Enter the World of Cricket: Fantasy and Elegance Untold
Players of each side take turns
Game of two teams
Cricket is a game played by two teams of players comprising of 11 players in each team. The game is played in an open ground and has a boundary which is usually oval or circular in shape. The ball that is sent out of the ground over the boundary ropes is a dead ball. The batsman who sends the ball scores either 4 (if the ball has bounced inside the ground) or a 6 (if the ball has not bounced within the playing area).
Bowlers take turns sending down balls six at a time from each end. When a batsman strikes the ball, he crosses over and lets the other batsman take a strike at the ball. In this manner, the strike keeps rotating.
Physical and mental game
Playing a game of cricket involves many things both mental and physical. On the physical side there is the equipment, the players and the ground where we actually play the game. They also have ground staff comprising of two umpires who make decisions whether runs were scored legally, whether the batsman is out or whether conduct of the game is fair or not. You also have scorers who keep records of the runs the batsmen score, the number of batsmen who are out and the overall score.
Batting is most vital
Chasing the score
The game of cricket can be understood as a chase. One team sets up a target and the other team chases it. If the second team overtakes the score of the first team, then they win.
Each of the teams is allowed to field 11 players. They are also allowed reserve players to stand in for those who might get injured during the play. The play consists of batting and fielding mainly.
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Batting is a skill
Batting involves striking the ball that the member of the opposite team sends down the pitch. The pitch is 22 yards in length. Wickets are placed at each end and this forms the target for the bowlers. The batsmen guard these stumps and if they fail to do so, they are out. The next batsman takes his place and the game goes on.
The scoring occurs when the batsman strikes the ball and the fielders, the members of the opposition team fail to gather the ball. Until they do so, the batsmen keep running from end to end of the pitch. Each time they reach the other end, they score one run.
If a batsman is caught out of the crease then he is given out. Then the next batsman comes to the crease. Only one batsman is allowed to take the crease at one time.
Wicket keeper stands behind the wickets
Fielding skills win matches
Fielding is also a skill that some players excel in. Some remarkable fielders of this game are Sobers, Azharuddin and Eknath Solkar among others. Outstanding batsmen include Sobers, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara and M.S. Dhoni.
Among the top cricketers of all time we have Sir Donald Bradman, Gary Sobers, Vivian Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Dennis Lillee, Ian Botham, S. M. Gavaskar, Imran Khan, Jayasurya and Ponting.
Top cricketing grounds
The top cricket pitches in the world include London Cricket Ground, The Lords, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, The Wanderers, South Africa, The WACA, Australia, Newlands, South Africa, The Oval, London, Eden Gardens, India and Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia. Each cricket ground has its own tale to tell and people all over the world have fond memories of massive totals and chases, of wins and misses that have created history.
Eden Gardens Cricket Ground was established in 1864 and has a capacity of about 90,000 spectators. The Oval in London has a capacity of 23,500 and entered the cricketing scene in 1880. The largest cricketing ground in the world is at Melbourne and it has a capacity of 95,000 spectators.
Don't miss the cricket fun
Cricket is always fun to watch and has a word wide following. People sometimes sit up missing sleep and even work to watch their favorite players fight it out on the cricket field. After the advent of televised media, the craze has spread even more, though people do not frequent the cricket stadium so much. Though some people do not like cricket because they call it too slow, or a ‘lazy man’s game’, they are quick to admit how it has changed the culture and history with its eloquent presence in social circles.