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Gully Cricket

In Mumbai, in every corner you see kids playing “Street Cricket” (gully in Indi means street) in the same way as in Portugal you would see them playing Football. No wonder India excels in Cricket …

 

"Street cricket is essentially the stripped down version of the most popular game in India and Pakistan, cricket. It is a rage almost everywhere in the Indian subcontinent and in a few islands in the English-speaking Caribbean. In the countryside, dried lakes, and river beds are often used as playgrounds for cricket. People typically play street cricket in narrow bylanes, streets, and ghettos. The size of the road or traffic does not hinder the progress of a game; kids often wait for the traffic to clear before playing consecutive deliveries. Bandhs (strikes), when the main roads are devoid of traffic, provide an occasion for kids to take over wide open spaces for a day.“

 

"Backyard cricket, Beach cricket, Garden cricket and Street cricket are terms applied to informal amateur cricket. The rules are often ad hoc, and the subtle and complex laws of cricket, such as those involving leg before wicket, penalty runs, and others, are ignored or modified. In India and Pakistan it is called Gully cricket; 'Gully' in Hindi means 'street'. It should not be confused with Gully, which is a fielding position in cricket.” The Wikipedia

 

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Taken on December 9, 2007