go for Badminton for obvious reasons.
Even in my school there was a kabaddi tournament for boys and badminton tournament for girls last month.

Can't say much about other sports but the Khelo India School Games and it's like telecast on star is surely a good step to grow other games.

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See I told you when I made thread on khelo India games on icf that this going to improve sports at grass root level big time. This is the thread I made by the way 

 

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Kabaddi has grown leaps and bound. Has become the 2nd most famous sport in India after cricket. All because of the league and its marketing and investment. And add to that India is the king of kabaddi even though very few teams play kabaddi. Pro Kabaddi also have a grass roots programme called kbd juniors where schools from all the city teams compete for becoming the national school champions. The tournament is live telecasted when there is off day for senior players.

Isl has raised the level of football and subsequently ranking from 120s to 90s but it needs a breakthrough moment like wc 1983. Could have happened this afc asia cup If the team didn't choke in ending moments.

Basically any sports need 2 things. Good marketing and investment and national team doing well.

Cricket and Kabaddi is the first choice for boys and girls go for Badminton for obvious reasons.
Even in my school there was a kabaddi tournament for boys and badminton tournament for girls last month.

Can't say much about other sports but the Khelo India School Games and it's like telecast on star is surely a good step to grow other games.

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Nice post...

How are these leagues performing?? ISL, batminton league, pro volleyball etc...

Are they making profits?

Btw, are there any training institutes for kabbadi in Hyderabad?



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Very few percentile of Indian kids played proper cricket in 1970's. Even today there are less kids playing proper cricket. By proper cricket i mean a proper 20,30,40,50  over or multi-day match with proper cricket rules, on a cricket wicket, with a hard cricket ball.

 

The reaons kids do not play proper cricket:

(1)Most kids are afraid of the hard ball.

 

(2)The other reason is the kids are not so much attracted to the game of cricket and hence we see almsot everyone play with rubber or tennis ball and are not enough crazy to paly with ahrd ball proper cricket.

 

(3)The 50 overs matches need lot of stamina and fitness. Boys generally prefer 8 or 10 overs matches at most apart from the ones who are fit and have stamina.

 

(4)Proper cricket nets start early at 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. Not everyone is crazy about this game to give up sleep and go to play.

 

(5)There are some who do not like to play in heat for so long in the day.

 

(6)Some kids are just interested in studies and hardly play sports.

 

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Kabbadi is a pure Indian sport and should be a matter of pride for all Indians. I love Kabbadi as this is the only physical contact sport India has. I am happy to see it getting popular.

I think in the long run India needs to make football as number 1 sport. As long as India can move into 25-50 ranking it is fine with me.

Cricket as a a sport has not advanced any and the level of players who make it to cricket are just not athletic enough to compete in any other sport. Moreover cricket is a sport associated with affluence. The biggest con of cricket is that India is supporting all the countries in the world. That is a huge drain of Indian money.

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Nice post...

How are these leagues performing?? ISL, batminton league, pro volleyball etc...

Are they making profits?

Btw, are there any training institutes for kabbadi in Hyderabad?



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It's a school level sport. The school does all the training and preparations. The kabaddi team of hyderabad is named Telegu Titans. I am not sure how to go about it but you can search on net or contact school about it.

Kabaddi is making profits because it has become viral. Sky sports in UK telecasted it for 1 or 2 seasons. 16 nations played kabaddi World Cup.

Isl I don't know but football does have a fanbase because of European leagues and a lot of people watch indian football. But how are they doing it financially I don't know. Also its owned by Nita Ambani so that is in good hands for sure. They also run a young champs program and send kids to European tours.

And seeing these every sports wanting to capitalize.

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The biggest reason has to be lack of space. Earlier in flats there were not many cars or vehicles or children can play in roads. Today how many children can play like that. 

Besides too many paraphernalia required for cricket. Add to the fact that hard ball is dangerous . I just stopped practicing with hard ball once my finger nail ruptured as a kid..And parents will also be loathe to allow kids to play with hard ball.

 

For small town kids it's a way to achieve dreams, bigger city kids have more options and probably are content playing for 1 hour and watching it on television. 

 

Cricket has huge challenges going forward .  For me personally, I find other sports to be more relevant than cricket. It's one dimensional and very rarely thrilling. 

