What is cricket

Cricket, England’s national summer sport, which is now played throughout the world, particularly in Australia, India, Pakistan, the West Indies, and the British Isles.

Cricket is played with a bat and ball and involves two competing sides (teams) of 11 players. The field is oval with a rectangular area in the middle, known as the pitch, that is 22 yards (20.12 metres) by 10 feet (3.04 metres) wide. Two sets of three sticks, called wickets, are set in the ground at each end of the pitch. Across the top of each wicket lie horizontal pieces called bails. The sides take turns at batting and bowling (pitching); each turn is called an “innings” (always plural). Sides have one or two innings each, depending on the prearranged duration of the match, the object being to score the most runs. The bowlers, delivering the ball with a straight arm, try to break (hit) the wicket with the ball so that the bails fall. This is one of several ways that the batsman is dismissed, or put out. A bowler delivers six balls at one wicket (thus completing an “over”), then a different player from his side bowls six balls to the opposite wicket. The batting side defends its wicket.

There are two batsman up at a time, and the batsman being bowled to (the striker) tries to hit the ball away from the wicket. A hit may be defensive or offensive. A defensive hit may protect the wicket but leave the batsmen no time to run to the opposite wicket. In that case the batsmen need not run, and play will resume with another bowl. If the batsman can make an offensive hit, he and the second batsman (the nonstriker) at the other wicket change places. Each time both batsmen can reach the opposite wicket, one run is scored. Providing they have enough time without being caught out and dismissed, the batsmen may continue to cross back and forth between the wickets, earning an additional run for each time both reach the opposite side. There is an outside boundary around the cricket field. A ball hit to or beyond the boundary scores four points if it hits the ground and then reaches the boundary, six points if it reaches the boundary from the air (a fly ball). The team with the highest number of runs wins a match. Should both teams be unable to complete their number of innings before the time allotted, the match is declared a draw. Scores in the hundreds are common in cricket.

Matches in cricket can range from informal weekend afternoon encounters on village greens to top-level international contests spread over five days in Test matches and played by leading professional players in grand stadiums.

HOW TO BAT?

Every cricketer should know how to bat. The important thing to remember about batting is to protect your wickets/stumps. Batting can be perfected by knowing a few simple and important cricket batting basics. Below are some tips you can follow to perfection your batting skills –

Perfect your grip on the bat

Place the bat on the ground with its end facing you. Pick up the bat by placing your dominant hand above your non-dominant hand. Put your thumbs in the opposite direction along with your fingers. Make sure you wear gloves for batting and place your thumb in V shape. Hold the bat according to your comfort.

Facing the bowler

While batting, your non-dominant side should be facing the bowler. This is done so that your dominant hand pushes the bat with full force to hit the ball far and high and away from the bowler.

Feet should be at a comfortable distance

Placing your feet 1-foot separate from one another gives stability to your batting.  Bend your knees a bit so that you can run after hitting the ball. Distribute your weight equally on both your legs and look directly at the ball.

Alignment

Make sure your toes are in a straight line from the middle stump to your dominant feet. The bowler tries to aim at your wickets and so stand in front of them while covering half of the wicket to protect it from falling.

Reading the bat

Hold the bat horizontally away from the bowler and at your thigh level which is perpendicular to the ground. In this position, you can easily make a defensive hit.

Swinging the bat

Tap the bat twice on the ground to indicate the bowler that you are ready to hit. While doing this, try to move your strength from your body to the bat and keep your eye on the ball at all times. The strength will help you make a long and far shot.

Ready to hit

Lift your bat backward while going in for a hit. This is called a backlift. Choose your direction and strength according to the pitch of the ball. If you move your head or shoulder, you can distract yourself from the ball. That’s why to move your shoulder in front a bit and bend to keep your head and body straight throughout.

Move backward or forward

Move accordingly to the shot you wanna hit. Wait for the swing and then move accordingly either by taking a small step back or front. Shift your weight to the back leg so that you get the balance while taking a swing. Shifting weight enables you to adjust to the ball which bounces higher after the pitch and takes a longer time to reach you. Move forward to make a full pitch.

Lead shoulder followed by front foot

While making the swing, begin with moving the lead shoulder first and then followed by your front foot. This movement maintains the balance and strength in your body and with the bat.

Choose the shot

Decide which shot to take according to the ball. Keep your eye on the ball as it can move straight towards the wicket or sideways. This will help you decide your shot and strength.

batting DRILLS

SHADOW PRACTICE
Shadow batting is a practice drill used by professional cricketers to improve their batting skills. It involves pretending to bat with no ball involved. It can be done with or without a bat in hand. The general idea is to simulate the batting action over and over again to train your body.
Top and Bottom Hand Remedial Drill
The top hand is firmer and the V its thumb and forefinger makes opens out towards the outer edge of the bat, while the bottom hand plays only a supporting role. A correct grip allows a proper downswing, which in turn enables a batsman to play the ball with the full face of the bat.
Decision Making Drill - Pick The Length
To judge the length, the batsman must watch the point of release of the delivery. The earlier the release, the fuller the ball, which in effect means that if the bowler delivers the ball at the first point of release, it would result in a beamer.

CRICKET TROPHIES

The Indian cricket team is one of the most successful cricket teams in the world, having won 2 ICC World Cups, 1 ICC World Twenty20, 2 ICC Champion’s Trophies and finished runners up in the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship. The 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, was initially meant to be hosted by India.

BOWLING DRILLS

Prehab Drill – Med Ball Slams

Med Ball slams have now become a staple part of any elite teams training program. They’re great to use in preseason as a progressive exercise that help strengthen your core and stabilising muscles and therefore reduce your risk of injury. They’re also great in season to use before training or a game as part of your warm up routine.

Swing Drill – Swing Around The Stump

This drill works by giving you a measurable target and result of whether you’re swinging the ball. It helps you understand where you need to start the ball to get the ball in a good area when it’s swinging.

Execution Drill – The Yorker

Execution drills work by taking away other distractions and allowing you to focus on one thing, executing that particular skill.In this case it’s the yorker and different variations of the yorker.

 

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