Learn to Play Cricket for Children aged 5 and above



Cricket originated from England. This English game is basically hitting a ball with a stick. This stick is a "bat" which is an English word meaning stick or club. Earlier bats were like hockey sticks since, the bowling used to be fast, underarm and rolled along the ground. By the eighteenth century, the bat developed into a heavier, longer, curved version of our modern bat where the handle and blade were carved out of a single piece of wood.


Benefits of Cricket

Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport. Many children who are reluctant to take part in sports, find this as their "game." The main goal of this game is self-control, integrity and respect for others. Children learning this game, will be exposed to the above. This game helps to improve a child's speed, flexibility and reflexes. It also helps increase concentration and the ability to think strategically and make decisions accordingly.

The child will be undergoing a lot of physical activity such as sprinting between the wickets. He will be mentally challenged while playing this game since, he will have to make wise decisions while hitting the ball depending on the type of bowling. There are various social benefits of this game since, your child will be exposed to many people as his team travels to competitions locally, nationally and internationally.

Cricket is a great way to develop a child's mind, body and spirit, helping to lay the foundation for a successful adult.

This is the fastest growing sport in various universities in Canada and United States. Since, this is game is getting so popular it may also be included in the Olympics soon.


Children aged 5 and over

Cricket is a game of group instruction thus, children aged 5 and over can begin to learn this game by participating in the United States Youth Cricket Association (USYCA). This game is played with a soft cricket ball to ensure the safety of the children.

Rules of the Game:

The basic rules of cricket are:

  • 2 teams are required to play this game.
  • Each team should have 11 players.
  • The main goal of this game is to score more runs than the opposing team.
  • One team fields while the other team is batting.
  • There are 2 batsman on the field. Guarding each set of wickets.
  • The fielding team bowls the cricket ball to the batsman. The batsman will hit the ball and run between wickets to score runs.
  • Goal of the fielding team is to get the batsman out. While, the batsman will play strategically to defend himself and score runs for his team. Off each delivery, a batter can score 0 to 6 runs.
  • If the ball is hit to the boundary along the ground, it is 4 runs. If the ball is hit over the boundary, it is worth 6 runs.

How to play this game:

  1. There are 2 umpires to monitor the game.
  2. There are 2 batsman from the batting team. One is the striker and the other is non-striker.
  3. The fielding team has their 10 players all spread out on the ground so that they can catch the ball when the batter hits.
  4. The 11th player is bowling.
  5. The bowler will bowl a ball towards the striker while, the non-striker will stand alert on the other side of the wicket.
  6. As soon as the striker can hit the bowler's ball, he will make an attempt to run towards the opposite wicket. The non-striker will run towards the other side of the wicket. They will cross each other on the cricket pitch and reach the opposite wicket. That will be considered 1 run.
  7. They could continue to do so, until the ball comes near them.
  8. Once, they see the ball is near them. They should stop or else they would be run-out since, the bowler will attempt to hit the wicket which is not guarded by the batsman and he will be OUT.
  9. This play continues until all the 10 players of the batting team are OUT.
  10. The teams switch their roles such as the batting team will field and the fielding team will bat.

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Wallabies RWC15 4 years ago from 3rd rock from the sun

Nice intro Ruchira! Are you able to follow the current Australia/India series on TV in the US, or just via the web?

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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

Hello Ruchira,

Voted up and useful! You have explained the details of the game very clearly. This is my favourite game.

I would like to share a story with you. When my son was around five we enrolled him in a cricket coaching centre. At first he was excited but later lost all the interest just because of regimented way of training. Then we realised that at that age they love to play constantly and don't want to wait for their turn to come. During the training one has to wait as everyone has to get a chance.

Now, he loves to watch and knows about all the national and international cricketers. He plays too with his friends but still not interested in joining coaching.

All the Best!

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

I had no idea that cricket is the second most popular spectator sport- very cool! I love the names used for the different positions. It'd be fun to play! I hope I get the chance someday.

Yogesh Patel 4 years ago

very good intro Ruchira and I am sure there are easier versions for introduction of the game to Elementary school children. United State Youth Cricket Organization is spreading the word to many school districts. G to www.usyca.org for more information. keep up the good work Ruchira.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Wallabies RWC15,

Thanks for the read. I am glad you liked it.

Yes, I have been following the India Vs Australia matches via the internet. Thanks for asking :)

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anglnwu 4 years ago

In Singapore, where British influence is great, cricket is also a popular game. Thanks for useful and interesting information contain in this hub. Rated up.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Shampa,

I am so happy to hear that your son is equipped with all the basic knowledge about this sports and has great interest in watching this game.

My family also loves watching cricket. We have 2 cricketers in our family as well...Sunday mornings are usually spent on the grounds.

Wishing your son the inclination to start playing/his coaching. Cheers!

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Simone,

I am glad you liked reading about this game. This sure is a very popular sport and I have been seeing quite a few groups practice it in parks on weekend mornings. You might just be lucky if they allow you swing a bat or a throw a ball :)

Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hello Yogesh,

I am glad that you enjoyed the content above. Thank you for the wishes and stopping by...appreciate it!

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Angi,

Yes, this game is being seen practiced almost everywhere now :) It's gaining grounds, my friend.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that Singapore is also catching its fever :)

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makusr 4 years ago from India

Hello Ruchira, Thanks for popularizing cricket the game akin to religion in India in a very methodical and scholarly manner.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Manoj,

Cricket is definitely becoming popular in North America as well...thus, the above!

