Meaning Cricket to Americans

Meaning Cricket to AmericansThe cricket has been used since the 1970s from the following discussion, to elaborate cricket to the Americans who had never seen a single cricket match. First developed in the Seattle, it had been used throughout the USA. Try it on your any of American friends. if he/she can understand baseball, they would be able to know about  cricket with this handy guide! [ Click Here for Cricket Dictionary]

the basic of cricket

  • There are total Two teams, with eleven cricket players each (instead of nine players in baseball).
  • There are only two; in the middle of the field, sixty-six feet apart Instead of four bases, all running are between two bases. and ball can be hit in front , OR behind. or, in any direction.
  • EACH team plays all its batting in a SINGLE innings Instead of the rotating batting for nine innings each.
  • The team who score more runs, they win the game.

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[NOTE: Unlike baseball, where a bowler rests every 10 or so pitches when the BATTING rotates, cricket bowlers rest every 6 pitches as their PITCHING rotates.]

  • The fielding team work with TWO bowlers at the same time.
  • The first bowler throws from one base to the other.
    After six balls, the catcher moves around behind the first bowler’s base, bowler #2 takes over.
    He makes six throws in the opposite direction (i.e. towards the starting bowler’s base).
  • The two bowlers keep alternating like this, until one or both of them are relieved.


* [[ IMPORTANT: Each six-ball set is called an “over”, and pitchers are called “bowlers” in cricket. So, to say “Doe bowled seven overs“, is saying the Doe threw 42 pitches, in the sets of six. ]]

  • batting The MAJOR DIFFERENCE of cricket from baseball is that batsman can hit the bowl n ANY direction.
  •     Also, THE BATSMAN CAN RUN WHEN HE LIKES TO, NOT every time batsman hits the ball, as like in baseball. Batsman is safe as long as he /she protects his wickets WITH The BAT (NOT his feet or hands) and makes no other mistakes.
  • As long as the batsman can save his base, he is free to keep batting, and scoring, as long as he/she can do!
  • The batsman is got OUT only when
    •     Any of  three sticks marking the base (called “wickets”) are hit by the bowlers/pitcher
    •     Batter is “bowled” (like being struck out, except that once is the enough).
  • OR, if any ball  hit into a fielder’s hand without touching on the ground, This is called “caught” out(like baseball’s pop fly).
  • OR, if: he/she is running between the bases, and a fielder could touch the base when he is running to, before the runner crosses the “safe line” in front of the wickets, then this is called “run out” (like a tag, except in cricket you tag the base, not the runner).

So, A cricket batsman could be got out on the first bowl, BUT would go on batting until someone puts him/her “out”;
batsmen can stay on base for hours, scoring 50, 100 runs or above!

Scoring plays

  • A batsman can make score in cricket by hitting the ball, selecting to run, then running safely between two bases.
  • Once across (from one base, to the opposite one) is called a “single”, scoring 1 run.
  • There and back is called a “double”, scoring 2 runs.
  • Three times back and forth is called a “triple”, scoring 3 runs.
  • A hit that reaches the fence scores are called four runs.
  • And a hit that flies over the fence is called a six, scoring 6 runs.

Progress of playing cricket

  • Before starting match, the opposite captain toss a coin, to select who will bat or bowl first.
  • The match  starts.
    TWO batsmen are sent in, one for each base (they are called “batter” in baseball).
  • When a batter is got out, the next batter comes in the batting order goes in.
    In the USA, every team is allowed 10 outs  or a maximum number of overs. like 40 overs ( i.e. 240 pitches) to bat.
  • When the inning is finished
    EITHER 10 batsmen have been got out ( i.e. 1 man is left on base, out of the 11 in the team),
    OR when the 40-over limit has been finished.
  • After a team ends batting, there will be a tea (actually, sandwiches, pop and beer) break.
  • Then that team which have been fielding get its chance to bat now.
  • For example the team batting first have scored 90 runs. If the team batting second score only 80  runs in its 40 overs, they will be lost by 10 runs.BUT.. if they cross 90 runs for example only 6 outs within its allocated 40 overs, they will win by 4 “wickets”

How long to play

  • In America a typical cricket match takes about as long as in a weekend baseball double-header.
  • In fact, this is a very useful way of searching at cricket if you can understand baseball:
    Each team’s batting can take about as long, and has as many things occurred, as a total baseball match.
  • A typical cricket match in America could take 5 to 6 hours. This might include of 4 to 5 hours of actual play,
    and the rest of the time for  tea, lunch, refreshment breaks and other pauses.
  • This is about average. There CAN be low-scoring games that are over in 2 or 3 hours