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An ambitious writer who wants to share his cricket experiences and some technicalities related to the game.

Cricket - The Gentleman's Game

Cricket - The Gentleman's Game


In present decade we know the kind of craze for cricket among the people. Cricket in present scenario has gained television rating, fan following and stadium attendance. Many advertisers are willing to sponsor heavily on matches and even players too.

Cricket has many rules and regulations imposed by governing authority i.e. ICC (International Cricket Council) that has to be adhered by each and every player. For being able to understand and play this game one should possess qualities such as discipline, passion and dedication. This is the reason behind why cricket is also known as Gentlemen Game.

ICC Test Cricket playing Countries

Country NameYear in which started playing


15 MAR 1877


15 MAR 1877


25 JUN 1932

South Africa

12 MAR1889

New Zealand

10 JAN 1930

Sri Lanka

17 FEB 1982


16 OCT1952


10 NOV 2000

West Indies

23 JUN 1928


14 JUN 2018


11 MAY 2018


18 OCT 1992

In this article we will be broadly covering the Basics of Cricket, few terminologies and bit of technicalities related to the game.

Team Composition

The game is played between two teams which consists of 15 players each. 11 players from each team participate in the game and 04 players from each side are kept as reserve players in case of any injuries or extra player required.

Players of each team are further classified on the basis of their special skills into bowler, batsman , all rounder (a player who can perform bowling and batting efficiently) and wicket keeper.

Each team has Captain and Vice Captain, who are responsible for taking vital decisions during and before the game.


Batting is carried on by two players of a team at a time. Their main objective is to score as much runs as they can for their team. These runs are vital in deciding the winner of the game. The batsman takes stance at the crease on the middle stump of the side of the pitch he bats. The basic equipment required by a batsman includes bat , gloves, helmet, elbow guard, thigh guard and abdominal guard. Batsman tries to hit the ball bowled by bowler to score runs by any of the following methods.

Batsman can hit the ball away from the fielder and runs from one end crease to another end to score a run or more before the fielder collects the ball and tries for dismissal.

He can also hit the ball bowled directly to the boundaries to score 4 runs or 6 runs depending on the fact that if the bounce is inside the boundary line then 04 runs will be awarded to the batsman and team. If the ball has cleared the boundary without any bounce inside then the batsman will be awarded 06 runs.

While the batsman tries to score the maximum amount of runs, he has to make sure he doesn't lose his wicket. A batsman can lose his wicket in 11 ways such as







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For Test matches the total score of the team after 10 dismissals is the total score required to be chased by other team in order to win the game.

But on the other hand in limited overs games like ODI'S and T20 the total score required to be chased can be after 10 dismissals on team batting first or on the completion of overs of the first inning's.

The shots played by the batsman can basically be divided into conventional shots, orthodox and modern or modified shots.


Bowling is the part of the game in which a bowler delivers the ball from crease on the opposite end of the pitch where a batsman takes the stance with the objective to dismiss the batsman, while simultaneously trying not to let the batsman score runs of the ball.

Bowling on the correct line and length is very important. Appropriate distance from the crease is also an important factor as the batting team can be rewarded by extra runs via Wide ball, No ball and free hits.

A bowler can be broadly classified as pace or swing bowler based on the speed and leg or off spinner based on the way and direction the ball spin after pitching on wicket.


Ground Specifications

Grounds are mostly oval in shape with a rectangular pitch at the centre of the ground where batting and bowling is done by both playing teams alternately surrounded by lush green outfield which looks amazing. length of the pitch is 22 yards and breadth 03 meters.

There is a 30 yard circle around the pitch which is very crucial during field placement during power play.

Role of Fielder's

Fielder's play an important role in restricting the amount of runs scored by the opposite team batsman by preventing runs inside the ground by agile athleticism on field. Fielder's also playan important role in the dismissal of a batsman, it may either be by run out or by catches as the phrase goes "catches wins matches".

Wicket keeper is a specialised fielder whose position is fixed behind the wicket where the batsman takes the stance.Helmet, leg pads and wicket keeper gloves are the basic equipment worn by the wicket keeper. Keeping requires great specialisation as most of the time, keeper is the person who is very near to the batsman while a shot is played requiring the keeper to possess skills like excellent reflexes and great presence of mind. The keeper can dismiss a batsman through stamping i.e., when a ball is bowled to a batsman, he tries to hit the ball going out of his batting crease and has a miss hit on it the wicketkeeper can collect the ball behind the wicket and remove the bails of wickets before the batsman reaching back to the crease.

