The story of cricket class 7 NCERT Solutions from unit 10 Honeycomb

The story of cricket class 7 NCERT Solutions from unit 10 Honeycomb
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The Cricket Story Question Answer including a summary for class 7

Ramachandra Guha traces the history, characteristics and evolution of cricket in the lesson 'The Cricket Story'. He says that cricket was a game that evolved 500 years ago but was recognised as a distinctive sport only towards the seventeenth century. Initially, the ball was rolled over in the ground and the batsman had to strike it with a bat that was curved towards the end. Later the ball was pitched in the air. The duration of a test match is long and can still end in a draw compared to other matches. Although the length of the pitch is determined as 22 yards, the dimensions of the stadium is not fixed as it can be oval or circular.


Question 1. Cricket is originally a/an

a.     Indian game.

b.    British game.

c.     international game.

Mark the right answer.


b.    British game.

Question 2. “There is a historical reason behind both these oddities.” In the preceding two paragraphs, find two words/phrases that mean the same as ‘oddities’.

Answer: The two words/phrases that mean the same as ‘oddities’ are:

·       peculiarities

·       curious characteristic

Question 3. How is a cricket bat different from a hockey stick?

Answer: A cricket bat is made flat and thick in shape, whereas the hockey stick is designed to be bent at its bottom.


(Comprehension Check - II)

Question 1. Write True or False against each of the following sentences.

a.     India joined the world of Test cricket before Independence.

b.    The colonizers did nothing to encourage the Parsis in playing cricket.

c.     Palwankar Baloo was India’s first Test captain.

d.    Australia played its first Test against England as a sovereign nation.


a.     True

b.    True

c.     False

d.    False

Questions (Page No. 148)

(Comprehension Check - III)

Question 1. A ‘professional’ cricket player is one who makes a living by playing cricket. Find the opposite of ‘professional’ in the last paragraph.

Answer: The opposite of ‘professional’ given in the last paragraph is ‘amateur’.

Question 2. In “the triumph of the one-day game”, ‘triumph’ means the one-day game’s

a.     superiority to Test cricket.

b.    inferiority to Test cricket.

c.     achievement and success over Test cricket.

d.    popularity among viewers.

Mark the right answer.


d.    popularity among viewers.

Question 3. “…the men for whom the world is a stage”.

a.     It refers to the famous cricket fields in the world.

b.    It means that there are many cricket playing countries in the world.

c.     It implies that cricketers are like actors and every cricket ground is like a stage on which the drama of cricket is enacted the world over.

Mark the right answer.


c.     It implies that cricketers are like actors and every cricket ground is like a stage on which the drama of cricket is enacted the world over.

Questions (Page No. 148-149)

(Working with the text)

Answer the following questions.

Question 1. Name some stick-and-ball games that you have witnessed or heard of.

Answer: Apart from Cricket and Hockey, some of the stick-and-ball games that I have witnessed or heard of are:

·       Golf

·       Squash

·       Polo


Question 2. The Parsis were the first Indian community to take to cricket. Why?

Answer: The Parsis were the first Indian community to take to cricket. It was because of their interest in trade with the British.

Question 3. The rivalry between the Parsis and the Bombay Gymkhana had a happy ending for the former. What does ‘a happy ending’ refer to?

Answer: A happy ending refers to the victory of the Parsi Cricket Team over the Bombay Gymkhana in 1889, four years after the formation of the Indian National Congress.

Question 4. Do you think cricket owes its present popularity to television? Justify your answer.

Answer: Yes, I think cricket owes its present popularity to television. The information about how it is played and the interest of kids and youths into cricket is largely because of television and media. Young kids and youths from various parts of the country see, appreciate and dream of becoming a cricketer. All because of the media and television.

Question 5. Why has cricket a large viewership in India, not in China or Russia?

Answer: Cricket has a large viewership in India not in countries like China or Russia. This is because they were never colonized by the British. India is one of those countries which has been playing cricket from almost its inception.

Question 6. What do you understand by the game’s (cricket) ‘equipment’?

Answer: Game’s (cricket) ‘equipment’ means various accessories used during the game. For instance, in cricket, the equipment are: bat, ball, stumps, etc. There are also protective equipment such as gloves, helmet, pads, etc.

Question 7. How is Test cricket a unique game in many ways?

Answer: Test cricket is a unique game in many ways. It can be played for 5 days and still end with a draw! other games do not take this much time. A football match usually gets over in an hour-and-a-half.

Question 8. How is cricket different from other team games?

Answer: Cricket is different from other team games because of many reasons. For instance, the length of the cricket pitch is defined to be 22 yards. But, the shape is not. It can be an oval pitch or a circular one. In most of the other games, the pitch dimensions are specified.

Question 9. How have advances in technology affected the game of cricket?

Answer: Cricket has become safer with technology. The protective equipment have become better. The cricket helmets are now made up of metal and synthetic materials that are easier to carry. Pads and gloves are made of vulcanized rubber.

Question 10. Explain how cricket changed with changing times and yet remained unchanged in some ways.

Answer: Cricket has changed with changing times. With the advent of technology, it became safer. With the media and television around, it gained increasing popularity. Also, new formats such as T20 have been introduced.

Yet it remained unchanged in some ways. For instance, the rules and regulations continue to be the same. The way it is played is still the same.

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