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Soccer,Badminton and Kabaddi have definitely seen a huge popularity rise recently. 

 

Infact I see a badminton academy now in every other gully in Andhra thanks to Gopichand and also the popularity of Saina,Sindhu,Srikanth,Jwala Gutta and Gopichand. People are actually playing this game.

 

Soccer fans in India are mostly posers. They follow the leagues and maybe like to wear the  jerseys to show off.That’s about it. This is only among the urban youth though.

 

Kabaddi is seeing a huge popularity surge in terms of TV viewership but again how many are taking it up ?

 

In  cosmopolitan  centers like Mumbai and Bangalore there are some rich kids who follow NBA as well. Bigger posers than the soccer types .

 

 

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2 minutes ago, prasen82 said:

The biggest reason has to be lack of space. Earlier in flats there were not many cars or vehicles or children can play in roads. Today how many children can play like that. 

Besides too many paraphernalia required for cricket. Add to the fact that hard ball is dangerous . I just stopped practicing with hard ball once my finger nail ruptured as a kid..And parents will also be loathe to allow kids to play with hard ball.

 

For small town kids it's a way to achieve dreams, bigger city kids have more options and probably are content playing for 1 hour and watching it on television. 

 

Cricket has huge challenges going forward .  For me personally, I find other sports to be more relevant than cricket. It's one dimensional and very rarely thrilling. 

Hard ball has taken life of rare cricketers who were close-in fielders. Philip Hughes and Raman Lamba are two well known cricketers who died due to ball hitting them.

 

Indeed hard ball can be dangerous. I have seen my team mates bleed profusely through mouth as in some cases the lost few teeth. Ball hitting the legs was also very painful but that was part and parcel of the game. Got hit many number of times in three decades of my time in proper cricket. Bleeding was part and parcel of proper cricket. I wonder how many litres of blood i would have saved in 3 decades that i played cricket. Can't play proper cricket expecting not to feel the pain..

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22 minutes ago, prasen82 said:

The biggest reason has to be lack of space. Earlier in flats there were not many cars or vehicles or children can play in roads. Today how many children can play like that. 

Besides too many paraphernalia required for cricket. Add to the fact that hard ball is dangerous . I just stopped practicing with hard ball once my finger nail ruptured as a kid..And parents will also be loathe to allow kids to play with hard ball.

 

For small town kids it's a way to achieve dreams, bigger city kids have more options and probably are content playing for 1 hour and watching it on television. 

 

Cricket has huge challenges going forward .  For me personally, I find other sports to be more relevant than cricket. It's one dimensional and very rarely thrilling. 

Cricket is technically the one of the best sports.It offers tremendous variety of challenges -spin,swing etc..Also very importantly its a skill game,not a physique game - a frail small man like gavaskar can be a legend of the game,only partly possible in football and absolutely impossible in basketball,rugby,wrestling..which is why common man can play it and hope without being a natural athelete.

Also cricket is the perfect blend of teamgame combined with individual play,here  one man can still win on occasion a match for his team  on his own but teamwork is still paramount.However the game still retains the element of 1 vs 1 gladiatorial combat on good surfaces .

 

City kids that 'follow' football would never have been sportsmen anyway - they follow it as a side timepass and passion along with their studies.Lets face it,football is mostly a physique/stamina game,otherwise countries like japan,china with superb financing would be world beaters by now.Also you can't really play football in tropical climates with same intensity for 90 minutes .Kabbadi is a fun sport for most,very few play it professionally and internationally.Wrestling and tennis are niche sports.Finally i like football,but thing is i never support a foreign 'club' with the same passion that i can with my national team .Indian national team is a big player in cricket,not in football and won't be in near future.I can't really be 'hala madrid' or viva barca with same passion that i do with indian cricket team.

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5 minutes ago, Khota said:

It is irresponsible to have close in fielder in cricket. Slip is OK but short leg and silly point need to be eliminated. 

The altnernative is to play with rubber or tennis balls. There is an option for all types of people.

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9 minutes ago, Straight Drive said:

The altnernative is to play with rubber or tennis balls. There is an option for all types of people.

That is a more radical change. Silly point is nothing but silly. If a batsman hits a shot there is no way someone at silly point can stop it.

