Cricket is one of the most popular games in India. The British who ruled our country introduced this game and now it has struck deep roots in our country. This game is mostly played in the commonwealth countries which were British colonies.
The cricket matches were usually played for five days with a day’s break. This day was called the ‘Rest-Day’. These were the ‘traditional’ test matches. Eleven players represent each side. A test match is divided into two innings known as the first innings and second innings. The team that scores the maximum runs is declared the winner. The five-day test matches held sway for a long time. In recent time, one day cricket matches have become popular. In the test matches, the Rest-Day is withdrawn.
Cricket is mostly an outdoor game. While it’s ideal to have a proper pitch with the required equipment, cricket can be played any place with a horizontal stretch of land. Gully cricket for example is very popular in India, a common sight on a lot of Indian streets. Cricket can serve hours of recreation and help with developing social skill, but the lesser-known fact is the health benefits of cricket. There are indeed some very relevant functions of the game, like building stamina and endurance from the constant running around across the field, similar to a form of cardio. Other benefits include the development of hand-eye coordination, balance, flexibility, muscle toning, etc.
India has produced some great cricketers, who attained ‘International Celebrity’ status. C.K. Naidu, Nawab of Pataudi, Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Chandrasekhar, Srikanth, Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguli, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar are some of bright stars who brought laurel to India in International cricket.
Cricket in various formats is enjoyed by people all over the world as well. Even business tycoons are now investing in the game to cash in on the popularity. The board of cricket is taking various measures to make the games more interesting through organizing the Indian Premier League and more. In short, it is safe to say that cricket is not merely a sport but an emotion in our country. It makes people come together for good. It also strengthens our relationship with other countries and maintains the sportsman spirit.
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Contributed By: Mr. Raman Walia