Found in the traditional streets Kuttiyum Kolum ('boy and cane') is an important form of entertainment. It is quite similar to cricket. On both sides more than two players can play the game. It is nice if there are five players on one side. An important rule of the game is that a player gains the maximum number of points within the stipulated time period. Though the game is commonly called Kuttiyum Kolum, in other places it is known by different names.
A square shaped ground
A long stick (kol)
A short stick (kutti)
A small hole
Five players on both sides
No particular size
No specific rules, played in the form of a competition. A player wielding a long stick hits the short stick straight at the opposite team fielders. Before the kutti touches the ground, if the fielder is able to catch it, then the player loses the game. But if the kutti falls to the ground then the distance between the hole and the place where the kutti fell is measured. The difference in measurement will decide the winner.
The eyes and hands have to synchronize perfectly. The game enhances flexibility and concentration. There are many similarities between this game and cricket. In South India, particularly in Kerala, Kuttiyum Kolum is much significant. It becomes all the more significant at the time of festivals. Sports critics claim that this game was a precursor to cricket.