Local Cricket for a Tourist?

#1 Jan 3rd, 2012, 08:46
Join Date:
Jan 2012
Location:
Canberra, Australia
Posts:
2
  • OzPudd is offline
#1
Hi everyone,

I'm lucky enough to be travelling through India from Jan 12 to Feb 13 this year with two friends. I'd love to have a quick game of cricket somewhere; nothing formal just a bit of fun.

Do people generally play relaxed games around town with friends and would it be rude to ask to join in? The major cities I'll be in include Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi,Varanasi and Udaipur.

Cheers in advance, and happy new year!
#2 Jan 3rd, 2012, 09:26
Join Date:
Sep 2005
Location:
perth-australia
Posts:
3,579
  • vandy is online now
#2
Welcome to IM,

As to your question I would Imagine Mumbai could be your best bet.


vandy
#3 Jan 10th, 2012, 19:20
Join Date:
Jan 2012
Location:
Canberra, Australia
Posts:
2
  • OzPudd is offline
#3
Cheers for the reply! Mumbai it may be, looking forward to it
#4 Jan 11th, 2012, 09:36
Join Date:
Jan 2005
Location:
yörp
Posts:
21,997
  • machadinha is offline
#4
Quote:
Originally Posted by OzPudd View Post I'd love to have a quick game of cricket somewhere; nothing formal just a bit of fun.

Do people generally play relaxed games around town with friends and would it be rude to ask to join in?
I'm sure they'd rather be delighted and love to and be honored.

Here's me (off-camera) with some cricketer kids in Daman; they did urge me to join in, but I found it a little hot at around noon : http://www.indiamike.com/india-image...n-cricket-team.

Yes, you'll find informal games going on on open grounds quite commonly. There's a large park and cricket grounds indeed in Mumbai somewhere as you're walking between, um, Colaba and VT (CST) station? Between Churchgate station and VT? Steve, where are you, we walked there together.

Near to colleges or universities could always be a good bet; I think it will be so in Varanasi, this district is more in the city proper, to the west of the old city. It is indeed a famous university area.

Generally, ask around, look around, keep an eye out for indeed parks or open plots of land. And do not hesitate to ask, chances are they will indeed be delighted to have you join in, and bang there you have a new gang of impromptu friends for the time being.
#5 Jan 12th, 2012, 04:11
Join Date:
Jan 2005
Location:
yörp
Posts:
21,997
  • machadinha is offline
#5
Quote:
Originally Posted by machadinha View Post There's a large park and cricket grounds indeed in Mumbai somewhere as you're walking between, um, Colaba and VT (CST) station? Between Churchgate station and VT? Steve, where are you, we walked there together.
OK, I was looking up something at Google Maps anyway. This must have been the Oval Maidan, indeed sort of as you walk from Colaba to Churchgate Railway Station, it's not terribly far.

Check it out nb Of course a real (half-) serious match I wouldn't step into just like that, but if some folks are just hitting a ball around, sure, just ask them. Maybe go sit and watch them for a bit first to break the ice, chances are they'll invite you anyway. I reckon you'll find some cricket or soccer going on here more often than not, possibly multiple games at once, too, and indeed of the let's just have a bit of fun variety, besides perhaps some more serious matches. I mean cricket is sort of one of the #1 national pastimes, anyway Here's another of those pics, you'll often see this, some guys & girls having a swift game on their rooftop whenever they have a break: http://www.indiamike.com/india-image...ooftop-cricket. Lots of running up & down involved, it seems
#6 Jan 12th, 2012, 11:25
Join Date:
Aug 2010
Location:
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Posts:
1,522
  • saugata41 is offline
#6
Ozpudd,

Please keep in mind that any cricket team from India is almost unbeatable on home soil

Just kidding. Cricket is the most popular game in India, so you should be able to find (and play) guys playing cricket at odd places. Just try to interact with them as suggested above.

Regards
Wanderlust - My Travel Journals
Leave your footprint as a tiny but precious comment

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
Applied for 1-year Tourist, but got 6 months Tourist Visa Oct 14th, 2010 11:01 37 8105 For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions
Delhi Local tourist Feb 19th, 2007 11:17 6 2684 Delhi
Local trains Apr 22nd, 2006 13:03 5 3795 Indian Railways
Local Cricket Games - where to get info??? May 22nd, 2005 13:51 7 3710 Sports in India


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2018
Page Load Success