There are barely a handful of sports globally that transcend their boundary as a mere game and become more of emotion to people- cricket is at the top of that list. Typically, cricket is a game played between two teams, with eleven members on each side. While initially, cricket was solely a men’s arena, today, women and children equally enjoy the sport.
However, have you ever wondered when cricket first came to the fore or how this game was invented? Join us as we travel back in time to explore the roots of this world-famous game.
Cricket in the Saxon Times
There is a general agreement between the historians that children invented cricket as a game during the Saxon Age. The first recorded evidence of cricket being played by adults comes sometime in 1611. While not much is written about the way in which it is played, it refers to the sport as a “boys’ game.”
However, from the mid-17th Century, cricket began to rise in popularity, so much so that it began to be played in almost all the major English villages. In fact, in some of the matches, the local experts were even engaged as professionals to play on behalf of the village.
The Timeless Game
As the English rule spread throughout the world, cricket as a game also began to travel through contents. And each place it went, people embraced the game with open arms. Today hundreds of international matches are held each year. Given the popularity the game enjoys among its followers, it is no exaggeration to say cricket will always be a part of human lives.