I’m sure you’ll agree with me that cricket is probably the greatest sport on Earth, and learning how to play cricket is easy as well if you are a cricketer like me. The fact is for many people all around the world cricket is almost like a religion, every week fans and players go to training and watch matches, dedicated to the sport we cricketers all love.
Learning How To Play Cricket
The problem with cricket is learning how to play cricket, importantly how to play cricket better than your opposition, and team mates, it’s a great feeling to be the best player on the team. Many people think they can learn how to play cricket just by going down to nets, batting and bowling for a bit, then playing at the weekends.
The problem with this is that unless you have a good coach or senior players to oversee you, you will pick up bad habits which you reinforce every time you practice. You end up practicing bad habits and trust me this is the last thing you want.
If you are serious about learning how to play cricket you need to do the following things to help ensure your cricket success:
- Join a club with a good coaching system in place and that actively trains players to become coaches themselves, this ensures that there is a good coaching network within the club and so will help you progress and improve.
- Take an active approach to improving your cricket, read books, watch video clips, or even better coaching videos of top players and learn from them. When you go to training, don’t just go through the motions, ask your coach or team mates to watch you play and pick out any faults and look to always make improvements.
- If you have the money, pay your local pro or top coach to give you some one-on- one advice and guidance and find out where you need to be improving. If possible get someone to video you playing in a match or in the nets to help with this.
Learning how to play cricket and improving yourself as a player is a great goal to have. However, giving tips on how to play cricket in terms of batting, bowling and fielding are beyond the scope of this article. But if you follow the tips above and take and active approach to improving your cricket you won’t go far wrong.
Basics on How to Play Cricket
The first thing you need to know about playing cricket is that it is a team sport and the best teams are the ones that work hard and perform as a team. But don’t let this bother you playing cricket it can be fun and you will enjoy it if you look at it the right way. A cricket team has 12 players this is because there are 11 on the field and the 12th will come on if someone in injured or tired.
When your team is batting you have two openers these are the first two batsmen to go onto the field. The batsmen were pads and a box as well as a helmet this is for there their protection they also have a bat this is to hit the ball with and hopefully score some runs. Runs is what you want to get when you are batting and you do not want to get out however if the umpire (referee) gives you out it is best not to argue with them. To score runs the batsmen have to hit the ball and then run between the wickets if the ball hits the wickets the batsmen closest to them is out if you are playing for a cricket club the coach should tell you more about this.
This is the opposite to batting were you are trying to stop the batsmen scoring while getting them out after you get one batsmen out another will replace their place this continues till you get 10 players out this is because you can only have 2 players on the batting at all times the 12th man does not batt unless someone is injured. The fielding team have one bowler at a time there are many different types of bowling but we won’t go into them now. The bowler will move their bowling arm (this is usually their dormant hand) around in a circle and when the ball in your hand reaches just past your ear you realize. It the ball should bounce near the batsmen’s feet. The batsmen will try to hit the ball with their bat they can hit the ball along the ground or in the air the down side of hitting the ball in the air is that fielders on the opposite team can catch the ball and they will be out.
Some people think that the scoring in a came of cricket is quite difficult but when you get to know the game this becomes 2nd nature. The batting side try to get runs while the fielding side try to get them out but when the bating team are all out or they have reached their batting limit the teams swap positions and the same thing happens again. When you read cricket scores they will say like Australia are 2 for 220 this means Australia are batting and two of their batsmen are out and they have scored 220 runs. This is the basics on how to play cricket.
How to Play Cricket
As much as anyone I love hitting the cricket ball, as hard and as often as possible, However it doesn’t come quite as easily as many would think.. Cricket, is a lot of hard work.
The old axiom that boys and girls around the world from Mumbai to London to Sydney, should live and breathe is: “Practice makes perfect.” Natural skills make up only 50 per- cent of a batsman’s game. The ability to swing the ball both ways is only good for a bowler if he can master. movement both ways consistently in a match, and not just at practice.
A player with ability who doesn’t utilise it to the fullest extent is often not in the same bracket as the good old fashioned trier who uses his skills to the very fullest and makes up for the rest with sheer dedication and application. The proven formula for successful cricket is 50 per cent skills, 40 per cent application and 10 per cent fitness. Fitness and concentration are close aligned. lf you haven’t got the stamina, it’s easy to lose your concentration and in the blink of an eye is all it takes for a batsman to be walking back to the pavilion.
Other kids at 11 and 13 may have been better than me, but by working at it, and devoting myself to the game, l was able to outdo them by the time l was 16 or so. You don’t go stale, you just increase your chances of improving. At practice whether its batting, bowling or fielding, throw yourself into it like it’s an actual match. Don’t forget the fielding aspect either. Reflexes here aid both your batting and bowling.
