NCERT Class 7 Chapter 10English Solutions: The Story of Cricket Part 2

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Question 3:

“...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.

Answer:

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

Answer the following questions.

Question 1:

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

Answer:

Cricket, hockey, baseball, and polo are a few stick-and-ball games.

Question 2:

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

Answer:

The Parsis were brought into close contact with the British because of their interest in trade. Also, they were the first Indian community to westernise. Hence, they were the first Indian community to take to cricket.

Question 3:

The rivalry between the Parsis and the Bombay Gymkhana had a happy ending for the former. What does ‘a happy ending’ refer to?

Answer:

The ‘happy ending’ refers to the victory of a Parsi team over the Bombay Gymkhana in a game of cricket in 1889, just four years after the foundation of the Indian National Congress in 1885.

Question 4:

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

ANSWER:

  • Yes, cricket owes its present popularity to television. Television expanded the audience for the game by bringing cricket into small towns and villages. It also broadened cricket’s social base.

  • Children, who had never previously had the chance to watch international cricket because they lived outside the big cities, could watch and learn by imitating their heroes. Matches in Sydney could be watched live in Surat.

  • Cricket, as a result, became available to everyone and thus, gained a lot of popularity.

Question 5:

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

Answer:

  • Cricket is not a popular team sport in many countries, e.g., China, Russia. Due to the lack of popularity, its viewership in these countries is also very little.

  • It is the same case with games like rugby and baseball, which do not enjoy a large viewership in India. However, games like cricket, soccer and hockey are different.

  • These games are hugely popular in India because they are played at the grass root level.

  • The greater part of the Indian population has grown up playing these games, and therefore, has a good amount of knowledge about them.

Question 6:

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

Answer:

  • The game’s ‘equipment’ refers to the tools used in cricket such as the bat, ball, stumps, gloves, pads, etc. The bat consists of two pieces, the blade which is made out of the wood of the willow tree and the handle which is made out of cane.

  • Cricket had refused to remake its tools with industrial or man-made materials such as plastic, fiberglass and metal. But in the matter of protective equipment, cricket has been influenced by technological change.

  • The invention of vulcanised rubber led to the introduction of pads in 1848 and protective gloves soon afterwards. Now, cricket is unimaginable without helmets made out of metal and synthetic lightweight materials.

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