Cricket is a gentleman’s game. It is very popular and enjoyed all over the world. It is my favourite game. I like it very much. I play it and see it being played either on the ground or on the television. This noble game is full of excitement, thrill, discipline, team- spirit, cooperation and hard work.
Once, we had a very interesting cricket match between India and Pakistan. Ajay Jadeja was the captain of the Indian team. It was a limited-over one-day cricket match and played in Feroze Shah Kotla ground, New Delhi. Both teams were equally good and the match was evenly poised.
The match began at 9 A.M. with the toss of the coin. Umpire tossed the coin and India won the toss. India decided to bat first. Our openers played good strokes and played cautiously Pakistani opening bowlers were Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram. Sourav Ganguly hit couples of boundaries and scored 40 runs before he was caught by the bowler himself in follow through.
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The other opener Ramesh was also out when our score was 70 runs. He made just 20 runs. He was replaced by our captain Ajay Jadeja. He played delightful cricket and sent the ball flashing to all parts of the ground. He scored 62 runs off 52 balls. He was caught out by the mid-wicket fielder. Rahul Dravid played four down and played steadily but a very clever ball deceived him and he was bowled out for 30 runs.
The tail- enders played well and India reached a respectable total of 250 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs. Then there was lunch.
The Pakistan team started well and played positive cricket. There was an opening partnership of 80 valuable runs between Shahid Afridi and Shahid Anwar. These 80 runs were made in just 15 overs. Anwar was out at a respectable score of 50 runs. Then came Injmam-ul-Haq. He was playing good strokes and hit three consecutive boundaries in an over of Sunil Joshi before he was given L.B.W. out. It made him disappointed. Thereafter their middle-order batsmen collapsed like nine pins at regular intervals.
They were at one stage only 140 runs for 5 wickets. So tight and well balanced was our bowling. Kumble took two wickets. There was great cheer and clapping from the crowd.
But the lower-order batsmen of the Pakistani team played steadily and scored runs fast in twos and ones. Boundaries were few and far between. They took the score to 225 in 46 overs and 5 balls and had lost 7 wickets.
There was a lot of excitement and fortunes fluctuated at regular intervals. But then our medium fasters Srinath and Agarkar did exceedingly well and the rivals were all out for 240 runs in 48-2 overs. Indians were over joyed. Anil Kumble was declared ‘man of the match’ for his brilliant spin bowling and for scoring 20 valuable runs.
A Cricket Match
Essay No. 01
Last year we played a match which I will long to remember. It was played at the invitation of famous Cantonment Cricket Eleven.
We reached the Cantonment Club. George, the skipper of the other teams shook hands with our captain. He led the party to the field. Our captain lost the toss. We then our positions in the field. Near the stumps lay the red ball.
The batting began. Stout long man came in to bat. He played for a few minutes only and was then caught. One wicket was down with no runs! We were all so excited. Was the opposite team going to be defeated so easily? Presently the second batsman appeared. His very first stroke showed him a skilled player. His batting was firm and swift. He began piling up runs. We did not lose heart. We changed our bowlers, alternating fast one with slow ones. At last our best bowler, Raj came forward. With his second ball he took the batsman by surprise. Before the batsman could strike the ball, it had clean struck one of the stumps.
The batting continued, but no other player of the opposite team played so well as the second. They paled a good game but our bowlers proved too strong for them. The sixth batsman seemed to be in good form. He added considerably to the score. The Cantonment team were all out by lunch hour. The score stood at 207.
Lunch being over, the referee gave a whistle. The players stood in the field again. Now our side went in to bat. Our first batsman made a poor start a poor start. After cutting a fastball or two he seemed to lose his grip on the bat. He could not score many runs. Our two wickets fell in quick succession. Cricket is a game of chance. So we thought it was too early to lose hope. As Ramesh, one of our best batsmen, went forward, we hoped he would recover lost ground. He started well, brought the score to 50 , but then a fast ball struck him on the face. He was carried away unconscious from the fields.