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No other sport in the future will enjoy the Popularity that Cricket enjoyed from 90-2011 in India. Thanks to Internet and Social Media,  kids these days have even shorter attention span and are hardly as enthusiastic and passionate about Sports anymore like we were crazy for Cricket during the 90s.

 

Popularity of some Other sports has increased just like Women Cricket has become more popular than it was in the 90s. We do know about Harmanpreet,  Smriti now but nothing was known about the 90s women Cricketers,  doesn't mean that kids are more passionate about women's Cricket today. 

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2 hours ago, gakgupta said:

Well...
 
This is what I am seeing.
 
When I was a kid, kids used to get crazy about cricket. But now, I feel kids are not that crazy. Is this just in Hyderabad or everywhere else?
 
My son likes kabbadi....I have seen few of my cousin kids like football..
 
Seem like in next 10 years there will be lot of change in indian sports in terms of interest...
 
Btw, how successfully is ISL, pro kabbadi and other leagues of India?
 
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Not sure about that. Even i liked a football a lot when i was a kid. Then i switched to cricket. I have played Kabaddi. But that is definitely not my most favorite sport.

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11 minutes ago, maniac said:

You know that’s not the “point”’of having a silly point right?

I do know. Who was the first one to start it? Maybe long time back but now these balls are flying and it is nothing but silly.But that does leave a fielder in a vulnerable position.

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To be frank cricket  is a very boring sport to play and sometimes watch. If you are fielding and not bowling the other nine players are bored out of their minds.

Football all 22 are playing all the time.

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10 minutes ago, Khota said:

I do know. Who was the first one to start it? Maybe long time back but now these balls are flying and it is nothing but silly.But that does leave a fielder in a vulnerable position.

No one has silly point in a T20 game or even in ODIs. It is usually when the ball is turning or the batsman is trying to fend short pitch bowling on a juicy track. If some one has a silly point on a 200 run t20 pitch sure you can call that stupid but don’t ever recollect that happening ever.

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2 minutes ago, maniac said:

No one has silly point in a T20 game or even in ODIs. It is usually when the ball is turning or the batsman is trying to fend short pitch bowling on a juicy track. If some one has a silly point on a 200 run t20 pitch sure you can call that stupid but don’t ever recollect that happening ever.

Even in test when I have seen it if a batsman shows some intent the fielder is dead meat. I understand it does help in close in catching but what if the batsman heaves at it. It is more of a suicide point than silly.

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Few months back i was driving though western UP and saw so many young boys running on highway. These boys were in proper running gear much like you see in US schools. They were toned and it was evident they were training. Then i watches a bit of khalo india which made sense. For those who saw khelo india might have noticws how u17 boys were quicker than u19. Its fantastic for india and we will see results in coming years.

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But more kids are playing proper cricket (with cricket kits in academies)
Because parents see that as a stable career with IPL coming in the picture. One of my cousins tried to pursue cricket as a career but his body couldn't handle the workload and he had to return home.

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Badminton has become a lot popular after saina & sindhu's emergence , Boxing could've seen a boom after Vijender's success but looks like that's on hold now. A lot of youngsters here watch Football , even those who don't know names of all the players of their favourite team :phehe: .. 

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Badminton has become a lot popular after saina & sindhu's emergence , Boxing could've seen a boom after Vijender's success but looks like that's on hold now. A lot of youngsters here watch Football , even those who don't know names of all the players of their favourite team :phehe: .. 
When you said here....which place you are referring to??


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People posting on a cricket forum about how "boring" it is and other sports are so much better. Wtf 

 

I don't just mean discussions about how the game can improve, this is the sort of stuff you hear from people who hate cricket and never have or will watch a match!

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It's a global trend with sport. I was in Italy a few months ago. Italians in their late 20s, 30s and above were complaining that the young kids are just not into soccer like previous generations. 

 

People just have more entertainment options now. 

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24 minutes ago, YCCC said:

People posting on a cricket forum about how "boring" it is and other sports are so much better. Wtf 

 

I don't just mean discussions about how the game can improve, this is the sort of stuff you hear from people who hate cricket and never have or will watch a match!

Thats the weird part isnt it ,hanging around in a cricket forum when you find it boring .

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8 hours ago, prasen82 said:

The biggest reason has to be lack of space. Earlier in flats there were not many cars or vehicles or children can play in roads. Today how many children can play like that. 

