Fascinating Facts about Cricket

Funny Facts About the Sport of Cricket

Last Updated: Aug 20, 2013 | By A.G. Moody

Photo Caption The object in cricket is to score the most runs. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Cricket is thought to have originated with English shepherds who developed the game to play while they guarded their flocks. Known as England’s national pastime, cricket is played by two 11-player teams that take turns batting. The object of the game is to score the most runs. Batsmen score runs while bowlers bowl balls and attempt to get batters “out,” meaning removed from the playing grounds. Ten fielders help the bowler prevent batters from scoring.

Equipment

“Wicket” refers to the small gates used on cricket playing grounds. Cricket bats weigh anywhere from 2 to 3 pounds and the balls are made of layered cork wrapped tightly with string and covered by an outer layer of leather. Men’s cricket balls weigh about 5 1/2 ounces. Bats and balls used by women and youth cricketers are smaller and lighter.

Cricket Vs. Baseball

The first game ever played in the U.S. that used a bat and a ball was cricket. The sport was popular in America from 1834 to 1914, when more than 1,000 cricket clubs existed in 46 states. Cricket led to the game rounders, which evolved into townball and, subsequently, baseball, America’s national pastime. Cricket does not use a round base path like that used in baseball. Cricketers run in straight lines.

Bowling Greats

It’s not easy to define history’s greatest bowler. “The Wisden Cricketer,” an English magazine, claims Murali Muralitharan of Sri Lanka is the greatest. Other noted bowlers include Shane Warne of Australia, Richard Hadlee of New Zealand and the West Indies’ Courtney Walsh.

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