NCERT Solutions for Class 9 Social Science India and the Contemporary World Unit 7

History and Sport: The Story of Cricket Class 9

Unit 7 History and Sport: The Story of Cricket Exercise Solutions

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Q1 :  

Test cricket is unique game in many ways. Discuss some of the ways in which it is different from other team games. How are the peculiarities of Test cricket shaped by its historical beginnings as a village game?


Answer :

Test cricket is a unique game in many ways. It was the first modern team game to give itself rules and regulations. Unlike other team games, it can go on for five days and still end in a draw. No other modern team sport takes even half as much time to complete. While most team games (such as hockey and football) specify the dimensions of the playing area, the laws of cricket do not state the specific dimensions of the playing field.

The reasons for such peculiarities of Test cricket are related to its historical beginnings as a village game. Originally, cricket matches had no time limit. In rural England, a match would go on till a side was bowled out twice. This corresponded to the life in the countryside. Village life was unlike the strictly time-oriented routines of industrial city life. The absence of any specifications about the dimensions of the playing field can also be related to the rural origins of cricket. It was originally played on country commons or public grounds, and the sizes of such grounds varied from one village to another. The rural and pre-industrial past of cricket is also indicated by the game's equipment. The bat, even today, is made of wood, as are the stumps and the bails. Likewise, the ball is made with leather, twine and cork.

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Q2 :  

Describe one way in which in the nineteenth century, technology brought about a change in equipment and give one example where no change in equipment took place.


Answer :

One way in which in the nineteenth century, technology brought about a change in cricketing equipment  was by the introduction of pads and protective gloves. These protective equipments came forth as a result of the invention of vulcanised rubber.

However, cricketing equipment has more or less remained the same. The bats, even today, are made of wood. Also, they are not factory manufactured, but made by hand.

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Q3 :  

Explain why cricket became popular in India and the West Indies. Can you give reasons why it did not become popular in countries in South America?


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Q4 :  

Give brief explanations for the following:

  • The Parsis were the first Indian community to set up a cricket club in India.

  • Mahatma Gandhi condemned the Pentangular tournament.

  • The name of the ICC was changed from the Imperial Cricket Conference to the International Cricket Conference.

  • The shift of the ICC headquarters from London to Dubai.


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How have advances in technology, especially television technology, affected the development of contemporary cricket?


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