Cricket, not a game of elite class now
Change in psychology of common man regarding cricket
23rd March, 1983, a historical day for Indian Cricket lovers. Still I can remember the joyous celebration of all people irrespective of age and gender. They came out on road to celebrate the win. From that point only common people took interest in this game, and Cricket became middle-class game. Probably from that time we started thinking in a more mature way to choose profession. We have reviewed our vision about any profession. Parent started paying respect for profession like cricketer.
I have started writing this as because I need to express my feelings about this radical change in middle class. If we make a close vigilance about today's Indian team it is clear that Cricketers are coming irrespective of class and city. Even small town are participating in every level of Cricket. Till 90's cricket remained a game for metro or city culture. Specially, Mumbai was the main resource of cricketers.
For becoming mass sports from elite class we should provide thanks to BCCI, sorry not to them, to media only. It was that time period when technologies were entering into our country and BCCI took the advantage to make money from media. Unknowingly it helped the nation to become aware about the game and the materialistic benefit of this game. Gradually we have started believing that Cricketer may come from middle-class family.
Hopefully with the passage of time we will get many cricketers from small villages.