Legendary Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist believes that the general enthusiasm around the home team “felt a little waned” during the ICC T20 tournament. Globalism A trophy here, with the ace wicketkeeper concluding “there was no sense of massive excitement from the way the fans arrived at the Australian matches”.
Comparing the enthusiasm of Australian fans with that of fans from India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe, the former cricketer said the competition between India And Zimbabwe at the MCG, where 82,000 spectators turned out to watch the Super 12 match, was “a completely different conversation”.
The 50-year-old said that while time will tell why the decline in interest among the home team’s fans, real concerns are growing about Australians losing passion in the national team.
One reason for the Australian fans’ consistent response to their team may be that Aaron Finch’s side lost their inaugural T20 World Cup Super 12 game to New Zealand by 89 shots, which likely made them lose interest in their national team.
Australia were unable to qualify for the semi-finals, as England’s victory over Sri Lanka on Saturday spurred the hosts’ hopes of reaching the division.
“You just have to look at the crowds, the crowds were low,” the 96-test veteran told SEN WA Breakfast on Monday. “There was no sense of great excitement about this World Cup from the way you bring the fans to the Australian matches.
“On the other side of that, look at what was semi-dead rubber on Sunday night in Melbourne, Zimbabwe against India and there are 82,000 people there. That’s just a very different conversation, isn’t it, this is one of the sport’s greatest phenomena. India’s passion for the game continues to move to new levels. Fresh. This is something really positive and exciting about cricket.”
Perhaps the most telling sign that local fans may be losing interest in their team is the fact that only 18,672 spectators turned out at the Adelaide Oval to watch Australia’s must-win game against Afghanistan.
“Whether these crowds are frustrated and that the appetite and enthusiasm for the World Cup reflects the current team, I have no idea,” Gilchrist continued. “People vote with their feet, but I don’t know if it’s too early in the summer, if the football season is over so recently that we’re not ready to move into cricket mode yet.
“Anytime Australia hosts a World Cup, men’s or women’s, it’s always at the end of the summer, so there’s a whole lot of promotion for it and anticipation for it. I’ve felt a little leveled about that about the Australian team. We’ll see how she plays during the summer because there’s a lot going on. of the next cricket.”