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Indian Cricket- The Beginning




Cricket, the gentleman's game, is the unofficial national game of India. Though seems to be embedded in the life of country, it did not originate in India.

The origin of this game can be traced back to a place named Weald, near London. Initially played by the children of the farmers of the region, today it is the most popular sport after Soccer.

There are many beliefs regarding the etymology of the word. Some people believe it to be originated from a French word 'Crequet', meaning a Club while others think it to be derived from an English word 'Crycc'. The game took around 4 centuries to reach India. British brought this game to India in the 17th century.

The records show that the first ever cricket match in India was played in 1721 AD. Initially accepted by the Parsi community, this game of foreigners began to appear in organized form with the establishment of the 'Oriental Cricket Club' in 1848.

This cricket club of Mumbai marked the beginning of interest of Indian people in cricket. The first official cricket match was played between Parsis and Europeans in 1877 AD. Till late 19th century people of this country did not open their hearts to the game.

The popularity of the game started building up among the Indian people when some of the Indians such as Sir Ranjitisinhji and Sir Duleepsinhji started playing cricket for English cricket team in 1900s. Their cricket score helped to raise the interest and prestige of the game among Indians




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