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    Is India the worst place to watch cricket?

    Was out walking earlier and started musing to myself which test playing nation is the worst place to watch cricket. After weighing up all of the evidence, I came to the conclusion that the answer probably has to be India. Allow me to explain why.

    Firstly, one of the things I enjoy the most about test cricket is watching genuine fast bowlers. India does not have any of these, and never has done. A constant failure to produce a genuine fast bowler seems to have led the brains in Indian cricket to think that they no longer need one, hence why on occasion we have seen Ashwin and Ohja take the new ball. Dull.

    Secondly, the pitches are almost exclusively slow and low. The pitches have no carry whatsoever, which is what makes watching cricket from countries like Australia and South Africa so appealing. This also affects the sound of the ball. Not the most important thing, you might say, but I prefer to hear the crisp sound of the ball biting into the pitch rather than a dull thud.

    Next is the commentary. Watching a series broadcast from India means we are subjected to the awfulness of Bhogle, Gavaskar and Shastri. Individually all of these commentators would be capable of turning even the most exciting contest into something totally snooze-worthy. Boring cricket supplemented by boring commentary. Tedious.

    The absolute worst thing though, has to be the spectators at the grounds. The crowds at Indian cricket grounds just seem to produce an unpunctuated and incessant screaming noise which makes genuine applause absolutely meaningless. The consensual, silent sulk when another team dares to score a run or a boundary, or even a century, is the equally odious other side to this. Not only this, but the spectators at Indian grounds are often fenced in like inmates, what the hell is that all about?

    So yeah, in conclusion, I honestly believe India is the worst place in the world to watch test Cricket. And to think, I got through all of this without any mention of Sachin!

    Anyway, where does everyone else think the worst place in the world to watch test cricket is?
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    Nice try, but Bangladesh exists.
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    When KP returns he will be the banana..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Anyway, where does everyone else think the worst place in the world to watch test cricket is?
    Sitting next to you probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    Nice try, but Bangladesh exists.
    Yeah Bangladesh is awful, on TV at least. Everything sledger doesn't like about watching cricket in India multiplied by forty.
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    Watching a match being played in India, on TV is piss poor. Being in there amongst the screaming lunatics is unbelievable fun, though. When racial taunts aren't being thrown around and it's just old fashioned desi abuses, obviously
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    Quote Originally Posted by OverratedSanity View Post
    Watching a match being played in India, on TV is piss poor. Being in there amongst the screaming lunatics is unbelievable fun, though. When racial taunts aren't being thrown around and it's just old fashioned desi abuses, obviously
    But thats the only time everyone shows the world how 'not racist' they are!

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    Talking currently, West Indies. Not much attendance, poor home team, and lousy infrastructure.
    If you were that old, and that kind, and the very last of your kind, you couldn't just stand back and watch children cry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shri View Post
    Sitting next to you probably.
    Some of us have actually had to do this you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harsh.ag View Post
    Talking currently, West Indies. Not much attendance, poor home team, and lousy infrastructure.
    Such a shame because it really should be the best, still the away tour I want to do the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Some of us have actually had to do this you know.
    My condolences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shri View Post
    My condolences.
    Jealous.

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    Australia pretty grim recently

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    Australia since they started hosting Tests at AFL grounds.

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    I'd go with Bangla as well. Their supporters might throw stones at you.
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