Brief introduction of Cricket
This is a game that can be described as a ball and bat game. It is a game of so many fans and loved by many too. It is really intense and very much fun to both play and watch. Cricket is a sport played by over 120 million people all over the world and with India being the country who plays this sport the most. It is the world second most popular sport only second to football which is played by over 250 million people. The aim of the game of cricket is to score more runs than the other team. A team in a professional cricket game comprises of 11 players. The game is played in a rectangular field called a pitch and it is 22 yards long.
There are periods in a game called innings. The game of cricket can have either one or two innings and this is decided just before the game begins. In an inning, one team bats while the other team fields. Each team has a captain and they take part in a coin toss and this tells which team will bat first and which team will field first. Just like all sports, the total number of players are in the field at the same time but in the total 11, only two batsmen are allowed. Although cricket has a rectangular pitch, this is embedded in an oval field.
Things required to play Cricket game
Here we are be looking at the various requirements to play cricket game successfully. This include the following requirements:
- Cricket Clothing
Cricket clothing is also known as cricket whites or simply flannels. These clothing are regulated by the laws of cricket. It is highly recommended that these clothing be loose-fitting and this is because right fitted clothes will not allow for free movement of the body and it could cause some form of restrictions whole loose-fitting clothes do the exact opposite.
The cricket clothing includes a collared shirt. This shirt is usually white. It could be a short-sleeve shirt or a long sleeve shirt, this is dependent on the preference of the player. The clothing also features long trousers and a jumper. The jumper is a wollen pullover and it is in the form of a vest.
This is a very important piece in the game of hockey. It usually has a cup pocket. In this cup pocket, a box or a protective cup is inserted and it does well to hold his cup in place.
- Abdominal Guard
This is also called "box" or an L guard. This is used by the batsmen as well as the wicket keepers. It is made of a very dense plastic and it is has a good construct. It has. A padded edge giving it the shape of a half pear. This abdominal guard is used for the protection of the crotch area so as to be able to take the impact of the ball.
- Sun Hat
This is also called the cricket cap or the baseball cap. It is worn to avoid rays of the sun. This requirement is very necessary when it comes to the game of cricket.
This is worn by individuals close to the batman and most times, advisable to be worn at times when playing the game of cricket. It is worn to protect the head against the impact of the ball. The ball is hit with force and it could have some level of impact.
- Spikes shoes
This is worn to increase Traction.
- Wicker Keeper Gloves
This is needed by the wicketkeeper to be able to catch and hold the ball. The wicket-keeper gloves have a webbing. An extra piece of gloves in between the fingers.
- Leg pads
This is usually worn by the two batsmen and the wicketkeeper. This is so as the shin bone can be protected again impact from the ball.
- Cricket bat
This is used by the Batsman to hit the ball.
There are three stakes guarded by the wicketkeeper. If a batsman wicket loses it bail when it is stuck is out this the defending of the wicket is very important.
Skills required to play Cricket game
There are several skills required for efficient and effective cricket game this include but not limited to the following:
- Batting Skills
This might be the most important skill of the game for most people but it is surely important. You need to watch the ball, you need to judge the length of the ball perfectly, you need to let your hands lead your body which included your feet into the right position and you need to get the right shot. One's grip on the bat must be natural and mustn't be too strong. One has to relax and take away all tension because this causes movement restriction. Commit fully to your selected shot. This skill is a lot in one.
- Catching Skills
This is another important skill. It also features other skills in one and this makes catchers different from other catchers. One's reflexes are really important. How you quickly perceive changes even in late moments. Alertness is also very important. One second of concentration and that's all it takes to lose the ball. Excellent hand-eye coordination is also very important. If this is lacking, you shouldn't be catching.
- Bowling Skills
This is vital for any team and everyone in the team should be great at bowling. It doesn't matter if you are a slow bowler, a medium-paced bowler or a fast bowler, it doesn't matter, just know how to do it and do it well. It has to do the momentum, balance and perfect timing. Master all these and you would become a pro.
How to play Cricket game?
- Get Your Equipment Ready
If it is a professional cricket match, all these materials are needed. If it is a cricket match played for fun, then one can simply make do with Just the vitals.
- Get Your Pitch Ready
The pitch is oval in shape and a professional pitch is embedded in a rectangular field. There should be a clearly marked boundary on the field too. The pitch oval shape is not a necessity but it usually is oval in shape. One must also set up the wickets in the pitch because it is a vital part of the game.
- Get The Players Ready
It is a game of eleven players and two teams. The fielding team must have 11 players in the field while the batting team should have just two and these two are called the batsmen.
Rules Of The Game In Scoring
- Once the batsman hits the ball with the bat, he begins to run to the end of the pitch. If this is done successfully a point is gotten this point is called a run. If he is declared out, that is, they were outed by the fielding team, no point is awarded.
- The striker must not try to stop the ball with any part of their body. If they do, they are out.
- If a batsman is declared out, they must leave the pitch and be replaced by another team player.
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