There was a discussion about this in the Champions Trophy thread (i.e. booing of Ravi Bopara by the Indian fans, the Tebitt test etc.). Speaking from experience, if you're brought up in a household which supports India, it's incredibly unlikely that you'll cheer on another team. Just like you often (not always of course) follow your family's politics, religion, football team etc.
Also for some its one of the few links to their heritage. And importantly, India are literally no good at any other sport that matters, so they'll likely (unless they're a hater for no reason) support their country of birth/citizenship in every other sport except cricket.
I was at the game. Actually at the start when all the player names were read out, every England player was booed except Bopara. But during the match Bopara was called a traitor and booed. People are entitled to support who they want, end off. It's a complex culture. India not being good at any other sports, well cricket is their national sport which they dominate. Do England dominate their national sport, far from it.
Actually after having spoken to quite a few people, a lot will be supporting Australia in the ashes. Again, you are entitled to back who u want.
That's all well and good but how does it justify booing Bopara, or calling him a traitor? Its not on.
Whilst I agree with that statement (as I can only play for a country I passionately support) I don't agree with booing him. I am sure some of these guys would be playing for England if they were good enough and wouldn't turn them down.
I have a mate here called Ish Sodhi and he's always supported New Zealand (over India) and soon may play for the black caps.
No one's ever called him a traitor. He's always got encouragement from his family and friends! This is just one example.
Seriously where have you come up with this? If there are people like that, then they are in a very small minority.
What exact "minority" are you referring to? The number of British Indians who support India over England is a minority? That's clearly far from a minority. I have all sorts of British Indians on my facebook from many professions and a lot had written similar things about Bopara.
Personally I couldn't care less. I am surprised he is playing for them though despite being an Indian fan.
By minority I mean very small proportion of the British Indians probably are like that. Why would any British Indian be opposed to their son, relative's son, their friend etc playing for England. They'd only feel proud of that. Ones who say things like that are probably either bigots or just joking around.
Boo'ing doesn't necessarily mean anything. 'Group mentality' can exaggerate anything. If few start boo'ing, the rest join in just instinctively in the spur of the moment. Doesn't mean ****.
I bet there are far greater number of British Indians who are proud that there is an B.Indian in the English team than people who are "unhappy" that he is playing for England