After brief interruption the game was resumed, our side went on batting, raising the score shanty our eighth batsman proved the hero of the day. With great confidence he hit back every ball for full two hours. He scored a century and twenty runs. Our score had already exceeded that of the opposite team. Before the stumps were drawn our captain declared at 375. The last man was not out.
Essay No. 2
A Cricket Match
A Cricket Test match is a great show anywhere in the world. Thousands of men, women and children go to see it with pleasure; and millions more watch it on the television sets. It has become the number one game throughout the world. The international cricketers are the heroes of the present day. They attract enormous crowds millions of dollars by way of advertisements throughout the world. These events are sponsored by the top –most companies of the world to earn a name and advertise their goods. The stadiums where the cricket is played are places worth- seeing. They are provided with all the modern sophisticated equipment to ensure full safety and proper telecast of the event throughout world live. The cricketers are treated state guests and the sponsors give out lots of prizes and awards to the outstanding performers in the game.
There are very few people who are not interested in the game. The young and the old, women and children equally take interest in watching cricket. It has given rise to a strange cricket culture. Lots of young boys dream to become successful cricketers and devote all their time and energy to learn the skills of batting and blowing. Even women cricketers are showing their talents overboard. There are regular women cricket clubs which give enough chances to young girls to enter the field of cricket. Soon there will be International women cricket matches held as the competitions are already being held on the national level. India has also produced many renowned cricketers who have proved their worth no less than the best cricketers of the world.
Whenever there is an international cricket match held in any Indian city the whole city wears a festive look. There is nothing except cricket everywhere. Almost all the roads lead to the cricket field. The work in all private and Government offices comes almost to a stop. The students of schools and colleges go for a voluntary holiday and try to get a seat among the spectators or watch the events on the televisions. The police and the security personnel have to face very hard time in controlling mobs outside the stadium. The event turns to be much more joyful if the host team turns to be victorious. The joy of the people knows no bounds. The Indian cricketers are welcomed by bursting lots of crackers and even the illuminations, at night. There are long discussions on all the households. Bus- stops restaurants and the like about the performers are praised beyond limits. There is always a hero of the day in a particular cricket match. He can be either a bowler or a batsman and he is called “the man of the match”. Unfortunately some negative trends have cropped up in this money by some vested interests to deliberately lose their game. This called “Match – Fixing”. This unusual activity has been recently unearthed and some very famous players have been found involved. This has lowered the status of the game and the players too much. Let us see how the development affects the prestige of the game.
Essay No. 03
A Cricket Match
I am the Captain of my school cricket team. Our school arranged a learned coach a few months ago to groom our team in the art of Playing. Accordingly. I can boast with humility that our team is quite prepared to match any other cricket team in this area of our State.
Lest anybody should deem my assertion an empty boast, I here describe a match which our team played with a rival team recently.
It is a matter of just Sunday last. I had invited the team of the local government school to play a friendly match with our school team. The match was played in our school playground. Our team won the toss. We decided to bat first. All the players on both sides and the umpires and the referee took up their positions.
The referee blew the whistle and the match started. Our openers Punk and Amit reached the pitch with beaming faces. As the first ball was thrown by the bowler, Praveen, Punit sent the ball swirling towards the boundary. Clearly, it was a fourer. The playground which was packed to capacity, resounded with applause.
In this way, Punit amassed thirty six runs. There was suddenly a note of dismay when he was caught out by Keshev of the rival team. Amit , however, continued. He played slowly and continuously. He scored 29 runs before he was bowled out.
Before lunch our team had scored 202 runs in all in 40 overs. After lunch, the rival team started batting. Our team realized that the rival team was not that weak as we had thought them to be. Soon, they scored 53 runs.
My mates began to show the signs of getting unnerved. But I bucked them up. I also brushed up fielding by changing the players. Suddenly, our crack bowler, Sandeep, showed his mettle when he felled down four wickets in quick succession.
The rival team crashed like a house of cards and finished at 172 in 37 overs. We won the match. All the team members hugged one another. There was rejoicing all around as the place hummed with the slogans ! “Hurrah !” “Hurrah !”