As the 92 world cup drew to a close I was just left wondering how my life would change four years down the lane and by 96 I was no longer a Indian resident and I moved on to USA to pursue grad studies. Now watching cricket on TV had almost become a luxury and a real cricket enthusiast like me had to rely on Indian newspapers and the still infant Cricketing websites to keep in touch with the happenings in the game..
For all the Recorded History of Ashes where the first match was played in 1877 and recognized as the first test match the oldest International match was not played by England or Australia. The first recorded international cricket match and the first international sports contest ever was played between USA and Canada in 1844. It’s an altogether different story that cricket lost its foothold to baseball in USA and cricket just remained a sport played by the immigrants from Common Wealth Countries thereafter. However the diehard cricket fans amongst Indian Immigrant Community always kept in touch with cricket and I was no exception. As the 96 cricket world cup approached the Indian Students at our university had pitched in to buy the cricket package sold by a hitherto unknown channel to follow the World cup and we were joined by the cricket fans form other cricket playing nations. As such it was a totally different experience altogether.