Kiddi

 Kiddi

Kiddi is a game which is played with a stick of about 1′/2 feet in length and a smaller stick of about 3 to 4 inches long. The longer slick is called kiddi and the smaller stick is called pullu. Pullu is placed across on a small dent made on the ground with enough space to insert one end of the kiddi under the pullu. The player holding the kidni at the other end heaves it hard to send it as far as possible in the field. If the pullu is caught in the air, the player is declared out and the next member of his team takes over. If pullu is not caught, the striker places his kitkli behind the dent at a distance equal to the length of the kiddi. If the fielder who picks up the pullu throws it from the spot and strikes the kiddi, the striker is out. If not, the striker holds the pullu in one of his hands and strikes it with kiddi. If the pullu is caught by any fielder, the striker is out. Otherwise, the pullu is thrown at the dent. If the striker hits it, he measures the distance with the kiddi. The number of times he measures becomes the number of points for his team. If the pullu falls within a radius of the length of the kiddi from the dent, the striker is out. This process goes on till the striking team gets 100 points or all of them are out before they score those points.

When a team hits the century, it goes on a “striking course” by a striker throwing the kiddi in Front of him at a fairly good distance, but not close very to him, and throws the pullu at the kiddi. If he succeeds in hitting the kiddi, he continues the process. If he fails, another member of his team takes over and so it goes on till all the members of the team have had their chance. The team could also decide to terminate the striking course, which would be similar to declaring an innings.

Thereafter one of the fielders takes the pullu in his hand and runs towards the dent making an audible uninterrupted humming sound. This is known as taking kuddi as the fielder starts with the sound kuii. From the spot where he stops making the kuli, the pullu is hit back by the other side and another member of the fielding side takes the kuli. This goes on till the fielding team reaches the dent thereby scoring victory. If the team does not complete the kuli, the team loses.

The power of long breath and fast running play an important role in this game.

There are slight variations too. At times, pullu is hit both ways, namely with the forehand and the backhand. The first form is called mel kiddi and the second kizh kiddi. Sometimes, the distance is also measured with the pullu if the striker opts to hit the pullu again without measuring the distance with the kiddi.

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