There are different field positions of the fielder's depending upon distance and direction from the batsman. The basic is that the left side of the pitch is known as off side and right side is known as leg side. Other Fielding positions are as follows

Long on, Long off, short mid wicket, mid wicket, mid on, mid off, gully, slips, third man, short third man,Fly Slip,Long Stop, Deep Gully, Silly Point, Deep point, Cover sweeper, cover point, extra cover, deep extra cover, silly mid off, silly mid on, straight hit, long on, sweeper, square leg, deep square leg, leg gully, Long leg, leg slip, short fine leg, deep fine leg.

Appeal - Till the time the Fielding team doesn't appeal to the umpire, umpire may not give the decision for the batsman to be out by raising his index finger towards the sky.Thus appealing for dismissals is must for Fielding team, Appeal is generally done in these terms " Hows That".


Generally, three umpires are required for the smooth conduct of a game, who are responsible for having a check on regulations and make sure that the game is played with sportsmanship spirit by all the players of both teams.

The three umpires are Leg umpire, Main umpire and Third or TV umpire. The main job of Main umpire and Leg umpire is carried on the cricket field and most of the on ground decisions lies in their hands.

If there is some uncertainty in Umpire decision or if a player wants to challenge the decision of the on field umpire, he can always ask for the DRS (Decision Review System).

The Third umpire takes the conclusive and deciding crucial decisions of the game with the help of cameras and modern technologies such as ultra edge, slow motion imaging and hot spots.

Match Decisions

Like any other game one of the teams has to win and other team losses. There are four possible outcomes of a match.

Win - if a team passes through the target set by another team, then they win.

Tie - When both the teams end up scoring the same amount of runs in the limited over game then the match is said to be a tie.

Draw - This possibility creates when both teams are unable to win the game. This kind of situation is only related to test matches.

Match Called Off - Under special natural obstructions like rain, bad visibility ,etc. A match can be Called Off by the on field Umpires.

Apart from the above said there are two more ways to decide the winner of a cricket limited overs game.


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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Yogitech


Yogitech (author) from Mumbai on January 26, 2021:

Thanks Shalini for this lovely inspirational comment.

Yogitech (author) from Mumbai on April 03, 2020:

Thanks for your comments.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 03, 2020:

Interesting and informative article about cricket. Enjoyed reading.

Yogitech (author) from Mumbai on February 23, 2020:

Thanks santosh

Santosh on February 23, 2020:

Nice Knowledge

Yogitech (author) from Mumbai on February 21, 2020:

You should be watching it. Otherwise I would says should actually be played.

Not only cricket any sports as it build muscles and strengthen your outer body.

Which makes a perfect combination of soul and body known as human.

Natasha Tungare from India on February 20, 2020:

You won't believe but I really have never liked sports because I never understood the rules and method of playing a game. But the way you have described about cricket in here, I guess I will now be able to know sports well by reading your articles

Sonia from New York on February 20, 2020:

Interesting article and video! It certainly explained the principle in simple detail.

Yogitech (author) from Mumbai on February 19, 2020:

Thanks jeeshan for such a lovely comment.

jeeshan khan on February 19, 2020:

It's basic but great knowledge for me...I didn't know how many types a cricketer out..thanxxx sir..Jai Hind

Yogitech (author) from Mumbai on February 16, 2020:

Thanks success 79

Yogitech (author) from Mumbai on February 16, 2020:

Thanks Dora for the comments. Will provide more interesting hubs in future on the same topics

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 16, 2020:

I grew up listening to international cricket commentaries on the radio and watching local cricket matches. Still I appreciate this detailed information on the game.

Sonia from New York on February 02, 2020:

Interesting article! This is well articulated and written.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 26, 2020:

Yes, unless you have actually played cricket, it is difficult to understand all the rules and terminology. Like any other sport.

Yogitech (author) from Mumbai on January 26, 2020:

Thanks Jodah for commenting and sharing your experience. Cricket is just a another game like all others. The matter is that just for knowing any game you have to get into the ground and start playing it.

Take care Jodah

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 26, 2020:

Hi Yogitech. You covered the basics of cricket very well. I was recently asked by an American friend to write a poem about cricket and found it quite challenging. Thank you for sharing.

Yogitech (author) from Mumbai on January 26, 2020:

Thanks Shalini for the comments. It was my first article and just now I have posted one more hope your blessings are there.

Thanks again

Shalini Jadhvani from India on January 26, 2020:

Welcome to HubPages. Indeed, an informative article. Nice write. Congratulations. Keep going. Best wishes.

Yogitech (author) from Mumbai on January 25, 2020:

Thanks buddy. Hope so you enjoyed the article

Diwakar Jangir on January 25, 2020:

Nice try. Keep it up

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