Playing Cricket II


In addition to various grounds in school or the university, people used to play cricket a lot on the ghats. There are broad flat spaces on various ghats along Gangaji that provide ideal spots for playing cricket. Starting from Assi Ghat and moving towards Dashashwamedh Ghat, I remember the ghats on which the locals, and an occasional foreigner, play cricket regularly: Nishadraj Ghat, Shivala Ghat, Chauki Ghat, Chaumsatti Ghat, and Rana Mahal Ghat (this one I’m a little confused about). A typical “ground” on a ghat, as in Chowki Ghat’s image above, is paved with stone slabs. The iron railing to the right and a wall to the left, that’s not in the image, make two natural side boundaries that may remind one of the Himalayas and Indian Ocean making two natural boundaries of the playground of life called India.

Every evening, boys and men of the neighbourhood assemble at their favourite pitch to play their favourite game. One thing must be mantioned here, I’ve never seen football or hockey or even kabaddi being played here. The stone slabs aren’t good for them, maybe.

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