What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you read the word “Fangirl”? Oxford dictionary has not accepted it as a word till now. A search in the Urban Dictionary gives a top result of “A rabid breed of human female who is obsessed with either a fictional character or an actor.” Put cricketer in place of an actor and it’s roughly what came to your mind when you read the word.

Along with fame and respect that comes with being a Cricketer in India, there also comes a plethora of fangirls. In simple words, fangirls would be the female fan following who is equally concerned about your personal and professional life. It’s not easy being a fangirl for the sheer amount of emotions involved.

An ardent Cricket fan would know about his favourite player’s batting and bowling averages, his historic innings, his match winning innings but a fangirl will also remember the innings where he wasn’t credited enough for the knock he played, where someone else stole the limelight from “their” player. The possessive tone is an indication of the protectiveness they feel for the player.

A player’s on field conquests are for the world to see but a fangirl is equally interested in his life off the field. The type of clothes he wears, the kind of parties he goes to, and the charities he donates to, if any. Most Importantly – the kind of girls he dates.

Most likely she has a crush on him – the kind of unrequited love, which you know, will never come true but cannot keep yourself from hoping for a miracle. That kind of love, that refuses to die. But then she has grown up on all kinds of mushy romantic movies where the impossible is waiting to happen.

But when he gets married or is engaged, the love turns purely platonic. Contrary to popular belief, she is not jealous of the WAGs. She backs off as soon as a wife or fiancée comes in the picture.

She cheers for her player when he reaches a century or takes a wicket. She applauds him when he is near that personal milestone. But she knows that form is not permanent and supports the player through his tough times as well. She stands by with him through thick and thin. And when the world is pitted against you, fans like these are bound to be of help.

So believe it or not, make all the fun of them you want, Fangirls are what the world of cricket needs or as Ravi Shastri would say, exactly what the doctor ordered. And they are here to stay.