Gully Cricket : Is it dying a slow and painful death?

Been back in India for about a week. Came upon this scene while walking around my house in Gurgaon.

A dusty patch of land surrounded by overgrown weeds.

IMG_2895

Within minutes, a cricket match (the Thums Up Trophy?) commenced.

participants

Naturally, I could not resist and asked to join in. The players were happy to oblige. I swung my bat every ball with no other thought but to hit it as far as possible. I scrambled in the dust to field the red tennis ball. I bowled loopy leggies since anything quick-ish was outlawed. Several of the classic gully cricket rules were on display. Read More …

India in Sri Lanka, 3rd test, SSC: Finally, an overseas series win!

The last time India won a series abroad, the feeling we were left with was quite different.

The year was 2011.The opposition was the West Indies. India had won the first test at Kingston by 63 runs and had drawn the second test. Set a target of 180 in the third test, India were 94-3 when Suresh Raina got out. India required 86 runs off the last 15 overs. India’s rising limited overs star, Virat Kohli, was the next man in Read More …