There are different types of sports in the world. Among them, Cricket is one of the most popular games in the world. According to Wikipedia, Cricket is the world’s second most popular sport in terms of audience.
What exactly cricket is?
Cricket is a game between two different teams with a bat and ball on a big field. Each team consists of 11 players and there can only be one winner though sometimes it can be a draw.
What Country Is Cricket From?
The origin of Cricket game began in England presumably during the Anglo Saxon or Norman period by children. Later on, the game continued to dominate in other countries. Cricket is especially popular in South Asia including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan. Besides, the game is also popular in Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies and a few countries in Europe. At present, the audience of the cricket game is about 2.5 billion and the popularity is increasing day by day.
What are the 8 basic rules of cricket?
- A cricket team will have eleven players, including the captain. Out of the formal competition, more than eleven players will be able to participate but for the rules, only eleven players will be on the field.
- Extra players – An extra player can be replaced on the field instead of an injured player. But he is not capable of bat, ball, wicket-keeping or captain. If the key player is healed, he will be able to return to the field. If the batsman is unable to walk or run, he can continue to bat and in this case, the ‘the extra player (runner)’ can assist him.
- Umpire: There are two umpires in the game. They draw the attention of the scorer in applying the rules of the game and takes necessary decisions.
- Innings: Before the game, both teams would consent to play in one or two innings and the innings will be determined by the number of over or time. In both innings, both teams will bat consistently, otherwise, follow-on will be applied. If all the batsmen are out, they are unable to play, if the innings is declared by the captain, then the innings will be finished at the specified time or over. The captain will announce to bat or ball by throwing coins.
- Follow-On – In the game of Cricket, this is a strategy in which the team that batted before in the field forces the opponent to take their second innings immediately following their first innings, instead of after the first team’s second innings as normal.
- The batting captain can announce the termination of the team’s innings at any time. He can also deprive himself of this right before he starts his innings.
- Break time – In the middle of each day’s play, the innings will consist of 5 minutes, lunch, key breaks, and drinks. Timeout and break lengths must be specified before the game begins. Also, occasional breaks and lengths of breaks are dependent on some conditions.
- Field practice – Batting or bowling may not be practiced during the game. However, the practice can be done on the day before the game begins and the day after the game ends.
Here are some more rules on how to collect runs and how to declare a team winner.
If two batsmen cross from one end of the pitch to the other, the run will be collected. In this case, the individual runs along with the Team runs will be inflated. Several runs may be collected from one ball. Several runs can be collected from one ball.
Boundary indicates the position around the cricket field. If for some reason the ball touches or crosses that boundary, then four runs will be collected. Again, if the ball goes out of the field without touching the field, it will be six.
If the ball is lost or the ball is not recovered during the game, the participating team in the field will report that the ball has been lost. Batting teams can claim extra runs by No-Ball and Wide and these runs will be associated with the actual run.
The highest-scoring team in the game will be declared the winner. If for any reason both teams have the same run number, the game will be considered a tie. Also, the game will turn into a draw when the time is up before both teams finish their innings.
Six balls will be considered as an over. Wide and no-ball will not be added to it. However, a bowler will not be entitled to bowl two overs.
If the bowler loses control over the ball during the game, the ball will be converted to dead. Once the ball is considered dead, there will be no run and no batsman will be out. There are many reasons why the ball can be dead.
If for some reason the bowler is bowled in the wrong place or if his elbow is not straight during delivery or if the ball is bounced twice, then it can be considered a No ball. The batting team will get extra runs for No balls.