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5 reasons why gully cricket is so popular in India

Deeptesh Sen
4.23K   //    14 Oct 2015, 05:15 IST

#2 Making the best use of available resources

Gully Cricket
Gully cricket can be quite challenging with makeshift bats and several close-in fielders

Gully cricket is unique because it can be played anywhere and with any number of players. Sometimes there are so many fielders that it becomes challenging to find a gap in the outfield. Sometimes, if the number of players are uneven, the youngest is often bullied to field for both the teams.  

It is a fascinating form of the game where rules can be stretched and modified depending on the circumstances and the location. Bricks can be piled up on each other to act as stumps and even broomsticks can be used as makeshift bats at times.

The last-man rule also allows one batsman to carry on batting even after all the other players in his team have been dismissed and there is no other batsman at the non-striker's end. Since lbw was not considered a legal form of dismissal, bowlers will often threaten the batsmen with dire consequences if their stance guard too much of the stumps. There is thus a rule for everything to make the best possible use of the resources available.