Why India doesn’t love other sports as much as it loves games like cricket? No blame game perspective

This article is outside my usual genre of writing

Aayu Kharbanda
2 min readJul 26, 2021

While derogatory posts about lack of support for Indian Olympics and sports in India are getting attention all over social media. Here is a different opinion

Why India doesn’t love other sports as much as it loves games like cricket?

Lack of Knowledge about the rules of the game.

People don’t know the scoring system and objectives of many sports hence it becomes hard for them to rate the performance of the athletes

Too many events occurring at the same time. Choice Crisis

Unlike Football and Cricket events where all games are the same and between different teams. Events like the Olympics have so many completely different games happening at the same time.

Everyone likes to see a winner

Indian support for cricket grew drastically after victory in the 1983 and 2011 world cups. Everyone wants to see a match where their supported team wins. The poor performance of India in these events has reduced its popularity further.

Lack of Teachers of sports

Less success — less participation — Lesser success — Lesser participation and so on.
This keeps reducing the number of teachers for these sports. One can find analogies for this in dying languages around the world.

Unemployment in the country

India has around a 10% rate of employment i.e. 1 in every 10 people is employed. When the bread and butter are at stake people seek survival and sports have been a bad bet when it comes to providing stable employment.

Difficult to practice these sports

To play cricket you need 100 rupees bat and 15 rupees ball and you can play the game. Can’t say the same for table tennis, Rifle Shooting, Archery, etc. Since people don’t play these games, they don’t care much about them (hard truth).

I have many more reasons. But I will restrict my post to a 2-minute read.
If one wants the sports to get India support, one must counter these 6 points instead of blaming people for not supporting.

~ My 2 cents



Aayu Kharbanda

An ambitious guy trying to disrupt education industry.