There is no gainsaying that among all the games we Indians play (no pun on the word), Cricket continues to hold sway even among children whose goal appears to be becoming another Sachin. Unfortunately with an increase in Apartment complexes leaving no space for children to play out door games, private lanes serve as their field and ours is no exception. Children of all ages eagerly look forward to their holidays for a breath of fresh air and make their foray into their favourite game.
Our lane which is generally quiet and peaceful with only the residents’ cars dashing in and out of it suddenly bubbles with life and we know the whole neighbourhood children are having their practice sessions! They form a perfect eleven, their ages ranging from three and fifteen.
When I thought only school boys are crazy after this popular game, I was surprised to notice a new team appearing with their bats and balls and found a few girls constituting it. Also they appeared much younger, the oldest couldn’t have crossed even six. I felt probably a female counterpart to the icon of cricket is in the making!
Meera Raghavendra Rao