CRICKET: THE GENTLEMEN’S GAME.
Cricket was invented in the vast fields of England, supposedly by sheperds who herded their flock.Later on this game was shown benovalency by aristrocrats, and now has the strature of being Englands national game. After a century now, cricket stands in the international arena, with a place of its own.
Cricket involves two teams with 11 players on each side. The captain who wins the toss decides whether his team bats or bowls first. If they bat first , their aim is to score a lot of runs and make sure the other team does not reach that score.
FORMATS OF THE GAME
Cricket is played in many aladin138 formats , but the most popular are TEST CRICKET and ONE DAY cricket. In TEST cricket game goes on for 5 days, with each team batting twice – if time permits.
ONE DAY is the most popular format, with each team getting 300 balls to score runs. ANd the other team tries to outscore them within the same number of balls.
Three functions of the players are 1. BATSMEN, 2. BOWLING 3. FIELDING.
1. Batsmen – one who scores runs of the balls bowled by the bowler.
2. Bowler – One who bowls, and tries to get the batsmen “out”(dimissed from the ground).
3. Fielder – Players (10) who assist the bowler in achieving his goal, and prevent the batsmen from scoring runs.
The game of cricket mainly revolves around batsmen. Crowds love the batsmen, especially when they wallop the ball all over the ground. Batsmen are the ones who whip up hysteria in the crowd, eveybody loves them, they are the Don Juans of the game.
Many batsmen are good, but only a few are great. Their style, their flair, talent is unique. To each his own – if I can quote this famous phrase.
From the numerous batsmen, from the 11 ICC (International Cricket Committee, London, UK) recognize , only a few achieve imortality. So what is the thing that seperates the boys from the men?
Many factors go in deciding, or rather making of a great batsmen. A natural talent is most definate, a good coach (Achrekar who coached Sachin Tendulkar), and obviously performing at the right time.
In my first article, Lets take a glimpse in the life and times of Sir Donald Bradman, the pioneer of batting flair.