Cricket in Dhoti-kurta; commentary in Sanskrit

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Mumbai : With commentary in Sanskrit and players dressed in traditional dhoti kurta, Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vidyalaya, on its 75th founding year, hosted a unique cricket match in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.
“The players have been trained to play in this traditional dress since last 12-months”, Acharya Pawan Kumar Shastri, speaking from Varanasi, said to this reporter.
“Our teen-aged students of this Vidyalaya participated in the match. The purpose of hosting the match was to demonstrate that the Sanskrit students don’t only to vaidik poojas and karmakands, they can have bat and ball in hands”.
“There were three Sanskrit teachers (Vikass Dixit, Raghav Sharan Mishra and Shesh Narayan Mishra) who relayed ground commentary in Sanskrit”, Pawan Kumar Shastri added.
“Yes, Mudra Kshepanam (toss) was done before the match.
“Special Sanskrit words for umpire, team, captain, player, ground, wicket, run, bat, ball, boundaries etc. were derived from this English game of cricket”.
“This was the first time when Sanskrit Cricket League was widely witnessed by cricket enthusiasts. We hope to organise this tournament every year”, he signed off.

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