The history of cricket - what is the secret of its popularity?
Pakistan's Mohammad Amir (2R) and teammate Babar Azam (R) speak with India's captain Virat Kohli (C) and India's Vijay Shankar (L) as they walk back to the pavilion as rain stops play during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on June 16, 2019. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

The history of cricket – what is the secret of its popularity?

Cricket is a game that is adored by representatives of the high society of England. This sport is a real symbol of the UK. Since ancient times, only noble persons and aristocrats could become a member of the cricket club.

Reasons for the popularity of cricket

Despite the fact that cricket does not have such a huge army of fans as football or hockey, it is quite a popular sport. Cricket has been featured in many cult films: (The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio, Siriana with George Clooney, Ridley Scott’s Good Year with Russell Crowe, and even in the fairy tale The Chronicles of Narnia. And of course, it is difficult to imagine modern Indian or a Pakistani movie without cricket scenes.

Cricket often appears in works of English literature. Even Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about this sport. Even the famous Dr. Watson had a past as a cricketer. His bat is still kept in the museum of the planet’s main cricket arena at Lord’s Stadium.

To see the popularity of cricket, let’s read inspiring cricket quotes:

  1. “Cricket is a team game. If you want fame for yourself, go play an individual game.” – Gautam Gambhir
  2. “You don’t win or lose the games because of the 11 you select. You win or lose with what those 11 do on the field.” – Rahul Dravid
  3. “Performing in IPL gave me a lot of confidence and satisfaction. It made me believe that I am here to stay.” – Hardik Pandya
  4. “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” – Suresh Raina
  5. “My natural game is to watch the ball with a blink mind, and if it is there to be hit, I go for it.” – Virender Sehwag

History of occurrence

Cricket as a sport has its roots in the 13th century. This game was considered childish, but over the years cricket has become a popular pastime throughout England. Cricket reached its peak of popularity in the 18th century after the official establishment and consolidation of the set of rules for this sport discipline. After that, the first professional cricket sports clubs began to emerge.

In 1990, cricket was included in the Olympic registry. But, unfortunately, this sports discipline did not receive recognition from the public and was soon excluded from the Olympic program.

In the 20th century, cricket gained recognition far beyond the borders of England. This game is in demand in Europe, India, Africa, and even Australia.

Cricket shrine

The most famous trophy in cricket is the urn with ashes. Traditionally, the main opponents for the possession of this small trophy are the teams of England and Australia.

Australia’s first ever victory over England took place in 1882. After such an infamous test match, the English press announced the “death of cricket in England” with further cremation and transportation of the ashes to Australia. But the England team, motivated by such a shame, vowed to return the ashes to their homeland by all means.

The England team won away. A pretty fan from Australia gave the captain of the English team a small terracotta perfume bottle.

According to legend, the girl filled the vessel with ashes from burnt bales – small cylinders that connect the posts of the gate. After the gate is knocked down, the bails scatter in all directions.

The following season, the team returned to Australia again, and the captain of the English team married his devoted fan.

After such a romantic legend, the fights between Australia and England are called “The Ashes” (The Ashes). The winner is called the owner of the “Ashes”, but that very famous urn is always kept in the London Lord’s Cricket Museum.

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