Getting Off the Mark
India is a cricket-crazy nation. We watch it, we discuss it. Many of us also play it – in our narrow lanes, on uneven neighbourhood grounds, in college teams, sometimes even in our living rooms!
Chauka was born out of this love for playing cricket. After moving out from India, I have lived in different parts of the world in the last decade – Spain, several parts of the U.S. – and I saw how well-organized sports are for American football or European soccer, even at the school and college levels.
But amateur cricket in India is as unorganized as it was 12 years ago when we used to gather around our friends, go around looking for grounds and write our scores on sheets of paper. Now that I look back, we had great moments I still cherish– in fact, some of the best moments were around those discussions about who scored what, especially those hard won games. But today neither are those score sheets there or any record of our scores. All we have are just memories.
I wanted to see a better way of organizing cricket even at the non-professional level. I wanted to build a better way to keep score, a way for amateur cricketers to find other players more easily, to organize matches, to record every score they’re proud of.
If a Lousiana State University football game can attract 90,000 spectators, why can’t our college games command similar excitement? I felt that if we can keep a record of players, build a local hero image like the best player in the college or city, we can generate interest even for local cricket games and motivate players to excel.
I hope every amateur cricketer will sign up on Chauka.in. We want to make it so easy to plan matches or record scores that you’ll have more time to play! And it’s free!
And as you keep playing, you’ll get ranked against other cricketers on Chauka. The more you play and the better you score, the higher your rank grows. You don’t have to boast about your cricket scores to your friends, you can show them or just share on Facebook– it’s all on Chauka!
Chauka.in started just a few months ago, and it’s been a month since we launched apps for Android and Blackberry, the Chauka Cricket Scorer. With the mobile app, you can record ball-by-ball scores right on the ground as it’s happening!
In these few short months, we have already seen Chauka used to organize several tournaments. In fact, two are on right now. The prestigious College of Engineering, Pune, is using Chauka to organize its annual cricket tournament. The Karnataka Institute of Cricket is also using Chauka for its league tournament.
We have around 300 teams and 2,000 cricketers on Chauka right now. What are you waiting for?