Asian Games: China ‘stayed’ for cricket but Jun Yu wants to meet Smriti Mandhana. asian games 2023 news

Hangzhou: Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Ground, This is an interesting name. Technology, for which Hangzhou is world famous, and cricket, which is nothing more than a stopover for the Asian Games for Chinese locals.
A ball flying for a six invites some applause, possibly because it is the closest cricket gets to a baseball, reminding the sparse crowd here of a home run. A father is chasing his daughter up and down the stairs. It’s a day out for the family, some of whom are inside in the shade, protecting themselves from the hot sun.
While Hangzhou was cloudy, windy and raining 4-5 days ago, umbrellas have come out in large numbers for a different reason. One wicket fell, a group of Indian fans were celebrating; But under those umbrellas, the Chinese visitors to the ground are either trying to figure out the reason behind the sudden noise or have their eyes glued to cellphones – almost ignoring the fact that this is a gold medal match. And India has defeated Sri Lanka by 19 runs.

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“Women’s cricket is being played for the first time in the Asian Games.” This mention invites a disinterested glance from a local visitor. “Cricket?” That was the answer, or rather the question.
“Most of them are just here to enjoy the atmosphere,” says a volunteer, trying to explain that you won’t find a local in the ground with a combination of cricket knowledge and English. no chance.
But luck can strike when you least expect it.
jun yu Walking in the stand carrying a hand written banner. A geology student from Beijing takes an overnight trip to Hangzhou in the hope of meeting ‘Devi Mandhana’. This is what is written on their banner.
Jun Yu says, “I’m her fan. I watch videos of her playing games on the Internet. I love the way she plays, the style she plays.”


Jun Yu says that as much as he wants to learn and play cricket, he has difficulty finding someone he can bowl to or who can bowl to him.
“It’s hard to find some friends to play cricket with in China.”
Do the Chinese people in the stands understand the game?
“Some of them may understand the rules,” he said. “But most of them won’t do that and just want to feel the atmosphere. I don’t know if there is a cricket team here (at the university).”
Jun Yu wrote ‘Mandhana the Goddess’ in English, not Mandarin. This made fellow Chinese people curious to know what it was about.
“Some viewers asked me this and I explained to them (why I like Mandhana).”
“I’ve never met her before, just seen her videos. I really want to meet her.”
The match is over. Medal ceremony concluded. But Jun Yu is still around, hoping to catch a glimpse of Mandhana.
The ‘visitors’ have also left the stand. But cricket in China will hope for ‘ming tian hui geng hao’ (a better tomorrow).

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