Last year, a sporting event in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, left the spectators — who could be counted on fingers — puzzled.
A bunch of youngsters, divided into two teams of 11 each, took their places on a cricket-sized field and indulged in a unique game. The field setting was the same as that of a cricket match, as were many rules. But when the bowler delivered the football-size ball with an underarm action, those watching were left amazed. The player at the crease used his foot to send it across the boundary. Was it football, or were they watching some new form of cricket?