Originally posted by _Vrish_
I agree w/ the above. Here in India, we disdain people who support Pakistan over India, and the same principle applies here. People ought to support the countries they belong to, whether Sri Lanka, England, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa.
Sorry, Ravidaas, but I don't respect you. If you can't support your own country, honestly, no team deserves your support. Also, the job of the Indian selectors is to put together the best possible Indian team for a particular tournament, not try and hijack support of people of other countries.
In the 80s, in England, Norman Tebbitt, a Tory MP said that Indian immigrants lacked loyalty since they preferred their original countries over England in cricket matches. He was right then, but today, the situation has changed - 3rd generation Indians certainly support England over India pretty openly, over the objections of their hypocritic parents. That has changed.
Not that it should matter, but as a Tamil, you should be proud that the greatest Tamil cricketer of all time is not any Indian player, but Muralitharan. And he, more than any other player, has made Sri Lanka one of the top cricketing countries, next to Australia, South Africa and India.
I agree with all the points made above except the one in bold. Most 3rd generation Indians living in the UK, including myself do not support England over India. After India though, I do support England. The same applies for most young British Indian and British Pakistanis. The win of India over Pakistan and over Sri Lanka in the final was celebrated a lot more by the youth than Indian immigrant parents themselves. The areas that are dominated by Asians saw the youth come out on to the streets and party like mad! lol I'm sure there are exceptions but this seems to be the way it is mostly throughout areas of London in particular.