The 2015 Cricket World Cup is almost on us and cricket fans are waiting with bated breath to see if India can defend their title as World Champions in Australia.
This Indian team is very different from the one that won the last World Cup. Supporting and cheering the team is all very fine but we decided to do a survey to check out how well do Mumbaikars know the Indian squad. Devi Poojari, Ronald Rodrigues and Reynold D’Sa spoke to 100 men and 100 women across Mumbai and we found out that this contingent is pretty unknown to most of them.
Men had to recognize the player, tell us what position he played, and whether he deserved to be in the team or no. Women had to know if the player was a real player or not. It was not necessary for them to know either his name or what position he played. They graded the men on the ‘Cute Quotient’.
All men were able to recognize and tell us who M.S. Dhoni was. Only ninety of them knew who Virat Kohli was. For Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma, the figure was eighty. All four of them would be a shoe-in for the first XI.
All women recognized Dhoni, Kohli and Raina. Only four of them recognized Rohit Sharma.
Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja emerged as favourites for the women. Looks like the royal moustaches that both of them sport are gaining them a lot of female fans. Only 10 percent of men want Sharma in the team and 80 percent of them believe that Dhawan is incapable of playing in Australia.
Mohammad Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav and Stuart Binny are complete strangers when it comes to women. Axar Patel holds the dubious distinction of being an unknown for both men and women.
Now comes the really strange part: 75 men wanted Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, both Pathan brothers, Gautam Gambhir, and Zaheer Khan in the squad.
26 women thought that Sreesanth was playing for India and Mohammad Shami was mistaken for Sreesanth by four of them. Irfan Pathan rated high on their ‘Cute Quotient’ as well and they were very disappointed when they were told he is not in the team.