The La Liga began since 1929 with 10 teams. It was only in the 1997 season that 20 teams played in the league. With almost 9 decades of experience, the league should have been competitive. Unfortunately this hasn’t been the case. I say this looking at the results since the past 15 years. The results show only Real Madrid and Barcelona as winners and runner ups. Just imagine the plight of the league where 2 teams decide the fate of the title always. It’s not a good prospect for any player to join another team as the chances of winning reduce.

Yes, Valencia in 2003-04 and Atletico Madrid in 2013-14 did win the league but apart from that the remaining 13 seasons belonged to Barcelona and Real Madrid which brings us to question what is the league beyond these 2 powerhouses?

The answer to this is complicating. You can say money buys good players and hence the league can be won. But Atletico did it with pure talent and not money. Also, passion for the game always brings out the best in any team. The classic example for this is Leicester city who won the EPL in 2015-16 which was their first time since their 132 year history. Overall, there are just 3 teams who have been challenging for the top 4 finish like Valencia, Sevilla and Villareal. If they get some good talent and experienced players, they can surely pull off the invincible. For now, their intent only lies in champions league qualification which is not good for the league’s survival. Audience loves competition and the attendance will keep dropping if Madrid and Barcelona continue their streak. To conclude, the current La Liga is nothing beyond Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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India loves sports. This is said considering the fact that everyone loves to play a certain sport. Until 2010, Cricket was the only sport which people liked, the government recognized and gave facilities to push kids into getting good athletes for the nation. Yes, our country is a cricket loving nation. For sure, we were an indestructible force in Hockey in the early thirties but due to ill facilities we could never up our game. Many would either choose cricket as a career or get into the corporate stream. Some dared to try other sports and excel. The reason people chose cricket was because of the exposure, money and competition. Also, other sports did not have much exposure or media attention.

All this changed in the past 5 years. Now apart from the Indian premier league we have;

There are many more leagues for Poker, Polo etc. The point I want to put through is due to all these leagues opening, our national players get exposure and get to share the field alongside players who are on top of the world rankings. The audience in India also have graced all these sports. Would you believe that over 20,000 people watch ISL live on the ground or that people now talk about Kabaddi more often than cricket. Leagues in India need to get more facilities so that home grown players get better in the game and can make our nation proud. Currently it’s a work in progress but within the next 5-7 years, there surely will be growth.

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Cricket is synonymous to fun for us Indians. Guys go crazy for every match, every boundary, wicket, crowd, jaw dropping moments etc. Yes, it’s worth every penny. People have sworn that they have missed important moments in their life since they had to watch a cricket match.

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I enjoy watching cricket matches. Although since the 20-20 era began, yes my amazement has been limited. Now, watching a 50 over match seems really long and sometimes impossible to watch. But for some, even that is less. They watch it with the utmost dedication as for them every ball has an impact on the game and it’s result.

An incident occurred like this during the 2011 world cup when India was facing Pakistan at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. Yes, the crowd was roaring like never before. Why wouldn’t they? Hell, it’s “India vs Pakistan!”

One of my friends had their exam center in Churchgate which was close to the stadium. The exam was important as it was the university’s final exam. But then even the match was important. My friend could not concentrate on the paper one bit. The crowd was going crazy and he could hear them right till the class where he was writing the paper.

Every 10 minutes, he would ask the examiner for score updates, but he did not tell anyone a damn thing. He then submitted his paper within 2 hours and literally ran away to the stadium so that he could find out what’s the score and feel the atmosphere of the stadium. That’s the level of madness.

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I’m sure this is hardly anything. There are people who might have missed birthdays, important moments just for the match. I’m glad for apps like the UC Browser which has made the life of us cricket fanatics a tad bit easy.

So now, I don’t need to miss my cricket match due to a meeting. Nor do I have to skip a birthday party. All I have to do is switch to my UC Browser, choose UC Cricket and then boom! All my updates, ball to ball updates in real time… what else does a guy need?

So now I can listen to all of my boss’s bantering and side by side just have a sneak peek into my phone to see if my favorite batsman is wreaking havoc on the field.

I can now go on a date and give time to both… my beloved and also to my love for cricket.

Parties, gatherings etc whatever be the scene, I can give time to both and keep everyone happy in the process. This is how I can balance both my love for cricket and love for my near and dear ones.

In the end, everyone’s happy!

Here’s a video of the UC Browser with Yuvraj Singh.

Check it out.

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