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All about Cricket!

One of the most played, watched, participated and still underrated sports in any gaming medium ever in the world, underrated specially when it comes to media advertising, publicity or any other forms of commercial. This is probably why many of the people of the non-western regions knows nothing or just a little bit of information regarding this game. Of course, there are also some citizens in the semi urban countries like India specializes on this sport. In fact, this is even considered as one of their favorite game along with soccer and basketball.

Cricket headline with the symbol of a cricket player with ball and bat.

What is Cricket?

Cricket is an 11 member per team game which would be played between two teams on a field court. With bat and ball as the main ingredients, this game is played by one team batting and would be able to make a run as many as the time comes to an end, while the other team would stop that team batting by bowling and fielding. As the objective of the game for the batter is to make a run as many as possible, while the other team’s objective is to stop them.

How to Play Cricket?

  • After knowing which team would be the batters or the fielders, and arranged the players to their position, 11 players of the fielders would position themselves to the fields except the bowler who is positioned beside the batsman while two only from the 11 members of the batting team would be positioned to the fields, these two Drawing of a cricket player.members are the batsmen facing each other at the two corner of the pitch while 11 members of the fielders are placed scattered on the exterior side along the field.
  • The bowler who has the ball and is part of the fielders would throw the ball to the wicket which is placed behind the batsman on the other side of the pitch.
  • It is the batsman’s job to stop the ball hitting the wicket by attempting to hit the ball by his bat.
  • The batsman would be dismissed if the ball hit by him is caught by anyone from the members of the team from the fields before the ball reaches the ground.
  • This would also be the scenario if the bowler hits the wicket or the batsman would not be able to hit the ball. And this is the time that the batsman who missed the ball would need to leave the field for him to be replaced by another batsman of the batting team.
  • If the ball was stroked by the batsman and the fielders would not be able to catch it, then it is the time for the batsmen to acquire a score by grounding to the creases along the pitch as fast as they can.
  • Each ground on every crease worth a score equivalent to a particular single run. The batsmen could gain one run or two runs depending on their speed because the fielders would try to stop them by getting the ball and throwing it to the wicket.
  • The batsmen may also not attempt to ground a crease if he thought that the ball is just nearby and the fielders could easily pass it to reach the wicket because this may also be the reason of their dismissal. If the ball reaches the wicket before any of the batsmen grounds the crease, they’re out.
  • If the ball thrown by the bowler was hit by the batsman and flew exceeding the field’s boundary, it scores 6 runs and running is no longer necessary.
  • If the ball touches the ground before it exceeds the field’s boundary after the batsman successfully struck the ball, it scores four runs and the batsmen are not necessary to run.
  • If the ball hit by the batsman touches the ground within the field and without exceeding the boundary, it is time for the batmen to run and make a score.
  • The ball after the run would be returned to the bowler to restart the process for about six times. After the sixth bowl, another member of the fielding team would be assigned to replace the first bowler.
  • Anyone from the fielding team can bowl more than six times after one another. Meaning the bowler could not bowl two consecutive six bowls. But there are matches that require more than six bowls per innings depending on the match.
  • After 10 of the 11 members of the batting team are out, the first innings is completed and it is time to switch the positions, the batting team would become the fielding team and vise versa.

- As mentioned awhile ago, the game consists of two opposing teams, the Fielding team and the Batting team…

The Batting Team!

There should be two batsmen on this team, the striker and the non-striker. The striker should attempt to protect the wicket by hitting the ball and score a run as much as possible while the non-striker would be positioned beside where the bowler is. In batting team, the team captain would be responsible in the batting order, though this is not mandatory, he would decide whether who among the team members would be the “openers”, or the two batsmen who will open the innings. These batsmen who belong to the first group are said to be the best among the teams. The second group are the “top order” or the “upper”, these are usually the third and the fourth batsmen of the team. The third group is the “middle order” or the fifth to seventh member of the team. The last group is the “tail” or the “lower order” who usually are the eighth to eleventh member of the team. These selections should be done before the cricket much but usually changed along the game or while the game is in progress depending on the process on how the game is going. There is no defined rule for this matter, so no matter how many changes on the batting order, it would be under the team captain’s discretion. Also, these positioning can always be changed on the following innings.

The Fielding Team!

Every member of the fielding team would be positioned on the field. Usually, their objective is to collect the ball after the batsmen had struck it feeing to the field and throw it back as fast as they can to the wicket to prevent the batsmen to score a run. The positioning of the team members on the field can also be decided by the team captain but not mandatory either. One from the 11 member would be the bowler who will throw the ball attempting to hit the wicket and the other one from 11 is the wicket keeper who collects the ball every time the batter misses the ball. The remaining nine are positioned along the fields to different stands such as the “slip”, the “long leg”, the “third man” or the “silly mid-on”. It is still the team captain who is considered to be the most important member of the team as he decides whether who will be on what position, decides on what area would be unprotected and decides whenever any changes on the positioning is necessary.

Just showing a simple symbol of the contents of a cricket game
Edited by Henrik Jørgensen
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