What is a striker in Gilli Danda?


Gilli-Danda is a thrilling game popular among youngsters and adults alike. The game is full of vigour and excitement. It is a popular amateur sport in India’s and Pakistan’s villages and rural areas. This amateur sport, on the other hand, has piqued the interest and curiosity of people in other parts of the world. People in Italy, Spain, Cambodia, and Columbia have taken notice of Gilli-Danda. In reality, the game is played with two sticks. The larger stick, known as a danda, is used to strike the smaller stick, known as a gilli. 

A striker is a person who hits the gilli with danda in order to score points. If a striker misses the Gilli three times in a row, he gets sent off. In some regions of India, if the striker hits the Gilli in two consecutive attempts, the points are doubled.

About the game

Other names for the game can be found on the internet. In Nepal, Gilli-Danda is known as Dandi-Biyo, in Iran as Alak-Doulak, in Karnataka as Chinni-Dandu, in Maharashtra as Viti-Dandu, in Andhra Pradesh as Billam-Godu, and in other areas of India as Gilli-Danda. It is unquestionably an ancient Indian game, possibly dating back more than 2500 years. Many people believe Gilli-Danda is influenced by classic Western sports such as cricket, softball, and baseball. It has several regional versions as an amateur sport. According to some accounts, a striker’s point total is determined by the overall distance travelled by the gilli from the striker’s point.


Gilli Danda is played with two wooden sticks. The one stick is called “Gilli,” and it is a little stick that measures roughly 3 inches in length. The other stick is a huge one named “Danda,” which measures around 2 feet in length. 

To put it another way, the Danda is a bat that should be thinner at the end. These sticks are simple to create at home. You can go to the carpenter if you want some great-looking wood. 


A circle with a diameter of roughly 4 metres is formed in the centre of the ground. Then, in the centre of it, an oval-shaped hole is drilled. Gilli is positioned across the gap. It can also be placed between two stones (if you haven’t dig the hole).

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.

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.