How Many Players :
4+ Players Game. Imagine a game like cricket or baseball but without a ball! That's what 'Gilli Danda' is like. Gilli Danda requires two wooden sticks - a 'Gilli' and a 'Danda'. The 'Gilli' is a small wooden piece which is about three inches long. The 'Danda' - a stick, about 2 feet in length, is used to strike the Gilli.
How To Play :
A small circle about four feet in diameter is drawn on the ground with a small oval-shaped hole in the centre (the hole should be smaller than the gilli). The gilli is placed across the hole. Two teams are formed and they bat by turns. After the score is recorded, the danda is placed over the central hole. The fielder who was standing closest to the point where the gilli had fallen, tries to hit the danda with the gilli from where he was standing. If the gilli hits the danda or falls in the circle, the batsman is out. If not the batsman gets another chance to hit the gilli. The game continues till all the players have their turn at batting. The team with the most runs is declared the winner The first player to bat tries to lift and throw the Gilli by hitting it with the Danda. If he is successful, the fielding team tries to catch the Gilli before it touches the ground. If they succeed, the batsman is out and the second player comes in to bat. If the fielders can't catch the Gilli, the distance between the central hole and the place where the Gilli falls is measured with the danda. Each length of the danda counts for one run.
Gilli danda can be a very dangerous game to play. Many a times the "Gilli" can go astray and hit one of the players or passersby.