Cricket Rules and Gameplay

Cricket is a popular bat-and-ball game in which two teams consisting of 11 player play against each other. The game is played on a field with a rectangular pitch at its center. The total length of the pitch is 22 yards. There is a batting team that tries to collect as many runs as they can, while the fielding team tries to get all the batsmen out before they can build a big score. The striking batsman runs to the pitch's opposite side to touch the crease there, after hitting the ball in order to score a run. The 2 teams switch their positions between bowling and batting after the completion of an innings.

Rules and Gameplay

The game of cricket is played on a grassy playground with the diameter of the ground ranging between 150 yards and 160 yards (137 meters and 150 meters). The shape of the cricket field is not specified by the Laws of Cricket, but it is generally oval.

A game of cricket is divided into multiple innings. At the time of an innings (the word "innings" is written with an "s" at its end in both singular as well as plural form) 1 team bats and the other team fields. The whole team of the fielding side takes the field together. But only 2 players of the batting side are on the playground at a time.

Cricket Rules And Gameplay The rectangular pitch, situated at the center of the cricket ground, is the most important part of the field, on which the game is being played. The two batsmen are stationed at the two opposite sides of the pitch. Both the batsmen have to play from behind the crease, a line drawn at each terminal of the pitch. All the 11 players of the fielding side position themselves across the field, outside the pitch.

There is a wicket behind each batsman which is the main target of the bowling team. Three stumps and two bails make up the wicket, with the stumps being hammered into the playground at both ends of the cricket pitch. The bowler tries to bowl in a way so that the ball hits the wicket situated behind the batsman playing at the striking end. The bowling is done from the non striking end of the cricket pitch. The task of the striking batsman is to strike the ball with the cricket bat before it can hit the stumps. The fielding team tries to dismiss a batsman by hitting the stumps behind him or catching the ball, stroke by the batsman, before it reaches the ground. A batsman has to leave the field after he is out to be substituted by the next player from the batting side.

The batsman can score 6 runs at once by hitting the ball in a manner so that it goes over the boundary without touching the field. If the batsman can send the ball to the boundary after it touches the field, the batting side gets 4 runs.

A bowler has to bowl an over consisting of six balls every time he comes to bowl. Another bowler from the fielding side comes to bowl the next over once an over is finished. One bowler may bowl several overs in a match, but never two consecutive overs