Galli Cricket: The Untold Story

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Galli Cricket: The Untold Story

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza/ Arré


acing around the driveway with sugary enthusiasm, a handful of pre-teen half-pints would discuss the merits of Kashmir Willow versus the English kind, holding a BDM bat, or maybe an SS or SG (Slazenger if they were rich).

Accompanying the bat would be a couple of tennis balls – colloquially called “Cosco”, after the brand name, or “kirmich”, after the material (allegedly) – while there’d be a makeshift wicket, usually stumps drawn on the wall using chalk embezzled from school.