Besides too many paraphernalia required for cricket. Add to the fact that hard ball is dangerous . I just stopped practicing with hard ball once my finger nail ruptured as a kid..And parents will also be loathe to allow kids to play with hard ball.

 

For small town kids it's a way to achieve dreams, bigger city kids have more options and probably are content playing for 1 hour and watching it on television. 

 

Cricket has huge challenges going forward .  For me personally, I find other sports to be more relevant than cricket. It's one dimensional and very rarely thrilling. 

This^

 

When I was a kid and family would travel to India, I would play cricket on the road with the neighbours.

 

Back then they loved the novelty of having an "Australian fast bowler" play against the locals.

 

Fast forward to 2019, those roads and side roads are full of traffic. Its impossible to play unless you go to an oval. Its sad because I have fond memories of playing against the locals and how much they relished for an overseas bowler to play against them.

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6 hours ago, kosingh said:

It's a global trend with sport. I was in Italy a few months ago. Italians in their late 20s, 30s and above were complaining that the young kids are just not into soccer like previous generations. 

 

People just have more entertainment options now. 

I think smart phones and internet has changed the mindset of kids....not just india but everywhere and not just cricket but every sport.

Attention span has decreased multi-fold

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i think as a society social media and internet is throwing up challenges. with so short an attention span how can sports or key professions thrive. think about professions like doctors. i am thinking very few will put in the grunt yards as compared to older generations and how that will impact quality, time can only tell..

 

this will be a video game generation.. so sports will need to be dominated by aspirational children who have less mobile phone and internet exposure...

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17 hours ago, MultiB48 said:

Thats the weird part isnt it ,hanging around in a cricket forum when you find it boring .

i think the discussions here make up for more fun than the action on the field..:om:

 

and i think if you notice the posters most of them would be the 80s and 90s generation for whom cricket was the only sport. so this forum gives a outlet towards engaging in meaningful conversation because you are not able to really converse with other fans near you because cricket as a sport has diluted and very limited fanbase .. just ask the current generation of impactful ODis or stats or cannot miss shots/ deliveries in recent past.  we can talk about jadeja six of waqar or kanitkar 4 off saqlain, chauhan six, sachin six off caddick, sachin delivery to moeen,prasad delivery to sohail... that should give an indication of how eventful the sport is for fans. 

 

the fact that people commenting here does not imply that the cricket is entertaining. its just a means for people to find common ground with indian fans across the globe.. once time becomes a constraint for the posters here, they will also dissappear.. will the next gen fill up the void.. time will tell..

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Here is my two cents to this. (This is just an assumption - correct me if am wrong). Back in the days, to pass time, you would go out to play with your friends and enjoy. Cricket being popular, it was something that was played heavily. To make cricket into a profession, you need to invest alot of time to even play a single match. Today, kids have so much technologies to play with. Unless they are very passionate, they would stay in and play video games and other means of entertainment. I can understand why they would start picking up Kabaddi, doest not take forever to finish one match. It's a fast moving pace generation, can't blame them. 

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On 2/9/2019 at 7:34 PM, gakgupta said:

Well...
 
This is what I am seeing.
 
When I was a kid, kids used to get crazy about cricket. But now, I feel kids are not that crazy. Is this just in Hyderabad or everywhere else?
 
My son likes kabbadi....I have seen few of my cousin kids like football..
 
Seem like in next 10 years there will be lot of change in indian sports in terms of interest...
 
Btw, how successfully is ISL, pro kabbadi and other leagues of India?
 
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Lol Hyderabad is probably way better than Bangalore in that regard. The cool kids all prefer soccer. And has been so for a long time now. Cricket is simply not as popular as it used to be. 

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9 hours ago, Nikhil_cric said:

Lol Hyderabad is probably way better than Bangalore in that regard. The cool kids all prefer soccer. And has been so for a long time now. Cricket is simply not as popular as it used to be. 

As you are talking about popularity, i remember those days where ODI matches used to start @ 9:15 / @ 9:30AM.

As I wake up @ 7AM, i just used to wait for the match to start. I used to count every min and restlessly/desperately wait for 9:30 AM. Those 2 hrs looked like 20 hours or so. 

Inspite of all that, India used to invariably loose. Srilanka and Pakistan were much stronger.

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