Cricket is played between 22 players divided between two teams. In addition to England, cricket is very much associated with Australia and India. Cricket is played on oval grass fields in varying sizes, between 450 and 500 feet.
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The grass free surface is called pitch, in each end is a wicket, with three stumps with two bails that rests on the wicket. The bowler from the fielding side throws the ball at the wicket-keeper, and the batsman's job is to defend the wicket with the bat. The other players on the fielding side are tasked with throwing the already hit balls at the wicket-keeper, or alternately at the wicket.
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The teams take turns in bowling and batting. The batting team has only two players - both “batsmen” on the field defending one wicket each. The batsmen run between the wickets when one of the batsmen hit the ball - this must be done before a fielding player manages to throw the ball to the wicket-keeper or the wicket. If the two batsmen in the playing area manage to reach the wicket before being out caught by the opposing team that team scores a run. If the ball is hit out of bounds, they score six runs. If the ball hits the field before it is out of bounds they score four runs.
The batsmen run between the wickets when one of the batsmen hit the ball - this must be done before a fielding player manages to throw the ball to the wicket-keeper or the wicket.
The goal of the team on the fielding side is to dismiss the batsmen, and this is most commonly achieved by making them out caught. When only one batter remain the teams change places. The teams also change places if the batters can’t manage to keep up with the opposing team's number of runs. When the batter is out it is called wicket, this happens when the batter misses the ball or when the ball hits the wicket and cause the bails to fall. The batter is out if a player on the fielding side catches the ball in the air before it hits the ground. If the batter misses the ball resulting in the ball hitting the batter - the fielding team gain a wicket, the same applies if one of the batters fail in crossing the line before the fielding side hits the wicket with the ball, or if the wicket-keeper catches the ball.
How to Bet on Cricket
The majority of betting companies offer their players odds on cricket. Markets available include; match winners, best player of the match, best bowler of the team, highest number of match sixes, 1st over - total number of runs, a hundred is scored in the match, runs where 1st wicket falls, match handicap, player achievement, first to make ten runs, winning coin toss, best batter of the team, highest opening partnership, team to get the highest 1st 6 over result, that a fifty is scored in the match, 1st wicket method, highest number of run outs, total number of sixes in the match and batter - H2H. Note that the range of markets can vary between different betting companies.
Cricket terms you should know are;
- Golden duck
- Royal duck
- Maiden over
- Wicket maiden
- Dot ball
List of Famous Cricket Players;
- Shahid Afridi
- Shoaib Akhtar
- Muttiah Muralitharan
- Imran Khan
- Sachin Tendulkar
- Brian Lara
- Sir Vivian Richards
- Brett Lee
- Wasim Akram
- Kumar Sangakkara
- Mahela Jayawardene