Taking advantage of the usual days of Vedic Scripture, students from different schools of the Sanskrit middle class in Varanasi, on Tuesday presented their kicking skills in a tournament with touches of ancient Indian traditions.
The youngsters, dressed in dhoti and turkey, did not look up to boredom while bowling and bangs. Each student had a tripund (three "shivling" lines) on their foreheads while they were playing.
Even the referees appeared to wear the traditional costume and perform the fight.
The tournament is organized by Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vidyalaya on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the year.
The main feature of the unique cricket tournament is the commentary made in the Sanskrit language, a rare opportunity nowadays.
A large crowd that had gathered to watch the tournament was left alert as the youngsters at the dhoti and the crate ran between the barefoot crease, coupled with the echoes of the Sangritic commentary through a loudspeaker.
Ganesh Dutt Shastri, a Sanskrit Middle School teacher in the city, said the tournament was being held to motivate students to take up sports to chart a better future for themselves.
"This tournament is a 10-over format. All Sanskrit Mahavidyalayas all over Varanasi are participating in the tournament. Five teams play. All students wear dhoti and kurta. To make the tournament more special, the comment is delivered to Sanskrit with two people – Shresht Narayan Mishra and Dr. Vikas Dixit, "said ANI.
Reflecting similar feelings, Acharya Pawan Kumar Shastri of Shastrath Mahavidyalaya, explained that the tournament itself is unique in its approach.
"It's a proud time for us to know that this tournament is known as the Sanskrit Cricket League." On other days, the boys are studying the Beeds and have a pen in their hand, today they have a bat and a ball in their hands, "he told ANI.
In addition, he underlined that a cricket tournament with a touch of ancient Indian traditions has not happened in any country in the country.