#PlayMatters – “More Girls Should Play Cricket!” Say Boys At Azad Maidan
Q) Who do you think is going to win the Cricket World Cup?
A: India! (in unison)
A: Aryan – Because India has got Virat Kohli!
Durvesh – And even Hardik Pandya!
Sarthak – Everyone is training hard and playing well… so I feel India is going to win.
Q) Who are your favourite players?
A: Virat Kohli! (in unison)
Durvesh – Hardik Pandya!
Q) Why Kohli?
A: Aryan – I really love his batting.
Q) And why Pandya?
Durvesh – Because Pandya hits helicopter shot. He can keep hitting fours and sixes non-stop.
Q) Do you also watch women’s cricket matches?
A: Sarthak – Yes! But I do not know any of the players’ name.
Q) What do you feel about boys and girls playing cricket together?
A: Aryan – Cricket is a game which can be easily played by boys and girls together.
Durvesh – More girls should play cricket.
Sarthak – And it’ll be more fun.
Q) And what other games/sports do you play apart from cricket?
A: Football! (in unison)
Durvesh – I love playing football more than cricket. I came today to play cricket because he asked me to. (giggles)
Sarthak – Even I love football. Pogba is my favourite.
Aryan – I also play Kabaddi.
Durvesh – And I like to swim as well. I love playing everything. I am an all-rounder just like Pandya.
Q) Why do you like playing Cricket more than any other sports?
A: Aryan – Cricket has so many things… batting, fielding, bowling.
Sarthak – I enjoy hitting sixes.
Durvesh – And I love bowling and fielding. But at times, I misfield and drop catches.
Q) So you all come to play cricket here every Sunday? Do you also play cricket at school?
A: Yes! (in unison)
Sarthak – Sometimes, we also play at Cooperage ground.
Durvesh – We three are from different schools.
Q) Then how did you become friends?
A: Aryan – We stay in the same building and I guess we became fast friends while playing cricket only.
Q) So do you play in your building premises?
A: Sarthak – Sometimes. But we don’t like playing cricket there.
Aryan – We are scared of playing there… what if we break someone windows glass.
Durvesh – That is why we all come here. And I especially love this ground as I can hit very long sixes like Pandya. (everyone laughs)
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Words By : Vipul Kumar
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