Thanks for stopping by.

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AnkushKohli 4 years ago from India

Very nice basic theories explained to someone new to the game. Specially the parts of world like US where game is still not such developed, the people would be curious to know more about it. This post will be really helpful for them. The amazing fact about relation between US and Cricket is the first ever international match was played between USA vs Canada in Newyork. I have heard that US cricket authorities are bringing IPL like tournament to US which may generate huge interest to the game. I hope our most loved sport prosper as far as possible. Wish you best of luck for future.

Thank You.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Ankush,

Yes, I hope so that this game flourishes as it is doing in India and other countries. Thank you for your vote of confidence in the above. Appreciate you stopping by.

Wishing you luck in your future endeavors as well...Cheers!

IntegrityYes 4 years ago

HAH-HAH! That is another awesome one, Ruchira. You are cool.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I have never played this game before but it looks like a lot of fun. Very interesting!

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I think this is a fascinating game. Thanks for sharing it with us! A great introduction to a savvy sport.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Ruchira, you have explained the basics of cricket extremely well for those non conversant with the game. This should surely motivate many to take to it.

In India, cricket is the most popular game and cricketers are looked upon as demi Gods.

That cricket is being taught in the US is news for me.

Voted up, useful & interesting.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks integrityyes. I am glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks Tammy. It is an interesting game and very soon it will be played in many states of US 'cause I see many teams have been formed on the state level.

Thanks Midget38. I am glad you enjoyed it. Cheers!

Thanks Rajan. Yes, they play cricket in the States. My husband is in one of the teams but it's just played locally. My son is also in the line to learn this game. It's an exciting era :)

kelleyward 4 years ago

I don't know much about cricket so I appreciate you sharing this hub. I've always been intrigued by the sport. Voted up, useful, interesting and shared. Kelley

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Kelley. I am glad you found the above sport useful and interesting. It is gathering so much awareness that I will not be surprised if it is played in leagues within USA soon :)


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

Hello Ruchira,

Few months ago you requested me to add a link of this hub in one of my article. I wanted to do so but was not quite sure how to do it. Now, I've learnt it and so I' ve linked this hub with the hub IPL and its advantage. You can check it. Good Luck!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Thanks to you I now understand cricket! This game has mystified me all of my life. It has always looked fascinating but I never understood it. Thank you my friend; I am now educated. :)

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

thanks Shampa. Will hop by to check it out :)

Thanks Bill. I am glad this hub could educate you enough...cheers!

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Ruchira,

It would take a while to learn all the nuances of playing Cricket. Your descriptions and the video were helpful to someone that knows nothing about it. We saw people playing Cricket in Canada and they were all dressed in white. It sounds like it would be a fun game. I am much more familiar with baseball. Up votes and sharing.

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twentyfive 4 years ago

Now I wanna play cricket :) Amazing hub!

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Great intro Ruchira . At a recent trip back from india I brought my son a nice bat signed by all the Chennai Superkings players - he was delighted. I have many fond memories of paying cricket everywhere where I grew up. Thanks for the nostalgia.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I've never played cricket, but I've seen quite a few crickets and their constant chirping can be very annoying. Fab hub, now I want to play!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

My nephew is a baseball fanatic, so he may find this variant interesting to try. Voting this Up and Useful.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Peggy,

I am glad you were intrigued by this game. It employs a bat and a ball but its rules are way different from baseball.

Hi twentyfive,

Good luck in your play. I am sure you will enjoy it.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Mohan,

I am sure your kid would treasure that bat. Chennai kings were the champs and that would also inspire him to go out and play. My husband also played cricket all his life and we are trying to introduce to our son, but he is more into baseball. Gotta wait and watch ;)

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

haha..Sunshine...this is way different from the crickets chirping outside...lol

Alocsin, I hope your nephew enjoys it :) thanks!

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mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

Awesome hub ! I was thinking to write one, someday about cricket but hands down you did a way better job !!!!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Wonderful Ruchira and thanks for sharing .

Have a great day.


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Mr-Veg and Eiddwen. Am glad you enjoyed reading about this sport :)

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teaches12345 3 years ago

I have always been fascinated by this game but have never played it. At least now I know the rules and understand the objectives. Great hub and very interesting.

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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

very interesting, and as you know Ruchira Cricket is the most popular game in India, and you have very well explained the various characteristics of the game, very much useful hub, god bless.

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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Dianna and Girishpuri.

I am glad you liked what you read.

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Fastian 3 years ago

Nice hub. Baseball actually developed in the 19th century from the British games rounders and cricket. But Americans don't seem to know!

I started following and playing it in 1999 when I was a kid. The days of Wasim Akram and younger Shoaib Akhtar(Waqar wasn't playing). That was fantastic. And it's sad those days of Wasim, Waqar, Klusner, Warne, Fleming won't come back. But I still follow it passionately. Looking forward to the Champions Trophy 2013.

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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Fastian.

Yup, Champions Trophy would be interesting.

Kristi Campbell 3 years ago

Because of you and your awesomeness, I just signed up for hubpages as a reader of you tonight. I look forward to the day I teach my son cricket and appreciate your step by step on it.

sharmapk752 3 years ago


Very helpful tips for beginners.

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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Kristi. Wishing you luck :)

Thanks Sharmapk752

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Cricket was one by best games played years ago and I miss playing now. An informative and well advised hub for the beginners.

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Ruchira 2 years ago from United States Author

Thanks DDE :)

Glad you enjoyed reading it!

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