Cricket was played in India even before the British went there. Cricket was first reported when the boys hit the ball into the pond, there was a snake there. Krishna, not Shellyv , went in and killed that monstrous snake and retrieved the ball. Baansuri Waala used it to bring the various Jaatis together. As usual, the Angrezees would like to take credit for it.
Bhai, since man designed a sphere and the wheel, all civilizations have invented ways of using it as relaxation. The British have standardized the game with rules and uniform.