Cricket to Indian is like Hockey to Canadian. Cricket is probably the national sport in India and every one seems crazy about it. I haven’t a live game, but I see lots of cricket on TV as the world champion is playing in Australia this week. The India team is playing against the Australians and too bad they lost the game. At first I have no clue what is going on in the game. The good thing is that everyone is happy to explain the rule to me. It took me a while to get a sense of what is going on in the field.
Cricket is kinda like baseball, with pitcher, batter and catcher. Instead of running in diamond, the batter runs back and forth in the dirt stripe in the middle of the field. The rule is similar to baseball. The pitcher throw the ball to the batter, then the batter strike the ball. If the ball is caught in the air, the batter is out. Otherwise, the batter can keep running to score more points until the ball is threw back to the stripe. If the ball go outside of the field, it kinda like home run, the batter automatically score 4 points or 6 points depending on whether the ball is in the air. Of course, the team score more points win the game. The rule kinda make sense up to this point, just like baseball.
The flow of game is weird. Instead of having innings with teams playing offense and defense alternatively, the game is played in two sessions. One team will finish all his batting in first session, then the other team will do the batting in second session. A session ends when all the batter are strike out or 500 balls is threw. It’s kinda like a team score several hundred points first, then let the another team to catch up. The game flow makes the game not very exciting. The first few hundred points is kinda boring, since it won’t make much difference to the game. Only when the second team come close to catch up and almost run of batters or balls, then the game becomes interesting. It is more fun to see the score from both teams leap frogging each other every inning.