Sunday, April 5, 2009

Very basic of Parsee cricket

The Parsees were first Indians to play cricket, it being played by parsee gentlemen as early as 1840 despite not having public school education.
First Parsee cricketers in England 1886 - not bally success.
Second visit 1888 considerably better. Of particular note, bowler Mehellasha Pavri, and Nasarbanji Bapasola. Pavri claimed six wickets at Eastbourne. Good show!

Notable Parsee cricket was being played at Bombay Gymkhana, August 26 and 27, in 1892 - Presidency Match.
September 19-21 Parsees versus Bombay Presidency at Pune.
Victory by three wickets.

Must particularly mention Dinshaw Kanga as primus among early cricketers.

In more recent times, there was Farokh Engineer, who played magnificently in sixties and seventies. Hard bat.
Also in those years, Polly Umrigar - probably best Indian batsman of his time


GRUNT!PATEL! said...

What the heck are you on about?

GRANT!PATEL! said...

It is very clear. A disquisition in brief, as a base for further readings, about the stellar gold of finest Parsee cricketers. What not to grasp? Simplicity myself, your good man, simplicity!

---Grant Batman

Dadabhoi said...

Cricket is like so:
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. Thik hai? When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Accha, let us continue - sometimes you get men still in and not out.
Wallakin, when a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires, allrighty, who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.
Now, when both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.
It is simple.

GRANT!PATEL! said...

Truly an exemplary explanation. Thank you Dadabhoi. The Grunter should find it clarified at present, yes?

---Grant Patel

GRANT!PATEL! said...

And if not, further clarification will be coming as I invent it.

Be patient, oh Amphiboo.

---Grant Pateloquent