The Gentleman's Game.
A game which is not so gentle anymore.
A game which is fine-tuning its pursuits by the day and improvising on its abilities by the night.
Cricketers today, have been fortunate enough to enjoy the celebrity status and the limelight too. Why shouldn't they, now that the boundaries between genres is diminishing. Any talented individual is by all means eligible for an applause for his effort, ain't he? And, why not if he's a part of the playing eleven, and an individual who is a part of a team that is representing the nation, across the globe! :)
All in all, cricketers are a unique species, who live their dream with each passing day. One can't help but look up to their performance, attempt to ape their style, marvel at the technological advancements in their game and aspire to set foot on the same soil which they've graced, some day in the future. <3
The great cricket holiday destinations must be revealed, isn't it?
And, these holiday destinations ought to be unique.
For, each one of them is introduced to us, by a gem in the precious Cricketer's League! ^_^
Let me tell you one more thing. We Indians are not mere Cricket fans. We are pure fanatics. We consider ourselves as devotees and Cricket as our only religion. And, this comes from a lady who has been your quintessential cricket lover, ever since the beginning.
It is the duty of every devotee to make a pilgrimage, is it not? ;)
There are places around the world where history has been made, legends have been equated to heroes from folklore and records have been shattered. The World of Cricket abounds in such revered places of pilgrimage.
That is for you to find out through your morning daily.
But for now, its time for us to set out on the first of our multitude of destinations.
The stadium is also home to another first in the world - the oldest sports museum - MCC, which was established in 1953, by the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Marylebone Cricket Club Museum too houses a collector's delight in the form of some invaluable memorabilia, which include the Ashes Urn.
Now that his name finds a mention above, let us visit the Duke's place to get a taste of his royal lifestyle while in London.
Well, don't be.
We're referring to this Indian entrepreneur, Dilip Jajodia, who bought the Dukes Cricket Factory in 1987.
This factory was first established in 1760, at Tonbridge, Kent.
See, we even witnessed the making of the Ashes Ball, by Dukes, in the first person!
Let's leave for the Caribbean, shall we?
Our next destination is Grenada, to be precise.
We're to visit The West Indies Cricket Heritage Centre, Grenada.
West Indies is respected for the fact that they were the first nation to be awarded the title of World Champions, holding the first two World Cups, to their credit. WICHC is the only museum dedicated to their entire history of cricket.
Located in Beaulieu, Grenada, the museum houses the best memorabilia of Windies' history and is a part of the Spice Basket Museum.
The World is also thankful to West Indies for having given the cricketing fraternity, illustrious individuals of the likes of Clive Lloyd, Brian Lara and Vivian Richards.
We were introduced to this house of heritage by none other than Whispering Death.
Michael Holding, who gives us a 'How do you like it?' look...
Off to South Africa, now.
Tag along, people! :)
How about being overlooked by a Table Mountain and a Devil's Peak at Cape Town, while you enjoy witnessing your favorite game from the stands?
The Newland's Cricket Ground, South Africa. (officially, Sahara Park Newland's Cricket Ground)
Six of our cricketing destinations out of fifteen are located in India.
Our fanaticism is deep-rooted, you see. ;)
Picture snow-capped peaks and a surreal ambiance to surround you, paired with an unbelievably high altitude.
People, you're now in The HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala!
Situated at a height of 4780 feet, surrounded by the Dhauladhar Range, this stadium gives stiff competition to WACA, Perth, or even Lord's for that matter!
At WACA, to welcome us, we have James Brayshaw, a former cricketer representing Western Australia, who is now, an impressive cricket commentator.
Next, we'll be leaving for New Zealand.
Our destination here is Wellington.
We're here to visit The New Zealand Cricket Museum, Wellington.
The Basin Reserve is home to the New Zealand's historic Test venue and the New Zealand Cricket Museum.
The museum incorporates interactive touch screen displays and state-of-art facility.
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