Cricket might be seen as a complicated game by people who have never played before. To help break it down, here are the basic rules:
1) 22 players, two teams
Cricket matches are a little more than just one team facing off against the other. Each team has 11 players on the field. One of the 11 is the team captain. The team captain’s prime responsibility is to ensure that his team 11 players on the field at any given time and no more.
2) Umpires’ decisions are final
The umpire is the renders the final judgment in play decisions. Those who fail to who complain at an umpire’s decision or fail to follow instructions are turned over to the team captain for discipline measures such as dismissal from the game.
3) One over can equal six balls
The bowler throws the cricket ball towards the striker. If the striker hits the ball and misses, the cricket ball is considered to be completed. If the bowler delivers six balls, he completes an “over.” Now another teammate takes his turn to bowl the following over.
4) Game duration can be negotiated:
Teams could agree to limit the amount of time they will be on the field and play 2 innings. Alternatively, the teams may decide to play one innings only, but by doing so, they have to agree on the overs number ahead of time.
5) Professional cricket games are limited duration games:
These games are also called test matches. These cricket games can last six hours in a day and go on for five days. Since they must utilize only natural light, playtime is usually between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
6) Batsmen don’t need to run
American fans usually expect baseball players to toss aside their bats and run from one base to another. In cricket, the batsmen take their bats with them as they run and utilize them to touch the ground marking their achievement.
7) A boundary fence hit is equal to four runs
In cricket when a batsman hits a fence with a bowled ball he earns four runs. Should the ball go beyond the fence, the batsman will receive six runs.
8) Overthrows allow for additional runs:
If fielders fail to throw back the ball, the batsmen resume taking runs. Should the ball roll to the boundary, the runs that already have been completed are added to the automatic four-run score that is earned by a boundary hit.
9) Time wastage is penalized
Cricket games can take days. So as to curtail time wastage, a new batsman can be thrown out. This happens if it takes him more than two or three minutes to take the field after having a wicket fall.
10) Optional field placement
The team captain can choose to place members of the team in various field positions. Captains use this strategy to their advantage by throwing off the opposing team’s strategy