Good morning one and all. Respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends, it is my pleasure and privilege to stand before you today. I am honored to have this opportunity to speak to such a distinguished audience.Today on this occasion, I would like to talk about one of the most beloved games around the globe, especially in India, cricket.
The craze for cricket and its popularity is undeniable. The game consists of two teams of eleven players each that compete in two innings to get the most runs. Having originally been from England, it was a sport that has its roots back in the 16th century. However, now it is played in every part of the world.
Countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa have popularised cricket on another level and compete in every tournament. A cricket field is usually circular or oval in shape with a rectangular 22 yard long pitch right in the center. The match begins with a toss and whichever team wins the toss gets a chance to choose whether they want to bat or bowl first. Each team gets a chance to both bat and bowl.
The game requires the batsman to hit the ball with a bat that the bowler has thrown. With each ball, the bowler attempts to hit the wickets behind the batsman to out him and thus increase the chances of winning by getting the team ‘all out’. In order to score 4 runs in one ball, the ball has to cross the boundary and in order to score a six, the ball has to land over the boundary without touching the ground even once.
Cricket is a game that requires strategies and techniques in order to win as well as strength and a good physique. It is more than a sport, it is a way of life for many. Some renowned cricketers are Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Lasith Malinga and Wasim Akram among many others.
These sportsmen have showcased great talent and inspired generations that followed in their footsteps. The matches have united communities and brought together fans from all around the world. However, it has also created some intense sports rivalries like that between India- Pakistan and Australia-England. Like any other sport, cricket also requires teamwork, perseverance and patience. Thank you.