Cricket example sentences



The teams that played colonial India s greatest and most famous first-class cricket tournament did not represent regions, as teams in today s Ranji Trophy currently do, but religious communities.Since India had the largest viewership for the game amongst the cricket-playing nations and the largest market in the cricketing world, the game s centre of gravity shifted to South Asia.Modern cricket is dominated by Tests and one-day internationals, played between national teams.Cricket is a batsman s game because its rules were made to favour Gentlemen , who did most of the batting.It was the English lead in trade and industry that made Britain the world s greatest power, but it suited the English ruling class to believe that it was the superior character of its young men, built in boarding schools, playing gentlemanly games like cricket, that tipped the balance.While some English team games like hockey and football became international games, played all over the world, cricket remained a colonial game, limited to countries that had once been part of the British empire.A Parsi team beat the Bombay Gymkhana at cricket in 1889, just four years after the foundation of the Indian National Congress in 1885, an organisation that was lucky to have amongst its early leaders the great Parsi statesman and intellectual Dadabhai Naoroji.Crucially, Packer drove home the lesson that cricket was a marketable game, which could generate huge revenues.Brought into close contact with the British because of their interest in trade and the first Indian community to westernise, the Parsis founded the first Indian cricket club, the Oriental Cricket Club, in Bombay in 184 Parsi clubs were funded and sponsored by Parsi businessmen like the Tatas and the Wadias.While many important changes occurred during the nineteenth century (the rule about wide balls was applied, the exact circumference of the ball was specified, protective equipment like pads and gloves became available, boundaries were introduced where previously all shots had to be run and, most importantly, overarm bowling became legal) cricket remained a pre-industrial sport that matured during the early phase of the Industrial Revolution, the late eighteenth century.Since India had the largest viewership for the game amongst the cricket-playing nations and the largest market in the cricketing world, the game s centre of gravity shifted to South Asia.But in the matter of protective equipment, cricket has been influenced by technological change.The 1970s were the decade in which cricket was transformed: it was a time when a traditional game evolved to fit a changing world.In fact, there was a quarrel between the Bombay Gymkhana, a whites-only club, and Parsi cricketers over the use of a public park.Even after Indian independence kick-started the disappearance of the British empire, the regulation of international cricket remained the business of the Imperial Cricket Conference ICC.

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