So there have been a few questions on how this blog came to be named. “One tip, one hand” was one of the fundamental rules of the cricket we played in the streets as kids. This post seeks to capture some of the facets of the game we fondly called “gully cricket” (‘gully’ in this context meaning ‘side-street’, not cricket exclusively played in the fielding position). To confuse things further, while the name gully cricket indicates that this was cricket played in the streets, apart from the streets there were a variety of locations – parks, construction sites and empty parking lots.
Watching our beloved Indian team play on Saturday brought back a few memories.
Remember Durban, 1996?100 all out in the first innings. 66 in the second. Oh, we were an inexperienced batting line-up in alien conditions. Did you see that ball from Donald to Sachin? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyaqXf2_l9k). Totally ridiculous!
And what about Barbados, 1997? 81 all out chasing 121. Come on man, super dodgy fifth day wicket! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XkxHvXE2fY)
As Indian fans, we’re great with coming up with reasons for our inexplicable results.
Which bring us to 9 August 2014, Manchester. 152 all out in the first innings. 161 all out in the second innings. Each Indian innings was shorter than the average Karan Johar movie. As a rational (?) Indian supporter, I’m struggling to justify why we lost. But maybe our superstars can explain things better (starting at the top):