To spend time in another place means to soak up as much of the place’s culture as possible. This is often achieved by mingling with the locals and simulating their everyday lives. Dining, working, playing and doing as the locals do authenticate the understanding of their way of life. As such, there is no better way to develop a deeper appreciation for Chennai culture than by taking part in the extremely popular game of cricket in Chennai.
While the games of tennis, hockey, squash and kabaddi are also popular in Chennai, nothing beats a game of cricket at generating excitement and thrill in the hearts of sports enthusiasts. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game said to have originated in England and brought to India during the 20th century. It is played between two teams of eleven players on a field. To win a match, a team must score more runs than the opponent. This is achieved through gaining points by running across the field called a pitch. The batsman has to successfully hit the ball with a bat to be able to start running. Failure to do so get the batsman dismissed and no points are awarded.
The skill to play cricket, being one of the most popular sports in Chennai, is methodically developed in the youth of Chennai. The sport is given much attention and efforts are made to build excellent cricket teams. A great number of cricketers who have been the pride of India and have been recognized as the finest cricket players in the world are from Chennai. Indeed, Chennai takes cricket very seriously, even building venues for the sport such as the MA Chidambaram Stadium (MAC) and the Chemplast Cricket Ground. The MAC was built in 1916 making it one of the oldest cricket stadiums in India. It is also the headquarters of Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
If one prefers to sharpen their batting skills before playing in the field, the Cricketorium would be a perfect choice of practice arena. There would be no need for a partner to throw (bowl) balls to bat. A bowling machine may be adjusted to specific batting preferences and prizes are given to guests who are able to break records. The Cricketorium is located at 67A, Kilpauk Garden Road, Chennai, just across the cemetery. However, if one would prefer to be with groups looking for a chance to play with locals, a large number of cricket academies may also be found in and around Chennai. One may take a pick from the well-known academies such as Asiatic Cricket Academy, St. Bede’s Sports Foundation, and Kedernath Cricket Academy, to try their hand at the sport.
Certainly, any activity promoting tremendous and unbiased sportsmanship to the highest standard is worth undertaking. Cricket is precisely one such activity. To play with people who are equally passionate about the essence of the game is very rewarding. When in the city, it is surely worthwhile to experience the spirit of cricket in Chennai.