Gully Cricket Season!

After recent events in the world of cricket, it’s that time of the year again, when Sundays are reserved for playing gully cricket! šŸ˜€

I have always been a cricketer, training under Brijesh Patel and Anil Kumble at the BPCA, starting at the tender age of 12. Now, it’s been almost three years since I held a bat in my hand and played the game, and yesterday, it was back to basics! In front of my house, there’s a good 20 yards of space to play cricket in, and when we were still young, innocent kids, the entire compound got together to play. I learnt how to play the game here, in front of my house, and yesterday, I walked down memory lane again.

I bought a tennis ball and dusted my old bat and coaxed my terrorist brother to abandon his studies and play with me. We started playing something called “short cricket” where the batsman can become out with a “pitch catch” and by hitting the ball out of the compound. We played for nearly three hours, with a cousin of ours, who stays close by also joining in. šŸ˜€

I had almost forgotten the quirky little things like calling out “Ball, please!” to passers by, whenever the ball went out of the gate and on to the main road; calling out “Fast Appeal!” whenever the ball missed my bat and hit the wicket; refusing to give up my wicket unless there was hard evidence that the ball hit the makeshift wicket; running behind the ball trying to prevent it from reaching the other end of the compound for a boundary; and all the other funny little things that kids do when they play cricket. šŸ˜€

We reminisced about the time when cricket in our compound was a major event – kids from all over the neighborhood would come to play here, we once had installed a 60-watt bulb through some very ingenious engineering and played through the night – our very own version of floodlight cricket! šŸ˜€

Oh, those were the days! We stopped playing when I hit the ball out of the gate and it landed inside a passing auto and the auto guy never realized it and drove away with the tennis ball inside! Bastard! šŸ˜€

Image Courtesy: The Hindu

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

27 thoughts on “Gully Cricket Season!

  1. damn you make seem so old…lol,i too used to play…but well i hate cricket now….got pissed off with the game..

  2. @Nita
    Yeah! It was great fun! šŸ˜€

    What to do? We are all growing old! šŸ˜€

    hehehe… yeah, what to do!? šŸ˜€

  3. you just reminded me of the cricket we used to play in recess hours in school. Since we hit and broke a couple of glasses of school windows, the principal banned bats in the play ground in recess. But were we detered?

    NO,not at all! we played with the tennis ball and the fist… šŸ™‚ you read it correctly, with our fists! šŸ™‚

    and we used to hit sixes (!) with that! ah, that was fun!
    …… i am daydreaming! šŸ˜€

  4. @Sakhi
    hahahaha!!! I remember our recess periods in school.. We used to play so much of cricket! Ah, good old days! šŸ˜€

  5. man…u made me nostalgic its nearly 3 years since i touched bat too..
    i have played all versions of game from normal one to the one u told…( even book cricket )

    the short version of cricket that is gu;lly cricet was much more interesting and exciting one..
    i want those days back šŸ˜¦

  6. that phunny…am starting the gully cricket schedule from tomorrow as my BE is over šŸ˜€

  7. lol, that was fun huh?
    i used to join ma friends when I was a kid in the game of cricket( i dont like it, but then everyone was playing it) and we had a small river flowing near our playground (which was a rubber plantation :), the owner would be fuming each time westarted playing) and the ball would always go in the river and then we had to jump into the river to retrieve it.
    that part of it was fun !

  8. Dude awesome post.. you’ve stole my thoughts! šŸ™‚

    yesterday was walking to an ATM near my house to get some cash.. there were few kids playing cricket on street..
    this batsman guy hit the ball across, i was walking down watching them.. i as ball came in my direction i kinda leaped and took the catch.. šŸ™‚

    was a great feeling as all those kids applauded šŸ™‚

    then i was thinking of posting about my cricket playing days.. unfortunately you did it earlier šŸ˜¦

    anyways.. great post.. we’ll play cricket when we catch up, i’ll take your catch not letting it to go into an auto šŸ˜‰

  9. u know i wanted to play cricket,but the guys in school never gave us the bat šŸ˜¦ n mane hatra ,we were a bunch of 3-4 girls,we never had a cricket bat šŸ˜¦ boo hooo,tats y i probably find it boring on tv now šŸ˜¦

