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India's captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, celebrates with batting partner Yuvraj Singh as India wins the Cricket World Cup final match against Sri Lanka in 2011. (Aijaz Rahi/Associated Press)

Dating back hundreds of years ago in England, cricket is an old sport — much older than baseball, for example. Originally, matches would last for days and include breaks for meals and afternoon tea. The sport spread to such places as India and Australia because the British had control over many countries from the 1700s to the 1900s. A lot of the players on the Maryland youth teams have family ties to India, where cricket is very popular.

“I’m from here, but I’m still an Indian,” said Abhinav Samuel, 8, who will be a third-grader at Cherokee Lane Elementary in Adelphi and who plays for the Germantown Kids Cricket Club. “I like cricket because it’s the first sport I ever knew. My dad taught me.”

Little boys play cricket in England more than 100 years ago. (Istock)

Rohit Gore’s family is from India, too. “It’s a sport that runs through my family,” said the fifth-grader at Kingsview Middle School in Germantown, who plays for GKCC. In 2011, he watched on TV as India won the Cricket World Cup. “I got inspired after that,” he said. “My dad told me, ‘You should play it, too.’ ”

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