Basics 101: all you need to know about cricket game and player roles

Although at first glance it seems extremely complicated cricket is a very interesting and popular sport. It is most similar to baseball, though it is quite different from it. The cricket ground is round or oval, slightly larger than 120 meters in diameter.

The match is played by two teams of 11 players each. There are 11 players on the field at the same time – Fielding Team and 2 Batting Team opponents. Players with sticks are facing each other in the central part of the rectangular playground at the ends of which are goals consisting of 3 tripods and 2 shorts. The players of the fielding team are the pitcher, the catcher and the other 9 players standing in the field. Roughly speaking, half of the team specializes in hitting while the other half is better at pitching.

What is the goal of the striker?

The goal of the striker is to hit the ball that the pitcher throws at him and hits it so that none of the opposing players catches it. Then he runs to the opposite end and changes place with his teammate. One such change of place is called “run” and is the basic unit of cricket scoring. Four runs are automatically awarded to the kicker who throws the ball out of bounds, and six runs if the kick was such that the ball flew straight out of bounds.

The goal of the fielding team is to prevent the scorer from scoring quick and agile reactions to the rejected ball, as well as throwing the hitter by knocking down his wicket or catching the deflected ball in a so-called flight.

All you need to know about innings

Each team has its innings, a period of play during which time that team plays the role of hitter and for which he scores. At the end of their inning, the role of the striker is given to the opposing team, which seeks to score more runs than them. Each inning consists of a set number of overs, a set of 6 correct pitches by one pitcher. The match can last 20, 30, 40 or 50 overs, depending on the competition.

So one team is in the role of hitter 20 overs (120 throws) and during that time he tries to get as many runs as possible, thus making the task more difficult for opponents.

Representation of cricket around the world

Cricket is one of the most massive sports in the world with a quite large fanbase. In the countries where it is most represented (England, Australia, India, Pakistan, Jamaica, South Africa, United Arab Emirates…) cricketers are true professionals with star status such as footballers, rugby players, tennis players, etc. They are quite famous. Australia, followed by India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, England, the Caribbean (West Indies), is currently ranked # 1 in the world ranking for the past three years.