Smriti Mandhana has her justifiable share of followers however Indian girls’s crew’s vice-captain will need to have felt happy when she noticed a poster captioned ‘Mandhana The Goddess” and being proudly held aloft by a Chinese language younger man. However then Jun Yu is probably a uncommon species within the Mandarin land, who loves the thwack of the wooden assembly the leather-based. And the love for cricket made him journey 1200 kms from Beijing to Hangzhou in an effort to watch her “Goddess” in motion.
And all of it occurred when he deep-dived into YouTube’s treasure of cricket movies and instantly received hooked to artistry of Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Mandhana, three of his favourites.
“I noticed Jasprit Bumrah’s spell towards Australia within the 2019 World Cup. I comply with each Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. They’re the present greats of the sport. Then, there’s Suryakumar Yadav and Jaspreet Bumrah. Bumrah was extraordinary towards Australia within the 2019 World Cup,” Yu instructed when PTI caught up with him after the gold medal match.
So how did he study cricket? “Cricket classes are given in my college in Beijing. So, I do know a bit of little bit of it,” stated Yu.
Actually, Yu gave some attention-grabbing perception in regards to the cricket enviornment for the Video games, which was really a flower backyard solely a while again.
“There may be not a lot cricket in China, only a few cricket venues, only a few folks play it and lots of even do not know the way it’s performed. Solely Guangzhou, the place cricket was performed in the course of the 2010 Asian Video games has a everlasting cricket stadium. It is due to historic causes,” he stated.
Yu was one among the many motley crowd who turned up on the Pingfeng cricket discipline on the Zhejiang College of Know-how campus right here. The venue shouldn’t be a correct cricket stadium.
“I do not play cricket even when I wish to. There isn’t any correct floor additionally. Even this floor was a flower discipline earlier than the Asian Video games. It was transformed right into a cricket discipline for the Asian Video games. A couple of warm-up video games had been performed right here earlier than the Asian Video games,” he stated.
Whereas he revers Tendulkar, Yu’s favorite cricketer is a New Zealander. “My favorite is Kane Williamson however Sachin Tendulkar is a legend of the sport,” Yu, who’s doing his Masters Zoology in a College in Bejing, stated.
However, Yu shouldn’t be going to attend for the Indian males’s crew to play within the Asian Video games when the competitors begins on Wednesday.
“I spent 1000 Yuan (INR 11,400) to come back right here from Beijing. I’ve my research and so I can not keep again for the lads’s match. I’m returning to Beijing on Tuesday,” he stated.
A couple of of the Indians had been additionally among the many crowd, waving the nationwide flag and cheering the Indian gamers.
One in every of them, Navneet Singh, who’s from Delhi however at the moment residing within the outskirts of Hangzhou, had turned up together with his pals to look at a cricket match for the primary time in China.
“I’ve been right here for the previous one and half years, I’m doing enterprise in materials. That is the primary time we now have watched a cricket match in China. Cricket shouldn’t be performed right here in China however we watched cricket on Indian channels.”
“We’ve got a membership referred to as Hangzhou Cricket Membership. We do follow each Sunday and even participate in tournaments in Hangzhou in addition to in Shanghai.” One other Indian Manoj, hailing from Mumbai however now settled right here with household since 2003, has a textile export enterprise.
“Chinese language folks do not play cricket however you by no means know after the Asian Video games, a few of them might begin doing that. We (Indians) have golf equipment right here and we typically play inter-city tournaments. There may be at all times a match in Shanghai. It was stopped resulting from COVID-19 pandemic and has not began but after that.” He stated there isn’t a cricket-specific stadium in Hangzhou, apart from this one.
“We’ve got to journey to Shaoxing which is 70 km from right here and play there. However that can be a soccer stadium.”
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