The Story of Cricket – NCERT Solutions

Q. Cricket is originally a/an

  1. Indian game
  2. British game
  3. International game

Mark the right answer.

Ans. Cricket is originally a British game.

Q. “There is a historical reason behind both these oddities.” In the preceding two paragraphs, find two words/phrases that mean the same as ‘oddities’.

Answer

  1. Peculiarities
  2. Curious characteristics.

Q. How is a cricket bat different from a hockey stick?

Ans. A hockey stick is curved at the bottom while the cricket bat is flat and broad.

Q. Write True or False against each of the following sentences.

  1. India joined the world of Test Cricket before Independence.
  2. The colonisers did nothing to encourage the Parsis in playing cricket.
  3. Palwankar Baloo was India’s first Test captain.
  4. Australia played its first Test against England as a sovereign nation.

Answer

  1. True
  2. True
  3. False
  4. False

Q. A ‘professional’ cricket player is one who makes a living by playing cricket. Find the opposite of ‘professional’ in the last paragraph.

Ans. Amateur

Q. In “the triumph of the one-day game”, ‘triumph’ means the one-day game’s

  1. superiority to Test cricket.
  2. inferiority to Test cricket.
  3. achievement and success over Test cricket.
  4. popularity among viewers.

Mark the right answer.

Ans. popularity among viewers.

Q. “…the men for whom the world is a stage”.

  1. It refers to the famous cricket fields in the world.
  2. It means that there are many cricket playing countries in the world.
  3. It implies that cricketers are like actors and every cricket ground is like a stage on which the drama of cricket is enacted the world over.

Mark the right answer.

Ans. It implies that cricketers are like actors and every cricket ground is like a stage on which the drama of cricket is enacted the world over.

Q. Name some stick-and-ball games that you have witnessed or heard of.

Ans. Hockey, baseball, golf.

Q. The Parsis were the first Indian community to take to cricket. Why?

Ans. Because they were the first Indian community to adopt western ways and lifestyle.

Q. The rivalry between the Parsis and the Bombay Gymkhana had a happy ending for?

Ans. It refers to the beating of Bombay Gymkhana by a Parsi cricket team in 1889.

Q. Do you think cricket owes its present popularity to television? Justify your answer?

Ans. Yes. Telecast of cricket matches has greatly increased the number of viewers in distant places. There is now a global market for cricket.

Q. Why has cricket a large viewership in India, not in China or Russia?

Ans. Cricket is not a popular game in communist countries like China or Russia. So very few people watch Test matches there.

Q. What do you understand by the game’s (cricket) ‘equipment’?

Ans. The ‘equipment’ refers to the things required to play the game. Bats, balls, stumps are tools, whereas pads and gloves and helmets are protective equipment.

Q. How is Test Cricket a unique game in many ways?

Ans. Cricket is unique in the sense that a test match can go on for five days and still ends in a draw. Another strange feature of cricket is the playground. It can be of any size. Only the length of the pitch is specified.

Q. How is cricket different from other team games?

Ans. Cricket is different from other team games because it goes on for a longer time. Secondly, it has a variety like Test Cricket, One-day International and now even twenty-over cricket.

Q. How have advances in technology affected the game of cricket?

Ans. The invention of vulcanized rubber made possible the use of pads.Satellites have also enlarged the reach of telecast of matches.

Q. Explain how cricket changed with changing times and yet remained unchanged in some ways.

Ans. Earlier the bat was made of one piece, today it has a separate blade and handle. However, cricket’s most important equipments are still handmade. Its roots still remain true to the origin in rural England.

Q. Add -ly to the italicised word in each sentence. Rewrite the sentence using the new word. See the exmples first.

  1. It is obvious that the work has not been done in a proper way.
  2. He made the statement in a firm manner.
  3. The job can be completed within a week in an easy way.
  4. You did not play in a serious manner, or else you would have won the match.
  5. She recited the poem in a cheerful manner.

Answer

  1. It is obvious that the work has not been done properly.
  2. He made the statement firmly.
  3. The job can be completed within a week easily.
  4. You did not play seriously, or else you would have won the match.
  5. She recited the poem cheerfully.

Q. Use the following phrases appropriately in place of the italicised words in the sentences given below.

as a matter of fact. we had better, see to it, by accident, as well

  1. Actually, I didn’t intend to come to your place. I reached here without planning.
  2. Sunil, there’s a letter for you in today’s post. There’s one for me also.
  3. Everybody thought I had composed the poem. The truth is my younger sister did it.
  4. The doctor told the patient to make sure that he took his pills on time.
  5. It will be better for us to plan our trip before setting out.

Answer

  1. Actually, I didn’t intend to come to your place. I reached here by accident.
  2. Sunil, there is a letter for you in today’s post. There’s one for me as well.
  3. Everybody thought I had composed the poem. As a matter of fact, my younger sister did it.
  4. The doctor told the patient to see to it that he took the pills on time.
  5. We had better plan our trip before setting out.

Q. Complete each of the following words using gh, ff or f. Then say each word clearly after your teacher.

  1. e__ort
  2. scru__
  3. __act
  4. rou__
  5. con__ess
  6. sti__ly
  7. lau__ing
  8. di__erence
  9. enou__
  10. sa__ety
  11. hal__
  12. _lush

Answer

  1. effort
  2. scruff
  3. fact
  4. rough
  5. confess
  6. stiffly
  7. laughing
  8. difference
  9. enough
  10. safety
  11. half
  12. flush

Q. Write two paragraphs describing a bus ride to watch a cricket match in a village.

Ans. Last Sunday I went to D.A.V. School playground to watch a cricket match. It was played between two-village teams. I went by bus to Sultanpur. It was a two-hour journey. The bus was overcrowded. I pushed my way and had to stand all the way. But the passengers were quite friendly and accommodating. They made room for me to sit. There was a fair close to the playground. The players were simple rustic boys. The scene was very much different from a match in the city or in One day International. They had made a rough pitch with makeshift stumps and a rubber ball. The match lasted four hours but was enjoyable.

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