Cricket: The Sport That Unites
General News | Feb-03-2021
How many times have you been to a stadium and watched a cricket match with your friends and family? Especially, when India is playing the match! Ever felt the atmosphere that is created by the audience in the stadium. Do you get goosebumps when the national anthem is sung before the match begins? This is the beauty of this sport that binds us together in such a way that brings us out of our tensions and other work pressures and gives us some kind of relief.
Cricket was brought to India by the British in the 18th century when the first cricket club was established in 1792. It was considered a royal sport at their time. However, it wasn't developed in the way it is now. Neither did it carry that kind of emotion which it carries now. It carries the legacy of two centuries right from the period it was played and till now.
Cricket is one of those sport which is placed by every member of the family. At times when we play at home, we insist on our younger siblings for fielding or bowling. Women are usually meant for returning the ball if it goes inside their kitchen or bedroom. Men are always adamant to bat because it doesn't require a lot of effort. Other family members become spectators and enjoy the match with a cup of tea in their hands. There often disputes when it comes to deciding whether the batsman is out or not. Then comes bribing into play, where you can bribe relatives with their favorite food or chocolate and they can declare that you are not out! Phew! What a relief!
So is Gali Cricket, the game which small children play in small and thin lanes of their house, and struggle to hit a 4 or a 6. All they can do is take runs, either one, two, or three runs. By chance, if there's a six, it barely goes on someone's terrace. It's always the window that is broken when hitting a six.
One cannot resist himself if he is passing through a lane and sees children playing cricket. He would ask for one chance from the students to either bat or ball. It reminds them of their childhood days when they used to play cricket with zeal enthusiasm and no worries of work.
By: Stuti Singh