Origins of the name

We all know cricket is a religion in the subcontinent, and a game of cricket, however informal is bound to attract a lot of participation and audience interest.

A lot of this cricket at the grassroots level is played by children and young adults very often not in formal settings like cricket grounds but in narrow streets of residential areas of towns and cities.

The equipment at hand is quite basic and the spaces quite confined. The rules are unique because of the environment, and the games are played in a very competitive atmosphere.

Most youngsters get their first taste of the game here, and this leads to a life-long love affair with cricket

These narrow streets are called “gullies” and this led to the style of cricket being affectionately called “gully cricket”. This couldn’t have been a more apt name for the motley bunch of sub-continental players, most of whom have not had any formal coaching in cricket.