What?, You've Never Heard Of The Game Of Cricket.!

By: Jeremy Rearden

In many countries of the World, Cricket is extremely popular. In the region where it is played, it is the most popular and spectator sport. You will notice this game if you go outside North America to places like England and Wales, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the Caribbean.

Cricket is a sport that utilizes a bat and ball, in some ways similar to baseball. Although at first glance the two games may seem similar, there are stark differences between the two sports. To someone unfamiliar with cricket, the game may seem confusing at first.

There are many things common to both these games. Just as is the case in baseball, the game is divided into halves called 'innings'. As is the case in baseball, during the 'inning' one team bats while the other team 'fields' and 'bowls'.

In cricket, the team who bats first sets a target score that the other team must try to match. The team that is bowling (or playing the field) tries to limit the number of points or "runs" that the opposing team scores. Unlike baseball, when a team is at bat they always have two batters (or batsmen) on the field. The innings is not over until 10 batsmen are declared out. When there are 10 outs, this is referred to as "taking their wickets" and results in the inning ending.

At the end of the game the winner is the team with the highest amount of runs. If the losing team bats last, the team is said to have lost by (the difference in the runs of the winning team and the losing team). If the winning team is bats last, they have won by (the total amount of) runs". If neither team is ahead with more runs, the cricket match can end in a "tie" or "draw".

The differences between a baseball bat and a cricket bat are very obvious. While the cricket bat is made up of a long handle and a flat surface, more like a paddle, the baseball bat is round and essentially tube shaped. Though the batting in cricket is very similar to batting in baseball, it is not the same. The same holds good for bowling and pitching.

The order in which the batsmen come to bat can be changed any time depending on the planned strategy to gain advantage of the situation. When the batsman hits the ball it is called the shot or 'stroke'. At times when the batsman hits the ball from the edge of the bat instead of the flat surface then it is called a 'snick'.

The chief factor that makes cricket so compelling for some is the subtle differences in strategy. These differences attract both spectators and participants, and these differences contribute to the vastly difference in experience between playing and watching the game.

Cricket is a great game that you will love and enjoy to play. You will have to overcome the steep learning curve of the jargon and nomenclature for the sport that is used to communicate the details of the game with enthusiasm. You should look into cricket if you are visiting one of the countries in which it is popular if you have an opportunity to visit these places.

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About the author: Jeremy Rearden is the chief editor for Focus on Cricket, the web's premier location when you're after accurate up to date advice and ideas about Cricket. For more free articles on Cricket why not visit: www.focuscricket.com/articles
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