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Overview of Cricket


Overview of Cricket

In this post you are find all the important and related details to this sport. Cricket is a game played between two teams, generally of 11 members each. In essence, it is single combat, in which an individual batsman does battle against an individual bowler, who has helpers known as fielders. The bowler propels the ball with a straight arm from one end of the 22-yard pitch in an attempt to dismiss the batsman by hitting a target known as the wicket at the other end, or by causing the batsman to hit the ball into the air into a fielder's grasp, or by inducing one of a number of other indiscretions. The batsman attempts to defend the wicket with the bat and to score runs - the currency of the game - by striking the ball to the field boundary, or far enough from the fielders to allow the batsman to run to the other end of the pitch before the ball can be returned. At least two bowlers must take turns, from alternating ends; also, there are always two batsmen on the field, each to take a turn as required. After all the players required to bat on both sides have done so either once or twice (which can take from a few hours to five days) the total number of runs accumulated determines the winner.


During normal play, thirteen players and two umpires are on the field. Two of the players are batsmen and the rest are all eleven members of the fielding team. The other nine players in the batting team are off the field in the pavilion.


The objective of the game is that a team should score more runs than the opponent team. It is all about attempting to score more runs, while restricting the score and dismissing the batsmen of the opponent team.

Player: Official Cricket Rule

If you are watching cricket and you do not know the rules governing the game than you can’t understand actually which rule, at which point will be affected. This bat and ball game looks deceptively simple, but to appreciate fully the finer point of the matches, a solid understanding of 10 basic rules is really important. Because without having a proper information or guidance chances of penalties is getting more.

1. Two teams, 22 players: According to Purdue University explains that a cricket match is little more than two teams facing off against each other. Each team has 11 players on the field. One of a team's 11 players is the team captain. This player is primarily responsible for ensuring that a team has no more than 11 players on the field at any given time.

2. Umpires' rulings are final: Lord's notes that the umpire is the final authority in play decisions. Players who fail to follow directions or who balk at an umpire's decision will be turned over to the team captain for dismissal or other discipline measures.
3. Six balls equal one over: The bowler bowls the cricket ball to the striker. If the latter hits it and misses, the ball is considered completed. After the bowler delivers six balls, he has completed an "over." Another team member now takes a turn to bowl the next over.

4. Game duration is negotiated: Teams may agree to play two innings and limit the number of hours they will be on the field. In the alternative, the teams may opt to only play one innings but do so by agreeing on the number of overs ahead of time in test-matches.
5. Professional-level cricket matches are limited duration games: Even so, these games usually referred to as test matches -- last six hours per day and continue for five days. Since test matches must use natural light only, playtime is set between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
6. Batsmen do not have to run: In cricket, the batsmen carry their bats with them as they run and use them to touch the ground marking their progress. It is noteworthy that they do not have to run.
7. Boundary fence hit equals four runs: Cricket recognizes that a batsman's ability to hit the fence with a bowled ball should equal four runs. If the ball goes beyond the boundary fence, the batsman scores six runs.
8. Time wasting is penalized: It is well known that cricket games can go on for days. In order to curtail time wasting, a new batsman is out of the game if it takes him longer than two minutes to take the field after a wicket fall.
9. Field placement is optional: The team captain may choose to place team members in a number of field positions. Each captain uses this strategy to the advantage of the team and to throw off the strategy of the opposing team.


Fundamental Skills of Cricket

If you are plan to playing a cricket, so this is really important for you that you know all the basic and important skills of the cricket.

  1. Batting Skills

If you are going for batting remember this point always, a batsman must possess good hand-eye coordination, reflexes, strength, running speed, sound judgment, and of course knowledge of cricket rules and an understanding of cricket strategy and tactics. These basic skills are put to use in specific actions such as:

  • Preventing the ball from hitting the wicket (which would result in the batsman being out bowled).
  • Avoiding being hit in the legs in front of the wicket (which may result in the batsman being out leg before wicket).
  • Avoiding hitting catches to any fielders (which would result in the batsman being out caught).
  • Avoiding being hit by the ball in a way that might cause injury.
  • Hitting the ball with the bat with precise placement, timing, and strength to avoid fielders.
  • Judging when it is safe to take a run, and taking the run.

The act of hitting the cricket ball is called a shot or stroke. Batting involves knowledge and skill in several different types of shot. Good batsmen usually also have what is called "balance", which more or less involves stability of the body with synchronized movements of the shoulders and feet.

  1. Bowling Skills

In the sport of cricket, bowling is the action of propelling the ball toward the wicket defended by a batsman. A player skilled at bowling is called a bowler. A single act of bowling the ball towards the batsman is called a ball or a delivery. Bowlers bowl deliveries in sets of six, called an over. Once a bowler has bowled their over, one of their team mates will bowl an over from the other end of the pitch. In terms of strategic importance in a game, important priorities of a bowler are, in order of importance:

1. Get batsmen out.

2. Prevent batsmen from scoring runs.



The wicket-keeper's major function is to stop deliveries that pass the batsman (in order to prevent runs being scored), but often he can also attempt to dismiss the batsman in various ways. The most common dismissal effected by the wicket-keeper is for him to catch a ball that has nicked the batsman's bat, called an edge, before it bounces. Sometimes the keeper is also in the best position to catch a ball which has been hit high in the air. The keeper can also stump the batsman by using the ball to remove the bails from the stumps if the batsman has come out of his crease during a delivery. Finally, when the ball is hit into the outfield, the keeper moves close to the stumps to catch the return throw from a fielder and, if possible, to run out a batsman.

By playing any sports your physical health always remains better. In common with most sports, there are health benefits to playing cricket. It can improve endurance, stamina, physical fitness, and hand-eye coordination. Cricket also involves short bursts of sprinting and throwing which is good for cardiovascular health. The game is also good for developing team skills.

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