  10. @Arvind
    Hehehe… Book Cricket! LOl… I miss that! There was one more thing we used to play, it was called the atlas game… searching out places in an atlas… know that one? it was great fun! šŸ™‚

    hahahaha!! yeah, we’ve had our share of nasty neighbors too.. In retrospect, its always so funny to remember those days when uncle or auntie next door would come screaming… But back then, we used to cry and make a fuss about it,,, šŸ™‚

    Oh man, you’re tempting me now!! See, there’re already a lot of ideas for the bloggers’ meet in bangalore… Why can’t we go one step firther from the other cities and organize a cricket match!!?? We can do it, macha! It’s gonna be fun!! Lemme know when you can meet me so we’ll sit and discuss this! šŸ˜€

    hehehe… sorry, I was one of such guys in my school days where i used to fight with girls and not give them bat or ball… hehehe… But come on, its ok.. you’re never too old for cricket! šŸ˜€
    And yeah, the nuber of tags does seem a bit too much! šŸ˜€

  11. @ Meg

    We also never had bat, but for entirely another reason. The principal was so bugged with our httings that he baaned the bat in the recesshours! šŸ˜¦

    And were we detered? NOOOOOOO

    We started to play with fists… šŸ˜€

    That was fun… Ah what days!

    @ Nikhil

    I am day dreaming again! šŸ™‚

  12. @ nikhil
    no i dint place that kind of atlas..but we polayer our own version..we used to play atlas like antankshari..
    telling a place name from the last letter of previous word…
    then also like that with cricketers names šŸ˜›

  13. dude…. u reminded me of my gud ‘ol days…when we used to try our best to hit the ball with that ‘special shot’ so that it reaches the house of the most beautiful gal in the colony !!! u know the cricket we played was great…. but the charm was in going to get the ball back šŸ™‚

  14. Impressed macha- you got good training eh! Yes gully Cricket has itso wn charm…..we use to have crazy rules like one tip out and if the bowl touched any window then it was 4 and if touched any car it was 6!! Lolz…..Sad though my elder cousins always made me the umpire!!

  15. Impressed macha- you got good training eh! Yes gully Cricket has its own charm…..we had crazy rules like one tip out and if the bowl touched any window then it was 4 and if touched any car it was 6!! heheeh Lolz…..Sad though my elder cousins always made me the umpire!!

  16. Same story with all guys huh ??!

    I too wouldn’t mind playing but as Meghs said…theres no one for company ! šŸ˜¦ Damn !! Thats that thing with you guys…you can go to any part of the city and join any fools and play with ’em any time !! Baah !!

  17. @Nik – This reminds me of cricket we used to play after every exams. The writing pad was the bat and handkerchief with stones tied in it used to be the ball. šŸ˜€ A bit downmarket but we werent allowed bats and balls during exams šŸ™‚

    3 weeks back, we played in my community here with other Indian guys and an American kid – damn it was so funny. He used to swing the bat like baseball bat – but he was better than my friend Shankar šŸ˜€ šŸ˜›

  18. @Sakhi
    Go on, go on… It’s very good to day dream… šŸ˜€

    Not really… They’ll be cheering me from beyond the boundary! šŸ˜€

    Welcome to MirrorCracked! hehehe…. Well, cricket is the unofficial national sport of India… šŸ˜€

    Yeah, I know… Thos games were always so much fun.. I think we used to call if “word antakshari”… šŸ˜€

  19. @Tara Prasad
    hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i know.. We used to hit the ball to the grumpiest neighbor in the world and cry and plead and beg with him to get the ball back.. Unfortunately no cute chicks statyed close!

    Hahahaha!!! Umpire, huh? Interesting… I had a cousin, and she was always impressed by this fast bowler called Waqar younis… She wanted to bowl like him but we always made her the umpire.. so she got fed up and went home! šŸ˜€

    Is that such a bad thing? Look at it this way… The game is a great unifier of people… šŸ˜€

    hahahaha!!! I know… playing cricket with someone who doesn’t know it is gonna be so much fun! We can make up rules as we go along and he won’t even suspect it… like, “Strip after 4 overs” and “buy the opposition team lunch after 20 overs!” and so on..!! šŸ˜€

  20. @ Nikhil- Ah morons…….you bro are such weirdos i tell you…..Umpring is so freaking boring stuff…they manipualted me always….the bros with heavier frame meant trouble and I never gave them out!

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