After snatching a victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Assam’s Riyan Parag who played for Rajasthan Royals in IPL this season celebrated by doing the traditional Bihu dance. Bihu is an integral and essential element in the culture of Assam. Riyan's performance and the subsequent celebration generated a lot of discussions on the Assamese culture. Such conversations are important surrounding the North-eastern states, which are often overlooked in the national scene. And this is why cricket becomes so important to the cause.
In India, cricket is nothing less than a religion. Cricket World Cups and IPL become the most important affairs in the country during their tenures. Team India is a symbol of representation for the country. This is why it is quite often disheartening to see the lack of players from North East India in the national cricket scene.