Cricket is not just a game; it is a religion in India. There are millions of Cricket fans in India, making it one of the biggest sports in India. Every place becomes a cricket pitch from streets to schools to colleges to offices. Many diehard fans not only play cricket but also became experts in making predictions. People can also earn money from cricket. If you think you are a cricket expert, try betting and online games in casumo, you can make money if you have amazing prediction skills. Have you ever thought about how it has started? Let us check out the history of cricket, which every cricket lover should know.
Origin Of Cricket
There is evidence given at a court case in Guildford on the earliest reference to cricket. It was played on January 27, 1598, Gregorian calendar. It is believed that cricket originated as a children’s game in the southeast of England. Children living in the village Weald played the village cricket. It is a dense forest area in southeast England where the first reference to cricket was found dated back to 1611.
Early Days Of Cricket
The history of cricket was made in 1709. This year, the two-county teams played cricket. However, during that time, there were travel constraints that limited its development on a world scale. The first cricket laws were written in 1744. The game attracted interest in other parts of England. The first known match was played in Surrey in 1745.
In the year 1774, there were significant changes in the game. Innovations such as the third stump and the maximum bat width were added. Previously the game was played with a hockey-like stick, and the ball was bowled underarm. In the mid of 18th century, the straight bats replaced the hockey sticks, and underarm bowling was abandoned. Bowlers started bowling overarm and began to pitch the ball. It was the early outings of the game that we know today. In the early 18th century, cricket became a leading sport in London.
The popularity of cricket resulted in the birth of many cricket clubs. Star and Garter were responsible for the cricket laws. The members of this club founded the Marylebone Cricket Club in Lords during the 18th century. It became the official custodian of the laws.
Evolution Of Cricket
In the 18th century, the game became popular in other parts of the world. The British colonies brought sports to the West Indies. The modern era of cricket began early in the 19th century. During this time, the first country clubs were formed. Modern-day clubs like Sussex were found in the 19th century. Initially, it started as Test cricket with eight balls per over. In the year 1978-79 in Australia and New Zealand, eight balls were last used at Test Level. However, the six-ball format was started in England in the year 1946.
First International Match
Australia and England played the first-ever International Test match in Melbourne from March 15, 1877, to March 19, 1877. Australia won the game by 45 runs. India played their first test match against England at Lords in 1932 under the title ‘All India.’ England won the game by 158 runs. The first One Day International match was played between England and Australia on January 5, 1971. It happened when the rain washed out the early three days of the third Test between the two teams. The officials decided to play a one-day game of 40 eight ball overs per side. Australia won the match by five wickets. The first Cricket World Cup was played in 1975, that West Indies won. India won the World Cup twice in 1983 and 2011.
Slowly, cricket became one of the most-watched sports in the world. Many more formats like T20, T10, IPL, Big Bash League, and Caribbean Premier League were introduced, and it increased the popularity of the game to all-new levels.