Young kids shouldn’t worry if they miss the team or can’t make runs or take wickets. The results will come as long as you put in the effort. One big advantage for children is if you look like a cricketer, you often get a game in front of your mate. It doesn’t require lots of money to be neat with clean white shoes and pressed pants and shirt. Look like a cricketer and you’ll be part of your team, in no time. Even if you haven’t got any cricket mad brothers and sisters, there are many at your club and around your home. Practice every night and watch the rewards.
How to Prevent Cricket Injuries
According to research conducted by John Orchard into cricket injury, 9% of cricketers are injured at any point in time. Fast bowlers are at increased risk of injury as well, with 15% of them falling susceptible to injury at any given time. Some cricket injuries can abbreviate careers of good cricketers like Ian Bishop-who had persistent back injuries. Clearly, knowing how to prevent injuries during a cricket match can save your career or even your life.
Cricket is a multi-dimensional sport where players engage in a wide range of activities (batting, bowling and fielding). Therefore, there are myriad ways of preventing injury during a cricket game that include:
- Wearing proper protective equipment
- Using additional strain-minimizing gear
- Training properly
- Avoiding overload
Wearing protective equipment
In modern cricket, protective equipment reduces and prevents the occurrence of serious injury. A hard ball at high pace can do considerable damage to susceptible areas of the human body. The first port of call for any cricketer is to wear as much protective equipment as possible. In many cases, it is not just enough to have the equipment but to have quality protection.
Batters and close-in fielders should wear helmets. Having a helmet is far better than having none but it is advisable to use a helmet with a grill that protects the face as well as the head. In the past batters played without helmets (notably Viv Richards). That requires tremendous skill and is a serious risk that few could and should take. Wicketkeepers often come up to the stumps without helmets, although it is clearly not an injury-proof practice.
Pads and guards:
Batters must wear pads when batting because a hard ball delivered at 90 miles or even 50 miles can damage your shin and knees. Wicketkeepers also wear specially designed and less cumbersome pads as part of their necessary equipment. Close-in fielders should opt to wear shin guards. Batters should also reduce injury-risk by using use arm guards, thigh guards, chest guards and ‘box’ guards.
Batting gloves help with gripping the bat, but they also help protect against injury to the hand. Batters should ensure that the gloves are properly padded- especially around the fingers.
Using strain-minimizing optional equipment
Fielders, bowlers and batters have the option of wearing additional aids that reduce wear, tear and stress on joints, ligaments and tissues. Ankle braces, shock-absorbing insoles, specially designed cricket boots, knee straps and compression shorts are just some of the aids to minimize strain. While protective gear seeks to prevent serious injury and impact injuries, strain-minimizing gear seeks to prevent recurrent, minor injuries that can become lingering problems over time.
Proper training is important for cricket since the modern game requires a higher degree of athleticism. Batsmen and fielders must be able to sprint, fielders have to throw and bowlers have to deliver with an action that naturally places stress on certain body parts. Improper execution of these can increase the risk of injury.
Before any match or training activity, cricket players must warm up to get the muscles more flexible and joints accustomed to movement. It is also critical for players to train consistently between games, since cricket requires sudden, intense activity over long periods.
Bowling is a very unnatural act for the human body. It is no surprise that side strains, back pain and hamstring injuries are the most common cricket injuries. Fast bowlers have many stress fractures- particularly in the lower back. The type of bowling action of a fast bowler and his physical characteristics determine his susceptibility to injuries. Even spin bowlers can develop shoulder injuries, wrist and finger injuries.
The type of bowling that a cricketer does should influence his exercise routine. Fast bowlers must place emphasis on core-strengthening exercises and proper rotator-cuff action. Spinners normally bowl many overs and rely more on their shoulder and wrists. Rotator-cuff exercises should be done gradually, with a view to avoiding excessive activity.
Avoiding overload or unnecessary risks
Captains also have a role in preventing injury during a cricket match by properly rotating their bowlers. A single spell of 12 overs can do more damage to a fast bowler than two spells of 8 overs with a fair break in-between. Fielders can sometimes get exuberant during cricket matches in attempting to save runs- especially on the boundary. While fielding near the boundary, fielders must be mindful of advertising boards and the boundary rope. Ramnaresh Sarwan of the West Indies ruled himself out of the West Indies 2007 tour of England by sliding into an advertising board.
Even with the best methods and equipment, injuries can occur in sports from time to time. In an odd sport like cricket, many ‘freak’ injuries can occur as well. The most important thing to note is that you can minimize or prevent certain injuries. Many cricketers cut corners or take chances with their equipment and methods on the field of play. To avoid injury during the process of learning how to play cricket match, it is important to control what you do and wear on the field and even off of it.