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My life got separated from cricket since early 1980's when I immigrated to the US. Cricket is not a popular sports in USA and average Americans do not even know much about this game. In fact, I have heard jokes like when they travel to London, if they cannot sleep, they turn on the cricket channel and like magic they fall asleep!
I remember my student days in Calcutta (Kolkata), when every winter we used to go crazy about cricket. Those days there were no one-day or limited over cricket. We used to wait for the Test series to begin when we glued ourselves to the radio sets to hear the ball-by-ball running commentary of each day's game. I still remember names like Maharajkumar of Vizianagram (Vizzy), Pearson Surita, Devraj Puri, and Berry Sarbadhikari as famous cricket commentators of those days. I have stood in line on the previous day in front of Eden Gardens (Ranji stadium) booking office to get daily admission ticket for the next day's game! Those were the days. There was no TV in India at that time. And the standard clothing for the cricket players used to be cream colored flannel! Test matches were played over a period of 5 days, regional matches like Ranji Trophy were a 3-day affair. (There was no ODI or One Day International cricket matches at that time.) Cricket was always played during the daytime with lunch and afternoon tea breaks and short drink breaks. There was no night cricket, no colored clothing for the players, and no company logos on the players' clothing. And the batsmen never wore protective helmets or arm guards or thigh guards. Boy, has cricket changed?
Inspite of the many changes, cricket still remains my most favorite game. Unfortunately, I do not have satellite TV in my house. That factor, combined with the time difference between America and other countries where high-class cricket matches are played and televised, severed my touch with live cricket. But, thanks to YouTube, these days I can catch bits and pieces of important cricket matches throughout the world in the form of YouTube videos.
On this page I am presenting some cricket videos that I have collected from YouTube for the benefit of those individuals who, like me, do not have direct touch with cricket anymore but still love the game. It is just nostalgia.
I hope you will enjoy the following video clips if you are a cricket lover.
Indian bowlers: The real masters of swing bowling in cricket
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