Keep those games alive!

Children are inventive, original and very messy. As they get older they start losing these nice qualities. Some manage to hold on. This is what I am trying to do with this blog. My brother - a great inventor of games - kept most of my childhood happily occupied with his original games. This blog started out as a way to keep those games alive. Do read the first few posts to enter his wonderful world. Reader contributions welcome :)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

101 ways to play cricket - Part 2

This one is all about Innovation.

Have badminton racket, but in the mood for cricket? No problem. Just play "French Cricket", as suggested by Arun Iyer, of Iyer Education. (Why French, Iyer?) To score runs, just rotate the racket around you. This is all Iyer Ed has to say, woefully short of the details. But does that faze me? Not a chance. Years of cooking up stuff for my exam papers comes back to me - time to see if the old skill still remains.
I assume even the bowler has a badminton racket with which to launch the shuttlecock - merely tossing it is no fun at all. So the batsman hits it, and furiously starts rotating the racket till the shuttlecock comes back. If he can't hit it, he's OUT! (Is that the way it goes, Iyer?)

Have a football, a cricket bat and no one to play with except a baby who can't quite throw? No problem. Get baby to kick the football, and hit with bat :)

Have nothing, but still want to play cricket? Adi, of delhidreams to the rescue. Crumple up newspapers, squeeze them very tightly with the help of rubber bands and you have a cricket ball! He says it comes to shape after a few beatings. For water-proof version, just wrap some polythene over it.

Now for the bat. Just use - anything!!! (Long notebook, table tennis or badminton racquet, bare hands) But the best one, he says was his mother's cloth-beating wooden 'thapi' - Perfect shape, size and necessary solidity.

And here's something a kid I know used to do - Having outgrown the hollow plastic bat bought off a roadside vendor, but not possessing a proper bat yet, this is what the kid did: Sliced the top off the handle of the bat, stuffed it with shredded paper, poured water in and left it in the sun for a day to let the paper harden. I am assured that great results were obtained.


Blogger Bharath Hemachandran said...

first!!! Btw Veena. You can play paper cricket just like you can play the football thing I sent u.

Only you draw a cricket pitch with stumps and a bat in front of the wicket instead of the goals.

Bowler bowls by taking a pencil, snapping it with one finger at the top of the pencil to make a mark on the paper. The mark then will determine if it's a legal ball or a wide ball. Wide ball of course means batting team gets a run. Legal ball means you have to determine where the ball would have hit the drawn bat.

Then from that point the "batsman" uses a pencil the same way that the bowler would to score a run. Of course the bowler will position the fielders on the "field" in the form of circles. If the shot from the bat goes to a fielder, the batsman is out. :)

each team gets 5 overs to bat/bowl. Highest scorer wins.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Obi Wan said...

Me 2nd(and not just technically) :-)

12:06 AM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

God.. competition everywhere..!! Me 3rd.

1:45 AM  
Blogger iyer education said...

french becoz that was the only foreign language known to us during school days and swahili wasnt too popular then as it is now ;)...

all other rules of cricket follow...
missing to hit = out
caught = out
shuttle hitting the leg (thrown by the bowler to run out) while rotating the racket = out

and lastly, the bowler doesnt have a racket ;)

3:06 AM  
Blogger Cloudy said...

Hey Bharath, thanks for taking the trouble to type this out :-)

@Obi, Sunshine: :-)

@Iyer: Enlightened! LOL, I like the shuttle hitting leg. Should it be leg precisely? And nooooo it can't be...bowler doesn't have racket???

1:15 PM  
Blogger White Forest said...

hmm looks like you are cricket buff!

8:21 PM  
Blogger adi said...

veena ke yahan der hai andher nahin!!!

8:44 AM  
Blogger Cloudy said...

@WhiteForest: Not a cricket buff really, in all honesty. Cricket was just a big part of growing up, as with any other kid in India, so nothing unique about me there :)

@adi: Told you that I didn't forget!

2:14 PM  
Blogger adi said...

thanks veena ;)

8:45 AM  
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