Ahead of India's semi-final clash against New Zealand on 9 July at Old Trafford, Manchester, fans of the Men in Blue back in India prayed to the Gods for the team to get a victory over the Kiwis and proceed to play the finals of the World Cup. The cricket fever has gripped India since the World Cup began and ever since India confirmed their semi-finals berth, the fever has only grown, with people taking up any and all means to do their bit to ensure India make it to the finals.
In Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, a group of people offered prayers at the Sangam and offered a chadar at a dargah, praying for India to win the contest. Fans are seen holding posters of the Indian squad along with the Tricolour, praying to the Gods for the Men in Blue. See the pictures here:
In a country where cricket is often referred to as a religion in itself, the passion and faith of the fans appears to know no bounds. Two days earlier, KR Ramakrishnan, a Lord Ganesha devotee and a cricket fan had laid the groundwork to a ‘Cricket Ganesh Temple' in Chennai.
The idols in this temple are unique as they are all portrayed playing cricket. Ramakrishnan says the temple portrays Ganesha in his 33rd Avatar, as a Cricketer. Ramakrishnan's passion and fandom don't stop here, he has also composed special cricket hymns to be sung in the devotion of the unique idols.
The temple walls sport a lot of posters of cricketers which have Lord Ganesha’s heads instead of the cricketers. The temple is open to all devotees and is not restricted to cricket fans. Ramakrishnan says that they pray sincerely every four years for Team India to do well at the World Cup. He made claims that the Cricket Ganesh has been helping iconic players like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath, K Srikkanth, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Virendra Sehwag. He added that the prayers and hymns here have made Jasprit Bumrah’s the number one bowler in the world.