"Some audiences for India-Pakistan clash were 60:40
Hindu: Muslim, so cheers were apportioned accordingly.
"Some were British Ugandans and half of them said that in
a match India/ Pakistan vs England, they would support
England," he wrote.
"All the Indian diasporas take lot of interest in
cricket, which is a second God in India and abroad," wrote
Praful Patel, leader of
the Uganda Asians in Britain.
Commented British author and journalist,
"Normally, cricket does not occupy so much time and space
in the minds of British sports fans, in particular, the
Asian community - their concentration is on football.
"But it is a different ball game when it comes to major
cricketing events like the World Cup and where India and
Pakistan are playing.
"Amazingly, a lot of patriotic fervor is seen with flags
flying and wrapped around the torsos and miles long smiles.
"Many also paint their faces with their native country’s
"Those who are lucky enough to obtain tickets watch live
matches others make do with TV at home or selected pubs
which screen live WC matches."
He adds that these avid fans show their support by Mostly
holding and waving flags, wearing turbans in Indian colours,
wearing Indian cricket shirt colours or those kept in the
wardrobes from previous matches.
They swill beer cans shouting encouragement to their
favourite players until their throats go hoarse.
Women too enjoy these matches.
Enthusiastic women turn up to watch live matches, paint
their faces with national colours, wave their ancestral
Some of the younger women followers are seen swigging
from beer cans.
When the India vs Pakistan match was going on, the
streets of mostly Indian suburbs in Britain were empty as
everyone was stuck to their TV sets but once India won, the
fans came out and happily drummed and danced Bhangra
to block the streets.
In Leicester, two main roads were closed to traffic with
this boisterous celebration, reports
Jolly Seth, an estate
The Gurjaratis were seen performing the Garba
dance not only in Wembley but also outside Leicester Square
tube station in central London.
Football is more popular than cricket among the young
Indians in the UK.
However, support of cricket is growing in England due to
international stars playing their club cricket here as well
as English or foreign players featuring heavily in the EPL.
People here are crazy about the EPL - Asian restaurants
are always flying open their doors to any cricket team or
celebrity players even those that have retired and are
household names, said Anil Ricky
Chaman, a TV engineer.
The new generation is attuned to football as, just like
cricket in the Indian sub-continent, football also has their
own stars and ‘idol worshippers’ in the UK.
They snap up football magazines, calendars with their
football stars emblazoned on each month and each page -
cricket has little or no place, believed
Author Mervyn Maciel,
ex-Kenya, living in Britain says:
"Overseas Indians are very interested in watching their
own country’s team play and like the West Indians, they are
more interested in cricket than football.
"Interest in the latter sport may be among locally-born
Indians whose loyalty, despite being British, would still
favour their country’s team."
The new generation in Australia enjoys both games,
maintains Sudershan Gupta
The Australian tv covers only Australian and New Zealand
Most of Indians watch Indian channels to watch India
matches for a few hours.
International cricket umpire,
Subash Modi, reported from Nairobi that some
social clubs and Indian restaurants had joyful celebrations
after India convincingly won against arch rivals Pakistan.
As most Indians watched this match on TV, the
predominately Indian suburb of Parklands was very quiet
without any traffic.
The local print and electronic media covered this match
extensively, especially ‘Daily Nation’ had excellent
The World Cup, especially the fixtures featuring India
and Pakistan seem to generate a lot of frenzied support from
Indian diaspora due to such so often friendly, long standing
and deep rooted rivalry.