Difference between Male and Female Cricket fans
When nature created us, it cast us into two different moulds: ‘male’ and ‘female’, giving us visibly distinguishable, physical features.
And, as the icing on the cake of life, it gave us different mental traits as well. In many ways this works very well, but in equal ways, it doesn’t work either. Like when it comes to sports and the domain of cricket.
Cricket, one has to admit, is a funny game with a queer name and with more queer rules and regulations. Now men, they see cricket as a cult and religion and refer to their cricketing idols as Gods. Women, on the other hand, see cricket as a collection of dashing, drool-worthy and fine-looking guys. Feminists may say I am biased, but in my defence I have to say that on account of being a girl and spending my school and college days with girls more interested in cricketers than cricket, I am justified in putting forth my statement. Brett Lee, Andrew Flintoff, our own Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson are some of the popular characters in the never-ending saga of women vs. handsome cricketers.
Not that it should be construed as offensive, though. Au contraire, the fact that the sport garners equal number of female fans as male fans should be taken as a compliment that no matter the actuality of reasoning, at least the sport creates ripples of interests in the minds of girls and ladies. Indeed, men are from Mars and women from Venus.
Talking of Shane Watson and the IPL, where the former has taken over from where Brett Lee mostly left off, the latter has had more ramifications on the men than on women, as in the case of the cheer-leaders and the concept of their gyrating to popular musical themes.
As far as cheer-leading goes, it still seems like an alien in the cricketing world. And yet, people – read men – have wholly accepted the phenomenon of pom-poms as being a traditional demonstration of cricketing festivities. Even after six years of IPL and the innumerable T20 tournaments, including a few World Cups, men are still obsessed over cheer-leaders and their dancing moves. Choreographing director Farah Khan also doesn’t seem to be helping with her innovative dance moves and equally funky IPL theme song!
To put it on a simpler scale, I would have to admit that most women cricketing fans tend to be subjective rather than objective. Like when a speeding beamer hits a batsman on his helmet, a male cricketing fan would concentrate on the swing and the seam more than the potential damage to the batsman. On the other hand, most female cricketing fans would worry more about how the batsman could have been injured and how the bowler was extremely vicious and delivered the ball with the sole intent to injure the batsman. Again, it’s not in criticism of the latter that I raise this point, but to simply emphasise that the quality of nurturing always presents itself in a woman, in as mundane a subject like sports. For men though, it’s as simple as saying, ‘All’s fair in love, sports and war.’ And yet, in spite of the inherent differences in approaches, it’s the perfect blend of these two moulds that makes a cricketing fan unique. Even when the sport is played in a few select countries across the world.