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(BBC-US)   World's largest cricket stadium impresses players, confuses Americans through absence of mound and diamond   (bbc.com) divider line
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2021-02-24 11:47:24 AM  
As someone born in the Sates who's grandparents on one side and great grandparents on the other were Eastern European immigrants...

C R I C K E T <3 <3 <3
 
2021-02-24 12:09:07 PM  
The first ever international cricket match was USA versus Canada, but all but one of the participants were from England.  The other one was from Glasgow.  Within 20 years, baseball had overtaken cricket as the top sport in North America.
 
2021-02-24 12:28:40 PM  

Lifeless: The first ever international cricket match was USA versus Canada, but all but one of the participants were from England.  The other one was from Glasgow.  Within 20 years, baseball had overtaken cricket as the top sport in North America.


My Brit friends call baseball "rounders" and tell me it's something that schoolgirls play back home.
 
2021-02-24 12:31:08 PM  

Lifeless: The first ever international cricket match was USA versus Canada, but all but one of the participants were from England.  The other one was from Glasgow.  Within 20 years, baseball had overtaken cricket as the top sport in North America.


I can't understand why. It only takes 5 - 7 hour days to complete a game. Everybody got time for that.


/s
 
2021-02-24 12:47:36 PM  
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
Each man that's in the side that's in goes out and when he's out comes in and the next man goes in until he's out.
When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.
When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.
Sometimes there are men still in and not out.
There are men called umpires who stay out all the time, and they decide when the men who are in are out.
Depending on the weather and the light, the umpires can also send everybody in, no matter whether they're in or out.
When both sides have been in and all the men are out (including those who are not out), that's the end of the game
 
2021-02-24 12:59:49 PM  
Jimmy cricket
That's a sticky wicket

Or is it a wacky stickit?
A tricky wicky?
A wiggly wookie?
 
2021-02-24 2:10:45 PM  
Not impressed.
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2021-02-24 2:12:50 PM  
How Cricket Looks For Most People
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Seriously though, it's a fantastic game.

Just think of it as baseball with a 360 degree field.. And instead of running bases, the two batters switch ends of the bowling pitch to score points.
The bowler's job is to knock over the wickets. It's bowling because they can't bend their elbow (which would make it a throw, not a bowl).
The batter's job is to protect the wickets and to put the ball into play in such a way as to allow him and the other batter to swap ends before the ball comes back to the wickets. That's how they score points.
Everyone else is trying to get the ball from the field back to the wickets to knock them over while the batters are running between ends to get them out.

There's a lot of nuance and strategy to it all, but that's basically all you need to know to have a game with a bunch of people given a flat grassy field, bat, ball & wickets.
 
2021-02-24 3:51:30 PM  
Baseball: runs are hard, outs are easy
Cricket: runs are easy, outs are hard

Getting bowled out on the first pitch in a major cricket match has to be one of the worst feelings in all of sports (up there with an OG at the World Cup).
 
2021-02-24 4:26:40 PM  
I know Shahrukh Khan bought a cricket team in Los Angeles, I wonder if he's got any money in this stadium in the article. He owns the Kolkata Knight Riders.
 
2021-02-24 4:29:06 PM  
Also can't leave the thread without mentioning Lagaan.
 
2021-02-24 6:44:13 PM  

youre killing independent george: There's a lot of nuance and strategy to it all, but that's basically all you need to know to have a game with a bunch of people given a flat grassy field, bat, ball & wickets and a week off from work.


J/K, I've played backyard cricket games that only lasted until everyone got bored or fed up (which didn't take long).  First-class cricket definitely shows its roots as an upper class game, though.  Nobody who worked for a living could find four or five days in a row to even watch a match, let alone play it.
 
2021-02-24 7:16:43 PM  

youre killing independent george: It's bowling because they can't bend their elbow (which would make it a throw, not a bowl).


Not a cricket fan, but I ended up falling in a cricket-related wikihole the other day that began by reading about W. G. Grace.

But in early cricket, according to the wiki, the ball was bowled along the ground, as in lawn bowls. And before overarm bowling was allowed, the style used was roundarm bowling, which Grace used even after overarm bowling was allowed. From textual description it sounds like a baseball pitch? I tried to find images or videos of what it might look like, but failed.

But the ball has to bounce off the ground in cricket before being hit, right? So the overarm style is going to be the most natural and best way to get speed/spin/whatever in the ball.
 
2021-02-24 7:43:40 PM  

Bondith:
J/K, I've played backyard cricket games that only lasted until everyone got bored or fed up (which didn't take long).  First-class cricket definitely shows its roots as an upper class game, though.  Nobody who worked for a living could find four or five days in a row to even watch a match, let alone play it.

There's lots of variations on the rules specifically to give you a full game in a shortened timeframe, be it a couple hours or an afternoon or a full day.

iron de havilland: youre killing independent george: It's bowling because they can't bend their elbow (which would make it a throw, not a bowl).

Not a cricket fan, but I ended up falling in a cricket-related wikihole the other day that began by reading about W. G. Grace.

But in early cricket, according to the wiki, the ball was bowled along the ground, as in lawn bowls. And before overarm bowling was allowed, the style used was roundarm bowling, which Grace used even after overarm bowling was allowed. From textual description it sounds like a baseball pitch? I tried to find images or videos of what it might look like, but failed.

But the ball has to bounce off the ground in cricket before being hit, right? So the overarm style is going to be the most natural and best way to get speed/spin/whatever in the ball.


Yeah you have to bounce it in the space in front of the batter's feet and spin is a huge part of it. It's not hard to bowl accurately as far as just playing a casual game..
 
2021-02-24 11:02:22 PM  
I mean, it's a relief they're finally getting some user out of this monster besides for a political rally. And a relief the Fark headline about it didn't mention either of the arseholes headlining said rally.

But seriously, how did the Indians let Australia get away with having the biggest cricket stadium in the world for so long?
 
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