After seeing ten days of football of the highest standard, I have tried to work out the relative merits and demerits of watching football and cricket. For instance:
In football, match lasts about an hour-and-a-half and that's that. You switch on to the next match then. In cricket, a match goes on for five days, with a day's break in the middle. And even in instant cricket, a match lasts a full day, starting earlier than usual in the morning and finishing late in the evening.
In football, all the time 11 men are playing against 11 men. In cricket, most of the time just one man (the bowler) is playing against one man (the batsman). The rest of the players are either lolling about on the field, arms folded across the chest, or sitting in the dressing-room.
In football, something is happening all the time. In cricket, nothing happens most of the time.
Cricketers wear long trousers. Footballers wear shorts.
In cricket, English crowds are the best behaved in the world. They clap politely every time a batsman hits a ball, and even when an opposition bowler bowls well, they tell him: "Well, they tell him: "Well bowled, sir." In football, the English crowds are the worst behaved and are known as football hooligans.
In cricket, if a cricketer argues with an umpire, it becomes an international scandal. In football, if a footballer argues with a referee, he gets a disciplinary card and it is all a part of the game. Again, in cricket, the TV and radio commentators never say that the umpire is wrong and the batsman is not out, even if the action replay clearly shows that. At the most, they say; "…but the umpire is in the best position to judge." In football, the commentators openly criticise the referee if he is wrong.
Cricket is a gentleman's game. Football is less hypocritical.
In the rest of the world, footballers, get paid a lot more money then cricketers. In India, cricketers get paid more than footballers.
In cricket, if India is not one of the teams playing in a match, there is no fun watching it. In football, if India is not playing in a match, there is greater fun watching it.
Countries which are good at the cricket are not good at football, and countries which are good at football are not good at cricket. That is the general rule, but there are exceptions. For instance, England is good at both and India is good at neither.