For the uninitiated, here are ten essential cricket terms

Right now, one of the most important sporting events of the year is taking place, and almost no one in the United States is aware of it.

Sri Lanka is hosting the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 (ICC T20 World Cup). Cricket is immensely popular in former British colonies, and the T20 World Cup is projected to be watched by over a billion people worldwide this year. Even though the United States has a national cricket team, most Americans are unaware of the sport. If you know anything about cricket, you’ve undoubtedly heard that it takes a long time to play (which isn’t accurate) and that there are a few strange terms, such as “googly.” Here are five words you should be familiar with when it comes to one of the world’s most popular games. If you are a die-hard fan of this sporting event, you may have a good possibility of winning bets.

Twenty20

Twenty20 (T20) cricket is a newer version of the game that appeals to a younger audience. T20 cricket was first played in 2003 by the England and Wales Cricket Board. It is a game in which two sides play one inning, each with a maximum of 20 overs. A typical T20 match lasts three to four hours, with a single 10-20 minute interlude, making cricket comparable to other prominent professional sports in terms of duration. Other forms of cricket can take days to complete, which is inconvenient for fans both on the ground and at home.

Innings

An innings is the fundamental play unit in cricket, just as it is in baseball and softball. One team is at-bat, and the other is on defense in a single inning. It is still an “inning” when they swap, not a “half-inning” like baseball and softball. The singular and plural forms of the word “innings” are used interchangeably. In cricket, what we would call a half-inning is sometimes referred to as a “frame.” An inning isn’t over until ten out of eleven batters have been struck out.

Batsman

The batsman is the player who is attempting to hit the ball with his bat. Two men bat at a time in cricket, albeit only one is pitched to at a time. They keep batting until they get an out. Some players specialize as an outstanding batsmen, just as they do in baseball. In a single inning, a good batter can score dozens of runs.

Bowler

Consider the word “pitcher.” Some players, like batters, specialize as bowlers. Bowlers employ a variety of specialty pitches, speeds, and methods to get the batsman out.

Wicket Keeper is a fictional character.

The catcher would be the wicketkeeper in baseball. His major responsibility is to catch the bowler’s pitches. If the batsman misses catching the ball, he might try to score runs known as “byes.” The batsman is out if he tips the ball and the wicketkeeper sees it, making the wicketkeeper the most probable player on the field to record an out in this manner. He is also the defensive field’s most specialized player, rarely called upon to play any position other than the goalkeeper.

Overs A cricket over is analogous to a baseball at-bat in the United States. Six legal balls in a row is dead. A no-ball can happen for various reasons, the most common of which being the bowler stepping out of the popping crease (like pitcher’s mound, but flat) or failing to bounce the ball before it reaches the batsman. When a bowler finishes an over, he must enable another player to take his place, the fielders must switch ends, and the new bowler must pitch to the other batsman.

Wicket

Three sticks with sticks across the top are placed on each end of the batting area. The stumps are the upright sticks, while the bail is the cross sticks. The wickets are essentially equivalent to baseball’s “bases.” The term “sticky wicket,” which most Americans have heard, has nothing to do with the wicket. This refers to a damp pitch, which can make playing more difficult.

In cricket, an out is analogous to a strikeout in baseball. If a batter is out, he must leave the field and be replaced by another batter. The batter is out if the bowler hits the wicket and knocks the ball loose. If a fielder tosses the ball back in and strikes a door while the batsmen are running (there are always two batsmen in play at any given moment), the batsman closest to that wicket is out. The batter is out if he hits the ball, but a fielder catches it before it bounces. A batsman is also out if he knocks his wicket over (for example, by rushing into it while attempting to strike the ball).

Runs

When a batter puts the ball in play, and the two batters sprint across the pitch and switch sides, the batting team scores a run. Batters are permitted to sprint back and forth as many times as they dare to take a chance. Batters are not needed to run when they hit the ball, unlike in baseball or softball. As a result, if a batter hits a bad pitch, he and his teammate are not obligated to risk an out.

Googly

A sort of pitch on which a right-handed bowler spins the ball clockwise to make it bounce into the batsman. If the batter isn’t anticipating it, it’s an especially difficult pitch to hit. A “leg break” (away from a right-handed batsman), “top-spin” (causing the ball to drop swiftly), and “flipper” are examples of other pitches (causing the ball to drop slowly).

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