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Street cricket or gali cricket is a stripped-down version of the international sport of cricket, popular across the Indian subcontinent and in other cricket-playing nations. In the countryside, dried lakes and river beds are often used as playgrounds for cricket. In cities, it is played in apartment corridors, apartment parking lots, parks etc. People typically play street cricket in narrow bylanes, streets, and ghettos. The size of the road or traffic does not hinder the progress of a game; children often wait for the traffic to clear before playing consecutive deliveries. Bandhs (strikes), when the main roads are devoid of traffic, provide an occasion for children to take over wide open spaces for a day. Chennai is popularly known as the 'street cricket capital of the world' or the 'one pitch city'. Because when you travel to Chennai you can see street cricket everywhere. The term 'One Pitch City' was named by the cricket legend Kapil Dev to express that all the street cricket players in Chennai refer one pitch Catch as a out.


The game requires a very small monetary investment with the mandatory entities being a ball and shoveled quality Indian piece of wood called the bat / stumps. Tennis balls usually taped up with some insulation tape, specially made for cricket and slightly heavier than usual tennis balls are normally used. (Rubber balls are sometimes preferred because they are cheaper.) A dustbin, broom sticks or canes serve as stumps at the batsman's end...
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