NCERT Class 9 Solutions: History and Sport: The Story of Cricket (India and the Contemporary World-I) Chapter 7– Part 1

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Q-1. Test cricket is a unique game in many ways. Discuss some of the ways in which it is different from other team games. How are the peculiarities of Test cricket shaped by its historical beginnings as a village game?


Cricket Format 1. Test Match 2. One Day International Match 3. Twenty - Twenty

Cricket Formats

Cricket Format 1. Test Match 2. One Day International Match 3. Twenty - Twenty

  • The typical cricket is a lengthy game compared to other modern sports for example Test Match is played for five days and still it might end in a draw. One- day match takes a whole day to finish and the shortest version the Twenty- Twenty also takes about four hours to finish.

  • All Most every modern sports complete in around ninety minutes.

  • The cricket was started during pre-industrialization days when the economy was purely agrarian so it could afford to be lengthy in nature.

  • Farmers had plenty of time to watch a cricket match for several days during off seasons.

  • In different parts of the world shapes and sizes of Cricket grounds are different.

  • Cricket was the earliest modern team sport.

  • The rules and regulations of cricket were changed as time changed.

    • Cricket was played on the commons during its early years. Commons are the areas of a locality shared with the community.

    • The size of the commons land was flexible and it didn’t need or have a boundary.

    • The umpires decided the length of the boundary line after discussing with the captains of the two teams.

  • With modern age as the time that could be spent by citizens in an industrial societies decreased, the test cricket lost popularity and was replaced with one-day cricket.

  • Now in modern world life getting even busier, one-day cricket is slowly losing favour to 20-20 format.

Q.2 Describe one way in which in the nineteenth century, technology brought about a change in equipment and give one example where no change in equipment took place.

Answer 2:

  • Pads and gloves were started to be made from Vulcanized rubber. With technological change the equipment used in cricket became more protective.

    Pads and gloves made from Vulcanised rubber

    Pads and Gloves Made From Vulcanised Rubber

    Pads and gloves made from Vulcanised rubber

    • Pads were introduced after invention of the vulcanized rubber in 1848 and later protective gloves were introduced.

    • Now a days’ cricket cannot be imagined without helmets which are made of metal and synthetic lightweight materials.

      Metal and synthetic lightweight materials helmet

      Metal and Synthetic Lightweight Materials Helmet

      Metal and synthetic lightweight materials helmet

  • All the key playing tools of cricket are still made of natural, pre-industrial material.

    • For example, still the ball are hand-made. It is made of leather, twine and cork. These balls are not industrially manufactured.

    • Similarly the cricket bat remained relatively same over the years.

      Hand Made Cricket Ball

      Hand Made Cricket Ball

      Hand Made Cricket Ball

  • Modern technology has changed how rules of cricket are enforced.

    • For example stumps and bails with led lights which flash when the bails loose contact with the stumps make is easier for the umpire.

    • Similarly the technology and camera viewing angle

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