CHECK (NCERT Page 143)
- Cricket is originally a/an
(i) Indian game.
(iii) International game.
(ii) British game.
Mark the right answer.
Ans. (ii) a British game.
- “There is a historical reason behind both these oddities.” In the preceding two paragraphs, find two words/phrases that mean the same as ‘oddities’.
Ans. (i) peculiarities (ii) curious characteristic
- How is a cricket bat different from a hockey stick?
Ans. A cricket bat is thick and flat while a hockey stick is bent at the bottom.
CHECK (NCERT Page 146)
- Write True or False against each of the following sentences.
(i) India joined the world of Test cricket before independence.
(ii) The colonisers did nothing to encourage the Parsis in playing cricket.
(iii) Palwankar Baloo was India’s first Test captain.
(iv) Australia played its first Test against England as sovereign nation.
Ans. (i) True (ii) True (iii) False (iv) False
CHECK (NCERT Page 148)
- A ‘professional’ cricket player is one who makes a living by playing cricket. Find the opposite of ‘professional’ in the last paragraph.
- In “the triumph of the one-day game”, ‘triumph’ means the one-day game’s
(i) superiority to Test cricket
(ii) inferiority to Test cricket.
(iii) achievement or success over Test cricket.
(iv) popularity among viewers.
Mark the right answer.
Ans. (iv) Popularity among viewers
- “…………. the men for whom the world is a stage”.
(i) It refers to the famous cricket fields in the world.
(ii) It means that there are many cricket playing countries in the world.
(iii) 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. (iii) 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.
Working with the Text
(NCERT Pages 148 and 149)
- Name some stick-and-ball games that you have witnessed or heard of.
Ans. Hockey, Polo, squash, golf.
- The Parsis were the first Indian community to take to cricket. Why?
Ans. Parsis were in the close contact with the British because of their interest in trade. They were the first Indian community to westernize and went up taking up the game of cricket.
- The rivalry between the Parsis and the Bombay Gymkhana had a happy ending for the former. What does ‘a happy ending’ refer to?
Ans. ‘Happy ending’ refers to the defeat of the Bombay Gymkhana by the Parsi club in a cricket match held in 1889.
- Do you think cricket owes its present popularity to television? Justify your answer.
Ans. Yes, cricket owes its popularity to television. It has expanded the audience of the game by taking cricket to villages and small town.
Children from these places now had the chance to learn the game seeing the international games and imitating their favourite cricketers.
- Why has cricket a large viewership in India, not in China or Russia?
Ans. Cricket is not played in communist countries like China and Russia so it has less viewership there. India is one of the oldest cricket playing nation which further adds to its large viewership in the country.
- What do you understand by the game’s (cricket) ‘equipment’?
Ans. The accessories like bat, ball, stumps and bells are the equipment used in playing the game. Pads, helmets and gloves are protective equipment used while playing cricket.
- How is Test cricket a unique game in many ways?
Ans. Test cricket is unique because it can go on for five days and still can end with a draw. No other game requires even half of this time to finish.
A football match is played for 90 minutes.
Even nine innings of a baseball match gets over less than what it takes to finish a one-day match.
- How is cricket different from other team games?
Ans. Cricket is different from other team games because in cricket, the length of the pitch is mentioned as 22 yards however, the shape of the ground could be oval or circular. There is no specific measurement for the size of the ground as well.
It is the only game palyed for five days and can end without a specific result. Unlike cricket, many other popular games like hockey or football follows certain specification for grounds.
- How have advances in technology affected the game of cricket?
Ans. Advancement in technology has been used in manufacturing protective equipment in cricket. The newly invented vulcanised rubber was used in pads and gloves. The helmets are made up of metal and lightweight synthetic materials.
- Explain how cricket changed with changing times and yet remained unchanged in some ways.
Ans. Do it yourself.
Working with Language
(NCERT Page 149)
- Word search
- Twelve words associated with cricket are hidden in this grid.
- Six can be found horizontally and remaining six vertically.”
- Two words have been found for you.
Clues to the hidden words are given below.
Ans. Horizontal six deliveries, four runs, attacked while out of arena, no result, stumps, fielder to the off-side of the wicketkeeper.
Vertical stumps flying, back to the pavilion, a lofty one, mid-air mishap, not even one out of six, goes with bat
Ans. Horizontal Over, Wicket, Boundary, Slip, Stumped, Draw
Vertical Six, Ball, Out, Maiden, Bowled, Caught
- Add-ly to the italicised word in each sentence. Rewrite the sentence using the new word. See the examples first.
- He runs between wickets as if his legs were Stiff.
He runs between wickets stiffly.
- Why did the batsman swing the hat in such a violent manner?
- Why did the batsman swing the bat so violently?
(i) It is obvious that the work has not been done in a proper way.
(ii) He made the statement in a firm manner.
(iii) The job can be completed within a week in an easy way.
(iv) You did not play in a serious manner or else you would have won the match.
(v) She recited the poem in a cheerful manner.
(i) properly (ii) firmly (iii) easily
(iv) seriously (v) cheerfully
- 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
(i) Actually, I didn’t intend to come to your place. I reached here without planning.
(ii) Sunil, there’s a letter for you in today’s post. There’s one for me also.
(iii) Everybody thought I had composed the poem. The truth is my younger sister did it.
(iv) The doctor told the patient to make sure that he took his pills on time.
(v) It will be better for us to plan our trip before setting out.
(i) by accident (ii) as well
(iii) as a matter of fact (iv) see to it
(v) we had better
Speaking and Writing (NCERT Page 151)
- Complete each of the following words using gh, ff or f.
Then say each word clearly after your teacher.
(i) e…… Ort (ii) ……act
(iii) con…..ess (iv) lau….ing
(v) enou….. (vi) hal…..
(vii) scru…… (viii) rou……
(ix) sti….ly (x) di……erence
(xi) sa….ety (xii) …..lush
(i) effort (vii) scruff
(ii) fact (viii) rough
(iii) confess (ix) stiffly
(iv) laughing (x) difference
(v) enough (xi) safety
(vi) half (xii) flush
- Write two paragraphs describing a bus ride to watch a cricket match in a village. Use the following points. Add some of your own.
- two hour journey by bus
- an old and crowded bus
- friendly passengers
- visit to a village fair where the match is to be played
- the match between two village teams
- makes shift stumps, rough pitch and a rubber ball.
- the match was enjoyable, but the trip was tiring.
Ans. A cricket match was organised in Muzaffarnagar last week. I went to watch the match alongwith my friend. I Ilive in Modinagar and Muzaffarnagar is two hours bus journey from my place. We caught a bus of Uttar Pradesh transportation from the bus depot near my place. It was an old and crowded bus. We didn’t get any seat and had to keep standing all through the journey. The passengers were mostly farmers from the nearby villages.
They were very simple and friendly. We were chatting with each other and cracking jokes. It was a long journey and the roads were very bad.
When we finally reached Muzaffarnagar, I felt relaxed. There was a large fair being organised at the place where the match was to be played. There was still time left for the match to begin so we decided to enjoy the fair. There were many stalls of food items and games at the fair and we had great fun.
The match started on its time. It was between two village teams. We were cheering for our team. There was a tough competition between both the teams and finally our village won the game.
The match was very exciting and enjoyable, but the long journey had made us tired. It was a very good day that left behind many sweet memories.