Unseen Passage: Cricket

Cricket grew out of many stick and ball games played in England about 500 years ago. The word ‘bat’ is an old English word which simply means a club or a stick. By the seventeenth century, cricket had evolved enough to be recognised as a distinct game. Till the middle of the eighteenth century, bats were roughly of the same shape as hockey sticks, curving outwards at the bottom. There was a simple reason for this, the ball was bowled underarm, along the ground and the curve at the end of the bat gave the batsman the best chance of making a contact.

Answer the following questions:

  1. How did the game of cricket come into being?
  2. What does the word ‘bat’ actually mean?
  3. What were the shapes of bats of the eighteenth century?
  4. How was the ball bowled in the eighteenth century?
  5. Give the word that means the opposite of: (a) Simple (b) Bottom

Answer

  1. Cricket grew out of many stick and ball games played in England about 500 years ago.
  2. The word ‘bat’ actually means a club or a stick.
  3. Bats were of the shape of hockey stick in the eighteenth century, curving outwards at the bottom.
  4. The ball was bowled underarm along the ground.
  5. (a) Complicated/Tough (b) Top.

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