Although Hockey is the national game of India, it is cricket that enjoys supremacy in terms of fan following. Professional cricket involves 22 players plus umpires but also can played with less players, right down to one batsman, one bowler and a fence or wall with a wicket chalked on it. Cricket is a game that you can spend your whole lifetime learning.
This article does not pretend to cover everting there is to know about Cricket. What it does offer is good grounding in the key respects and skills that make a better cricketer and some tops tips from the legends of the game. There is no better feeling in the world for any cricketer than play for his or her country in any format of the game. There is a long way to go before you get there, but you WILL be a inching closer by the time you have finished this article, honest.
So, read on and enjoy the time. Cricket matches are played in several different formats: Test cricket or test match cricket is the longest form of cricket. Players and fans call this as the ultimate test of cricket abilities compared to international competitions.
Test cricket matches are only played between national representatives, as determined by the International Cricket Council. A One Day International ODI is a form of limited overs cricket, played between two teams with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, usually The Cricket World Cup is played in this format.
This is shorter format of the game A Twenty20 is a form of cricket, played between two of the top members of the International Cricket Council ICC , in which each team faces 20 overs. If spin is imparted to the ball, it will come up from the pitch at an angle. An off break ball hits the pitch on the off side of the wicket and turns toward the batsman and leg side; a leg break ball hits on the leg side of the pitch and turns across the face of the bat to the off.
Bowlers also can make the ball swing in flight. An inswinger swerves from off to leg, thus moving into the batsman; an outswinger swerves from leg to off, moving away from the batsman. A ball is said to be good length if it comes off the pitch at such a distance from the batsman as to make him uncertain whether to step forward to play his stroke or to move back.
For fast bowlers the wicketkeeper stands 12 to 15 yards behind the stumps. He crouches close to them to receive bowls of slow bowlers. The striker should take a comfortable stance, with the weight evenly balanced on both feet and the knees slightly relaxed for easy and quick movement.
The bat should be held straight vertical , with the full face toward the ball. The batsman may either stop the bowled ball or hit it.
By shifting his feet and wrist, he can hit the ball in any direction. If he makes a hit he decides whether or not to run; if the ball goes behind the wicket, his partner decides. The basis of all batting strokes is the forward stroke to a straight ball.