It’s a Cricket thing!


By Joel Waldinger | September 22, 2022

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Cricket is described as India’s obsession. For Nidesh Singh and Rakesh Cherukuri it is far more than just a sport. Nidesh describes it like this, “It doesn’t see a country or a state or a religion or a cast or anything like that. It just sees the game.” Nidesh grew up in Mumbai before moving to Madison where he met Rakesh in the tech field. The sport has united them in more ways than one.

Cricket provides camaraderie and it is growing in popularity here in Wisconsin. Their cricket league has expanded to more than 20 teams. For those not familiar with the sport it is often compared to baseball. The pitcher or cricket bowler can hurl the ball around 100 miles an hour. Both sports use a bat, a ball and the desire to outscore the opponent. Rakesh says, the only difference, “In baseball you basically run four corners, in cricket we basically run back and forth.” In Wisconsin cricket is often played on adapted baseball diamonds.

Rakesh and Nidesh also agree cricket can provide valuable life lessons. There are a lot of emotions in cricket. Nidesh says, “You can very much relate it to your actual life. Winning and losing, ups and downs, right? It keeps you humble and keeps your emotions in check.” There is a sense of pride about this sport in the cricket community, a feeling of home in a far-flung land. Rakesh says, “We lived for cricket in India. It’s pure enjoyment.” And now they are getting to live it here in Wisconsin.

Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger is a reporter for the “Wisconsin Life” project and considers a sunset over the “big island” on Manson Lake to be a perfect ending to a day of fishing and fun in the Northwoods. 
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