How To Teach Cricket To Beginners
Cricket is the most loved sport in our country. The legacy is not new but more than a hundred years old. Cricketers were always regarded as one of the highly regarded citizens of the country even in the 20th Century, but the change of the Indian mindset came with the first World Cup win in the year 1983, after Kapil Dev and his boys brought home the first World Cup from England after defeating the most feared team in the World then, The West Indies. Ever since that time, Cricketers became heroes to their fans and Cricket became a national sport, played in all nooks and corners of the country. People started enjoying the game as a leisure sport initially but soon it became a household name. Following this trend, the major rules of cricket were invented.
Today, Cricketers are nothing less than superstars for their fans. Today, Cricket is not just a household name, it has become a festival, an emotion. People in India would gather around to see players in their colonies play the game, let alone International matches. Kids are in love with the sport and it looks like this game is going to be a part of our lives as long as we live.
Today we decided to break down Cricket for beginners out there who either are starting off their Gully Cricket career or at the domestic level. Just a friendly guide for you to understand the most loved game in the country:
THINGS YOU NEED TO PLAY
Cricket Bat –
The bat is the wooden plate used to hit the ball to score runs. According to the rules, a bat can be no longer than 38 inches in length and 4.5 inches in width. It can weigh anywhere between 1 kg to 2.5 kg. If you are a beginner, we recommend that you use a lighter bat.
Cricket Ball –
The cricket ball is round in shape and usually comes in white or red in color and is made of leather. A red ball is used in day matches or longer games like Test matches while a white ball is used for playing in shorter formats or in day/night matches.
Stumps are cylindrical wooden sticks that are dug into the ground at both ends of the pitch. They support two bails at the top and form a wicket. The stumps should be no longer than 28 inches in height and 9 inches in width.
Ground and Pitch –
The Cricket ground is supposed to be in the shape of a sphere. The potion of the ground where the batsman takes his stance and the bowler comes in to throw the ball to the batsman is known as the Pitch. The pitch is in a rectangular shape and measures 20 meters in length and 3 meters in width.
KEY RULES AND REGULATIONS
• The game of Cricket is contested between two teams each comprising of 11 players.
• Games must comprise of at least one innings each for both teams where they will take turns in batting and fielding/bowling.
• The fielding team appoints a bowler bowl to the batsman who tries to strike the ball with his/her bat.
• The fielding team tries to get the batsmen out by the following: -
• striking the wickets off with the ball while bowling
• Catching a batsman’s shot on the full
• Hitting the batsman’s leg in front of the wicket (LBW)
• Or hitting the wickets before the batsmen can run to the other end of the pitch
• The batmen tries to score as many runs as possible before getting out by hitting the ball and running between the wickets and making it to the other end before the fielders can hit the wickets with the ball.
• Each time the batsman runs one full length of the pitch it equals 1 run.
• The batsman hits the ball to the boundary along the ground is 4 runs.
• The striker hits the ball over the boundary on the full equals 6 runs.
• The fielding team must get 10 batsmen out before they can start batting.
• The motive of the game is to accumulate as many runs as possible before the fielding team takes 10 wickets. The team with the most runs wins.
Important Aspects of The Game
There must be two teams to contest in a match of Cricket and an equal number (11 on each side) of participants in both the teams.
Both teams will take turns to bat for a certain number of overs or time depending upon the format of the game in pursuit of making more runs than the opponent team.
Both teams will take turns bowling at each other to restrict the opponent to a minimum score which they can either defend of surpass to win the game.
The team that bowls at the batting team must allot fielders in positions around the ground in order to protect the runs scored by the batsman.
Umpire is a match referee who governs the game and makes important decisions in the game on the basis of occurrences like:
• Batsman hitting a six
• Batsman smashing a boundary
• Batsman getting out
• Start of Play
• Abandonment of a match
Both teams appoint a captain, who will lead the team throughout the match and will make important decisions on the team’s behalf which supports the team’s interest.
It is especially important to keep in mind that Cricket is a team sport and needs special attention when it comes to learning important skills and exercises which can help a beginner polish their skills as they progress. To become good at this sport it is particularly important to have the following skills:
• Good hand-eye co-ordination
• Good batting and bowling technique
• The ability to throw at the wickets as well as catch the ball
• The ability to focus on batting/bowling/fielding for long periods of time
Cricket is always a fun sport! Lovers of the game will tell you that age, time, place, number of players, lack of equipment is not what matters, but it is the fun you have while you are at it! Give us a thumbs up below, if you love Cricket and tell us your most fond memories of playing the sport in the comments below.