What are the roles of players in the game of Gilli Danda?


On and off the field, players’ positions have a huge impact on themselves as individuals, the team, and everyone who looks up to them as role models. 

As an athlete, being a player necessitates taking on an additional level of responsibility. In addition to the formal training time set out with your coach, everyone expects you to invest in your personal development. The tips that follow can help you get the most out of your individual or team training sessions. It’s a lot of fun to play the game, so do everything you can to make sure you’re prepared.

Role of each and every player is very important in Gilli Danda and without teamwork winning the game is not possible.


Gilli Danda is a game played by a group of at least four boys, all of whom must be at least eight years old. It is a widely played game in rural India, with a variety of names and scoring methods. The ball is replaced with Gilli in this game, which is a forerunner of cricket. In different places of India, Gilli Danda is known by various names. Kitti Pul is the Tamil name, Danguli is the Bengali name, Chinni Dandu is the Kannada name, Viti Dandu is the Marathi name, and Gooti Billa is the Telegu name. The distance between where the hitter hit the gilli and where it fell, as measured by the danda, determines the hitter’s score. While the gilli is in the air, the opposing team must strive to catch it. If the gilli is caught by the other side, the batter’s turn is over.

Rules & Regulations

Gilli-Danda is a game that is played with wooden equipment, such as a gilli and a danda. Gilli is smaller than danda and resembles an oval-shaped stick, but danda is larger and resembles a long wooden stick. A group of five or more players stands in an open field or area. They form a circle, and the player places the gilli on a stone in an angled position, with one end touching the ground and the other end in the air. After that, the player strikes the gilli on the higher end with the danda. Gilli gets flipped into the air as a result of this. While the gilli is still in the air, the player strikes it with full force.

After striking the gilli, the player must sprint full speed outside the circle and contact a predefined location before the gilli is retrieved by the other player. This gilli-danda feature is similar to a homerun in baseball or a run in cricket. 

It should be noted that the number of players on each team is not an official requirement. Individuals or even two teams can simply participate in the activity.

The goal of the game is to hit the gilli with the danda like a baseball bat (similar to striking a ball in cricket or baseball). A circle is made in the ground in which a small, oblong- or spindle-shaped pit is drilled for this purpose (the overall shape looks like a traditional boat). This hole is smaller than the gilli, but it may grow in size as the game progresses due to wear. The gilli is either inserted orthogonally or at an angle into the hole. The danda is then swung at the gilli (much like a golf swing). Another version occurs when the danda rapidly lifts or prys the gilli out of the opening. Many individuals mistakenly believe that cricket is comparable to cricket.

Teams & Equipment 

There are no specific equipment requirements for Gilli-danda. A gilli or guli and a danda, both wooden sticks, are used to play the game. The danda is longer and handcrafted by the player, allowing him to effortlessly swing it. The gilli is smaller and tapered on both sides, resulting in conical ends. The gilli resembles a cricket bail, while the danda resembles a cricket bat. 

For the danda and gilli, there is no specified length. The Gilli is usually 4 to 6 inches long, while the Danda is 18 to 24 inches long. 

There is no formal limit on the number of players or teams that can participate. Gilli-danda is a game that can be played between two teams or between individuals. Now IGDF decided for team events 5+2= 7 players for each team.

Outs and Scoring 

The scoring system has several geographical variances. 

After being struck, the gilli takes to the air. The striker is out if a fielder from the other side catches the gilli. If the gilli hits the ground, the closest fielder has one chance to strike the danda (which must be put on top of the hole utilised) with a throw (similar to a run out in cricket). The striker is out if the fielder succeeds; if not, the striker scores one run and receives another chance to strike. The game is won by the team (or individual) with the most points. The striker is eliminated if he fails to hit Gilli in three tries.