Gully cricket or Street cricket would have been an integral part of almost every cricketing fan on the crust of this biome. I hope you would have also played someday or the other. This form of cricket is very much helpful for an individual in improving his/her cricket. As this game is played in a gully or street it restricts the batsman from hitting big hits that may shatter the panes of the neighborhood and forces to stick to grounded shots. This also makes the bowler stick to good line and length or he may go for runs easily.
Though this game has many restrictions but it’s too very entertaining. This is a place where players used to plays unique shots to put runs on the board. On willful days, matches become so interesting that both teams start doing useless stuffs like sledging, quarreling for runs or wickets.
These rules are almost same in every gully or street cricket arena.
Ø Very fast deliveries are not allowed, the bowler needs to bowl medim fast or spin.
Ø As played in a gully or street, if the ball hits the side walls then it will be considered as 2 runs.
Ø Straight boundary is set only for four and six.
Ø If the ball directly drops inside anyone’s house aside after hitting, then the batsman is out.
Ø If the ball strikes the ground or wall of the house before going inside, then it is not out.
Ø Depending upon the dimension of the street, number of fielders is assigned. If it is a short boundary then less fielders will field and if long then more but not more than 7 fielders.
Ø Stump Out, Catch Out, Bowled, Run Out all types of dismissals are considered except LBW.
Ø The Umpire should be of the team which is currently batting.
Ø A boundary is set behind the wicket keeper, if the ball beats the wicket keeper and crosses the boundary then it will be four.
Ø In street cricket, after the captains are decided the team is divided with the call of the captains for players alternately (1st Captain chooses one player for his team then the 2ndCaptain is given the chance to choose for his team) .
Ø A time is set for all the players to reach. If any player becomes late and the match starts then he has to wait for the next match.
Ø If the total number of players is in odd number and can’t be divided equally within the two teams then the player remaining after the selection of both the team is considered has COMMON. This common player can only bat and field. Bowling is not allowed for COMMON.
Ø Only one bounce is allowed in one over
Ø Here batsman can appeal against pace balls.
Ø There can be many more peculiar rules depending upon the area in which the game is being played. For Example- hitting a particular tree after bouncing is considered 2 and directly hitting it is out.
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I have been playing gully cricket since my childhood. My experience in this is very vast and I love playing in streets rather than in fields. I started playing cricket in the backyard of my house with my elder brother. My father used to join us few times because he even loved playing there. We had the same rule as given above. I still continue to carry this legacy of joy forward as it gives immense pleasure to children as well as grown ups. The thing which has changed right from the first delivery I faced in Gully Cricket till the date today is the technique of playing proper ground shots.
Yes in this gully cricket more number of matches can be played and all these matches r always being very intersting to play.
Yes true. Every match gets a awesome ending.
I like your all post. You have done really good work . Thank you for the information you provide, it helped me a lot. I hope to have many more entries or so from you.
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