cricket

About Cricket

On to the second most popular sport in the world: cricket.

In case you’re not familiar, cricket is a bat-and-ball game –– kind of like American baseball and kind of not. It’s played between two teams of 11 players each. Each team takes turns at bat, trying to score runs, while the other team fields.

Cricket began in England and is particularly popular in England, Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the West Indies and East and Southern Africa.

To help make cricket easier to understand, we thought we’d use baseball as a comparison. So here goes. Baseball is played on a diamond-shaped field and cricket is played on an oval field, with all the action taking place in a small rectangle within the large oval. Both involve a bat and a ball and trying to get the opposing team out. Like baseball, in cricket you hit the ball and the opposing team tries to throw you out.  And like baseball, you run to bases. But in cricket, there are only two bases and they’re called wickets — and you try to run back and forth between those wickets as many times as possible (scoring points) before you’re thrown out. In cricket, there’s a pitcher, but he’s called the bowler — and instead of throwing from a stopped position, he gets a running start and throws the ball overhand as hard as possible.

Confused?  Maybe just remember this:

– cricket is a bat-and-ball game

– there are 11 players per team. Each team takes turns at bat, trying to score runs, while the other team fields

– the bowler in cricket is like the pitcher in baseball but he gets a running start

– there are two wickets (bases), three stumps (sticks), topped by another two sticks (bails) which the bowler tries to hit to get the batter out

– the batter hits the ball and tries to run back and forth between the wickets as many times as possible to score multiple runs before he is thrown out

– a normal cricket match lasts a few hours but can also last up to five days

– cricket players wear all white (cricket whites) and generally stop for tea (or lunch) mid match.

 

 

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