What is it about India and cricket? If you mention going to a cricket match, most people in US smile politely, then picture an Old World of young men lazing away the day on the cricket field with lunch and tea breaks to boot. Hardly the case these days.
The crisp whites of the linen-and-parasol set have long been replaced by teams of superb athletes in uniforms in bright blue or orange or green. Multiple game formats have evolved with the shortest version of the game time now lasting about three hours.
Cricket is almost religion in India where the entire country comes together around the new formats of a game that now defines modern India.