Fans Make Offerings During Cricket World Cup
If you’re a diehard sports fan, you may believe that you can control what happens to your favorite team. Perhaps you have a special jersey or other outfit that you wear when your team is playing. Perhaps you turn to religion and say a prayer or make an offering of some sort, hoping to be rewarded with a victory for your team.
Fans throughout the world try to influence the outcome of sporting events in various ways and Indians were no different during the recent Cricket World Cup. A cricket fan from Thane, Maharashtra, was particularly dutiful in doing whatever he could to ensure victory for India.
“Someone from Thane just ordered 240 incense sticks,” Swiggy, which has an instant delivery platform called Instamart, posted on X during the semi-final match between India and New Zealand.
The fan responded by sharing a picture of incense sticks burning on a table in front of a TV showing the cricket match. “I will manifest so much in the entire area that the entire area will be filled with smoke,” he wrote.
India won the semi-final by 70 runs, and faced Australia in the final, prompting the fan to place another order with Swiggy, what he called “51 coconuts for unreal manifestation.”
But this time, it didn’t work. Australia won the match. Perhaps incense sticks are more effective than coconuts.
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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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