Индия в игре

Нью-Дели – 1-го июня индийская премьер-лига завершилась захватывающим финальным матчем, за ходом которого наблюдали 60 тысяч ликующих болельщиков на новом стадионе и около 300 миллионов телезрителей во всем мире. В то время как девушки из группы поддержки танцевали и махали яркими помпонами, а спортивные звезды со всего земного шара, облаченные в разноцветные регалии своих команд, с нетерпением ждали вознаграждения в размере 2,5 миллионов долларов, билеты на черном рынке переходили из рук в руки за 2500 долларов.

Футбол? Баскетбол? Нет, индийская премьер-лига (IPL) является последней новинкой, революционизировавшей самый степенный из викторианских видов спорта - крикет.

По мере того, как глобализирующийся мир открывает для себя Индию двадцать первого века, полную талантливых компьютерщиков, успешных бизнесменов, красочных одеяний и притягательных развлечений, что значительно отличается от старых образов факиров на постели из гвоздей, махарадж на слонах и нищих с протянутой чашей, он также обнаруживает, что Индия одержима тем, что большинство людей считают спортом девятнадцатого века.

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